Well, ABC has made official what’s been obvious for nine months: “Better Off Ted” has been canceled. Someone responsible for “Ted” must have nailed an ABC executive’s wife, because it was the best sitcom on ABC (until “Modern Family” arrived), yet it constantly got shuffled around to different days and suffered the indignity of having new episodes burned off during the summer when it was surrounded by re-runs. Meanwhile, ABC had an open slot in its block of Wednesday comedies ever since the atrocious “Hank” was canceled, but ABC filled the open half-hour with — I’m not kidding — Charlie Brown specials. F*cking Charlie Brown.
Anyway, I guess that’s the last time I get to bitch about that. It’s nice to have some closure. RIP, the loyal workers of Veridian Dynamics.
Other cancellations and pick-ups, including the “Law & Order” hubbub:
ABC — Also canceled “FlashForward,” “Scrubs,” and Alyssa Milano’s “Romantically Challenged,” because those shows blow. And yet “V” got renewed for a 13-episode second season.
NBC — All sorts of turmoil here. The big hubbub is that “Law & Order: Original Flavor” may finally be dead after 20 seasons. Or it’s possible NBC is just playing hardball with creator Dick Wolf. Whatever the case, I blame Jerry Orbach for dying. Elsewhere, “Heroes” looks dead in the water, but there’s a possibility that fans of the show will get a two- or four-episode conclusion to tie crap up. And to prove that there are still some good decisions out there, the remake of “Rockford Files” starring Dermot Mulroney is dead.
CBS – Greenlit “Mike & Molly” from Chuck Lorre, the same guy who made ratings monsters “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s about a couple who are fat. Get it? It’s funny because they’re fat! Man, I love CBS’s high-concept humor.