March 1, 2013

THE SKED: The Clock Runs Down for “Zero Hour”

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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It looks like we’ll never find out what that creepy Damien-like kid was doing with the genetically mutated assassin (or who Amy Irving was supposed to be), let alone what Albert Einstein’s translated final equations were talking about.  After three horribly rated episodes, including a 1.0 this week, ABC has yanked ZERO HOUR from its schedule, with no plans to air it elsewhere (although the remaining episodes could end up burned off during the summer).  The Thursday 8PM slot has been a death march for dramas on ABC throughout the last few years, and for now the network will retreat to reality shows like Shark Tank, Wife Swap and Wipeout there.  

In other near-death news for shows theoretically on the bubble, Zach Cregger of GUYS WITH KIDS has taken a role in a new NBC pilot.  Although technically the new show is in 2nd position to any remaining duties Cregger would have on Guys, the fact that NBC is putting him in another project makes it pretty clear what the network thinks its chances are.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."