BREAKING NEWS: Ugly Betty Gets Cancelled!

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According to Entertainment Weekly's  Michael Ausiello, Ugly Betty is getting the axe. Ausiello reports, the show's current season, its fourth, will be its last. Additionally,  ABC has cut the current 22 episodes down to just 20. In a joint statement to EW, Betty's showrunner Silvio Horta and ABC president Steve McPherson state,


We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty’s final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion. We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.
 

 

Michael Ausiello Calls Daytime’s Downward Spiral “Depressing”


Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello spoke out on the news of As The World Turns' cancellation. Ausiello, a former writer for Soaps In Depth,  and the now defunct Soap Opera Update said,

ATWT’s demise wasn’t unexpected, but it still stings. As you probably know, I got my start covering soaps. In fact, my first college internship was at ATWT. To watch the once-mighty industry wither away like this is beyond depressing.

A Pair of Grey’s Scoop!



Michael Ausiello has a pair of Grey's Anatomy scoop! TR Knight is officially out as Dr. George O'Malley and Jessica Capshaw is a series regular as Dr. Arizona Robbins. Knight may even have another gig already lined up.
Fall's still months away, but one of last season's bigger Grey's Anatomy cliffhangers has already been resolved: Sources confirm to me exclusively that T.R. Knight's wish to be released from his contract has been granted. The official decision, I'm told, came down in the past few days, just as many of his castmates began receiving their formal pickup letters from ABC.
 
Fans of Grey's know that there has been plenty of speculation over TR Knight's status with the show when the news hit the net that he wanted out of his contract three years premature. As for Capshaw, it looks like Callie's (Sara Ramirez) love interest and love life are still going strong with Capshaw signing on as a series regular.




Lucas and Peyton Leave Tree Hill



Michael Ausiello is reporting the exclusive news at EW.com. Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton) are leaving Tree Hill behind. One Tree Hill was picked up for a seventh season without the show's two leads signed on. At that time, the rumor mill was buzzing that Murray was definitely not returning.
Sources confirm to me exclusively that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton, whose characters tied the knot in last night's penultimate episode, will not be returning for the show's seventh season next fall. The CW is expected to formally announce their departures next Thursday at its "upfront" presentation.

Murray and Burton have been engaged in rather high profile contract negotiations for the past several months. Ultimately, a deal couldn't be worked out and both actors will make their final appearances in next Monday's season finale.

To fill the void next season, a Tree Hill insider tells me that two new characters will be introduced. Additionally, Austin Nichols (Julian) is being promoted to a series regular.
 

Rick Springfield Cast in “Californication”

General Hospital 
alum Rick Srpingfield (Noah Drake) has been tapped to star in the Showtime original series, Californication. According to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, the actor/singer has signed on to star in four episodes. The role calls for Springfield to play himself, but with a slight twist. 

Springfield will play an former 80's heartthrob, whose career has fizzled out, and is now working as a waiter. Get ready to take out your heart meds Noah Drake lovers, because Springfield has agreed to showing 'tasteful nudity" for the cable drama's love scenes. No word yet on when the episodes will air.  

Vanessa Marcil on Without a Trace



Here's a look at Vanessa Marcil's upcoming appearance on Without a Trace. Check out TVGuide's take on what's coming up for the CBS crime drama:

On "Heartbeats," airing March 31, the agents have suspects galore when a Russian matchmaker disappears. On "Hard Landing," airing April 7, Vanessa Marcil continues her run as Martin's love interest, as the agents search for a billionaire's son whose plane crashes in the woods.

In other Without a Trace (and Cold Case) news, Michael Ausiello is reporting possible trouble for the procedurals.

Multiple sources confirm that cost-conscious CBS has informed the producers of Without a Trace and Cold Case that the long-running procedurals are facing possible cancellation come May.

Two More Seasons of Friday Night Lights?



I know I am not the only DC'er in love with the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights so I will spread the hopeful news that has me smiling from ear to ear: FNL may be getting a two season pick up! According to Michael Ausiello (EW.com), who has the exclusive news, it's looking good that FNL will get a fourth season as NBC and DirecTV try to work out a deal. Season three, airing now on NBC, had its first run on DirecTV.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that NBC is engaged in active talks with DirecTV to extend their unique shared-window experiment with Friday Night Lights. But there's a catch -- and it's a good one. According to an insider close to the negotiations, DTV and NBC might only seal the deal if they can get – holy Connie Britton Taylor! -- a two-season pickup.