- The Washington Times - Monday, October 9, 2006

‘Smith’ cancelled

The dreaded pink slip has been given to two more shows on TV’s new fall schedule.

CBS’ “Smith” and NBC’s “Kidnapped,” both dramas about families, have been cancelled, E! Online reports.

“Smith” starred Ray Liotta as a master criminal and family man and Virginia Madsen (“Sideways”) as his wife. NBC’s “Kidnapped” featured Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany as the distraught parents of an abducted 15-year-old boy.

“Smith,” seen Tuesday nights at 10, is off the schedule “until further notice,” CBS said. Moreover, the network no longer has the show, which aired just three times, on its Web site navigation bar.

“Smith” repeatedly placed third in its hour behind NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” and ABC’s “Boston Legal.”

“Kidnapped,” seen Wednesday evenings at 10, will air its remaining episodes on Saturday nights — a virtual television wasteland — starting Oct. 21. Next week, its former time slot will be taken over by “Dateline NBC.”

With just 6.3 million viewers, “Kidnapped” was last week’s least-watched drama series among the Big Four networks.

TV time for Tucci

“Smith’s” abrupt end may signal an early beginning for “3 Lbs,” a new medical drama originally scheduled for a midseason start (in January) on CBS.

According to Reuters news agency, the network has ordered four additional scripts of “3 Lbs.” and is pondering whether to introduce the series — starring Emmy-winner Stanley Tucci — next month.

The drama centers on the relationship between a rising-star brain surgeon (played by Mark Feuerstein) and the brilliant but unpredictable surgeon (Mr. Tucci) under whom he works.

The show already is in production for its midseason order. CBS is said to be very pleased with the episodes produced so far, Reuters reports, but is waiting to see more cuts before making a final decision about a November start.

No ‘Daily Show’ prez

Fans wearing “Stewart/Colbert ‘08” T-shirts can take them off. Comedy Central’s fake news stars have no intention of making a run for the White House, Associated Press reports.

Show star Jon Stewart said the T-shirts promoting him and Stephen Colbert “are a real sign of how sad people are” with the state of affairs in the country.

“Nothing says ‘I am ashamed of you my government’ more than ‘Stewart/Colbert ‘08,’” Mr. Stewart said on Sunday.

The comedian, who recently interviewed Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, on “The Daily Show,” said he’s been trying to get top Bush administration officials to appear.

“We have requests in there to everyone including Barney,” Mr. Stewart said, referring to the president’s Scottish terrier.

“Only Barney replies.”

“Man of the Year,” the upcoming Robin Williams movie which opens Friday, features a comedian not unlike Mr. Stewart who makes a run for the presidency.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from Web and wire reports

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