News+notes

Axed and Answered

EW looks at the fates of borderline shows -- We take inventory of the ones that will live until next season and the ones that won't

It's May — the month when Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sell their souls to make jokes about Charlie Sheen to an auditorium full of advertisers, and when TV networks reveal what borderline shows will live to see another season. Below, some notable decisions

SAVED

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Fox)

mir-a-cle (noun) An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature, held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God.

THE OFFICE (NBC) NBC: We might cancel you. Office executive producer: [Uncomfortable silence] NBC: Okay, okay, you're renewed. Just say something already.

VERONICA MARS (UPN) Despite low ratings, UPN gives a second season to its best show since, wait, let me think. . . Homeboys in Outer Space, Shasta McNasty. . .ever.

SPURNED

JACK & BOBBY (The WB) We liked the dead brother better anyway.

JOAN OF ARCADIA (CBS) One sign of the apocalypse down, six to go.

MY WIFE AND KIDS (ABC) Dear Damon Wayans, Have you seen Teri Hatcher? We won't be needing you around anymore. Love, ABC

Originally posted May 23, 2005 Published in issue #821-822 May 27, 2005 Order article reprints