The third week of the new television season has not even finished and there are already some major changes across all broadcast networks.
As I have previously reported FOX's new abduction drama "Vanished" (starring Eddie Cibrian) will be moving to Friday nights at 9/8c as of October 27. Six episodes remain and it is now highly unlikely the production will continue beyond episode 13.
FOX's other struggling series "Justice" is moving to Mondays at 9/8c. The network hopes the drama will grow in the post-Prison Break slot. They will re-air a couple of episodes and start a new batch on October 23. Four more scripts have been ordered.
NBC has decided to pull the plug on its Wednesday night drama "Kidnapped". There is commitment to air all 13 episodes and having learned a lesson from folks behind "Reunion" last year, the producers of the abduction series will wrap all storylines in time.
CBS is cancelling Ray Liotta disappointing Tuesday night drama "Smith". It turns out people did not want to watch another Ocean's 11 rip-off after all. Repeats of crime dramas will fill the slot as of next week.
Also at CBS, the new sitcom "The Class" will try to use some of that "How I Met Your Mother" magic, when the two comedies switch places on Monday nights. CBS will cancel the struggling sitcom if it does not improve by November sweeps.
Finally, the new CW network is quite unhappy with the launch of many of its series which are down from average WB/UPN levels from last year. After only one catastrophic airing Dawn Ostroff and the gang have decided to move "7th Heaven" and the new Donnie Wahlberg series "Runaway" to Sunday nights and the comedy line-up (including 'Everybody Hates Chris') will move to Monday nights. The flip-flop is effective October 9.