"Studio 60" May Get Axed
NBC will cancel its troubled Monday night drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" if the new midseason series "The Black Donnellys", which takes over its timeslot on NBC tonight, even matches the lackluster ratings of the Aaron Sorkin-penned series, reports Kristin Veitch of E! Online today.
According to Veitch, inside sources at NBC claim "Studio 60" - the most anticipated new show of the season that went out with a whimper last week hitting series low in the ratings - would have been canned months ago had it not been for a special clause in Aaron Sorkin's contract.
Apparently, the network was so confident in the program, which some TV critics believed it would be one of the greatest new shows of the season, that Sorkin got a clause in the contract ensuring his services for an entire season, making it equally expensive to cancel the drama as to make it.
The network would cancel "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" even if "The Black Donnellys" only matched its poor ratings because the behind-the-scenes TV industry drama with an all-star cast is much more expensive to produce.