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3 items from 2009

According to Jim: James Belushi Goes to Heaven on the Series Finale

3 June 2009 12:19 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last night, ABC's venerable sitcom, According to Jim, signed off after eight seasons and 182 episodes. The show has been performing poorly in the ratings for quite awhile but ABC just kept on bringing it back.

The reason? Well, sitcoms perform well in syndication. So, even though Jim wasn't doing well in primetime, ABC Studios more than recoups the expenses when the episodes are rerun on cable and local stations. Similar economics have saved Scrubs.

All things must come to an end though and season eight is the end for Jim. Though ABC maintained that the sitcom could return for season nine, co-star Larry Joe Campbell revealed in December that the show's sets had already been destroyed. Last month, the network conceded that Jim was indeed finished.

In the series finale, titled "Heaven Opposed to Hell," Dana (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and Ryan (Mitch Rouse) return from California for a visit and announce that they're expecting. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Slew of pilots beef up casts

15 March 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Beau Garrett and Mike Vogel are set as the two leads of ABC's "Empire State," the U.K.'s Sophie Winkleman has landed the title role on NBC's "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne" and Paul Campbell will lead the cast of ABC's "No Heroics."

In other pilot castings, Warren Christie has landed the male lead and Denzel Whitaker a supporting role on CBS' "House Rules." Tim Peper, Stephanie Lemelin and Baron Vaughn are set to star on ABC's "Canned," Matthew Lillard and Janet Varney will play leads on ABC's untitled Jeff Strauss comedy, and Lindsey Broad has landed the female lead on NBC's "State of Romance."

Also, Jaime Lee Kirchner has joined NBC's "Mercy," Rachel Nichols and Laz Alonso have come aboard CBS' U.S. Attorney drama, Archie Panjabi has been added to CBS' "The Good Wife" and Larry Joe Campbell to ABC's "The Law."

ABC Studios' "Empire" is a »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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According to Jim: ABC Sitcom Ending After Eight Years, No Season Nine

15 January 2009 7:45 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

After barely escaping cancellation for the last two years, it looks like the network grim reaper has finally caught up with According to Jim. The ABC sitcom is ending its long run at the end of this season. The network hasn't announced it but one of the series stars has.

According to Jim is a lighthearted sitcom that revolves around a suburban father named Jim (Jim Belushi). Though he means well, he often gets into trouble while trying to be the king of his castle, manipulate his beautiful wife Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith), and trying to raise his kids (Taylor Atelian, Billi Bruno, and Conner Rayburn). Adding to his troubles are Cheryl's strong-willed sister, Dana (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and her hapless brother, Andy (Larry Joe Campbell). Other series performers include Tony Braunagel, John Rubano, Mitch Rouse, and Charlie Hartsock.

The ABC sitcom debuted back in 2001 and averaged 10 million viewers for its freshman year. »

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