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NBC aired only seven episodes of Save Me but 13 episodes were supposedly ordered in May 2012. What happened?
Well, it seems that 13 installments were indeed produced of the Anne Heche comedy but the network opted to only air the pilot and episodes eight through 13. The Futon Critic suggests that the unaired episodes are likely the ones that were shot before Alexa Junge was replaced as showrunner by Darlene Hunt.
Unfortunately, the peacock network has no plans to air the cancelled show's remaining episodes.
Though there were some devoted viewers, Save Me did very poorly in the ratings and averaged only a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.78 million viewers. The series finale was the lowest-rated episode.
A complete series set of Save Me may be released on DVD at some point but no »
Did Save Me have you shouting hallelujah?
NBC’s newest comedy premiered Thursday (8/7c) with two back-to-back episodes. In them, we meet Beth Harper (played by Anne Heche, Men in Trees), a Midwestern wife and mother who has a near-death experience in her kitchen after choking on a hero sandwich.
When she’s revived, she claims to be able to receive messages from God. This mortifies her daughter Emily (Madison Davenport, Shameless) and stymies Beth’s husband Tom (Michael Landes, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)… who’s got a different kind of religious moment happening on the regular »
- Kimberly Roots
NBC filled in some more of the slots on its summer sked Monday, announcing start dates and time periods for three new shows — including two scripted skeins — and one returnee.
On Monday from 8 to 10 p.m., a timeslot that has become a strength for NBC during the traditional television season with “The Voice,” the Peacock is pairing action-driven competition series: the new “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” and the returning “American Ninja Warrior.”
“Ninja Warrior,” the obstacle course reality series that also airs on NBCUniversal-owned Esquire Network, will have a two-hour launch, from 8 to 10 p.m., on July 1. The following week, it will air in its regular 8-9 p.m. hour, followed by “Get Out Alive,” which is skedded from 9 to 10.
“Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” features world-renowned survivalist Grylls, who leads a non-stop extreme-survival journey that tests 10 teams of two as they venture into the landscape of New Zealand’s South Island. »
- Rick Kissell
After holding options on the cast for nearly a year, Fox has officially passed on Cuba Gooding Jr.'s legal drama pilot "Guilty." Although the Oscar winning star was said to get high marks from test audiences, the show's case is now closed. [Deadline]
"Skyfall" writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes are reuniting to produce a new psychological horror series for Showtime called "Penny Dreadful." The show will combine famous horror characters including Dracula, Van Helsing, Dorian Gray and Dr. Frankenstein. [IGN]
Anne Heche's upcoming NBC comedy "Save Me" is undergoing a showrunner change after filming two episodes. "The Big C" creator Darlene Hunt is very close to signing on to replace Alexa Junge ("Friends"). [Deadline]
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage. At TCA to promote the final installment of her Showtime comedy The Big C, series creator Darlene Hunt was asked about her pending new job as showrunner of NBC’s midseason comedy series Save Me starring Anne Heche. She cautioned that her hiring was still unofficial even though “it’s a real ‘probably.’ It’s leaning in that direction,” she said. “There are still a couple of steps in terms of making sure NBC and I both feel we’re going in the right direction and want to tell the same stories on that show.” Related: ‘Save Me’ Showrunner Alexa Junge Exits, Darlene Hunt In Talks To Replace Her The single-camera comedy, from creator John Scott Shepherd, Sony TV and Original Film, stars Heche as a woman who lets herself — and her marriage — go until she undergoes an “awakening” that transforms her »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Exclusive: NBC has hit the pause button on midseason comedy series Save Me starring Anne Heche after two episodes for a major behind-the-scenes changeover. Alexa Junge, who joined the project after the pilot as executive producer/showrunner, is out. Production on the series has been put on hold while a new showrunner is put in place. I hear talks are underway with The Big C creator/executive producer Darlene Hunt to take over the reins of the show, produced by Sony TV and Original Film. The single-camera comedy, created by John Scott Shepherd, stars Heche as a woman who lets herself — and her marriage — go until she undergoes an “awakening” that transforms her spiritually and physically into a desirable and outspoken woman who just might be channeling god. Save Me has not been scheduled, allowing NBC to take time and re-examine the series’ creative direction. The project has been a »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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