TVLine Items: Murder Police Gets Killed, Ashley Tisdale Goes Crazy, Sing-Off Returns and More

Murder Police CancelledMurder Police is DBA: dead before arrival.

Fox has killed its new animated comedy before the first airing. The series, about an inept detective and his cop co-workers, was set to star Jane Lynch (Glee), Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) and Phil Lamarr (Futurama).

The cancellation comes on the heels of other animation-related Fox news: the record-setting renewal (Season 26!) of The Simpsons, a fifth-season order for Bob’s Burgers and American Dad‘s move to TBS next season.

TVGuide.com reports that execs were displeased with early cuts of the show, but may try to shop it to cable networks.

Fox’s Animation Domination line-up airs Sundays beginning at 8/7c.

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 NBC’s The Sing-Off will return Monday, Dec. 9 at 9/8c, with a  two-hour premiere. A total of seven episodes are planned, with the two-hour finale airing Dec. 23.

• High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale will play an intern (who happens to be the daughter of one of Sydney and Simon’s biggest clients) on The Crazy Ones, per E! Online.

• Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Brandon Routh (Chuck) and Sarah Roemer (The Event) are joining the cast of Crackle’s Milo Ventimiglia-fronted action drama Chosen, per The Hollywood Reporter. Murray will play a bartender and surfer faced with an impossible and deadly choice.

• TNT has ordered a 10-episode second season of Cold Justice, to air in early 2014. Season 1 finales on Oct. 22.

NBC has ordered an American adaptation of Andy Samberg’s BBC Three comedy Cuckoo, per EW.com. The series followed a British family surprised by their daughter’s marriage to an odd hippie (Samberg).

• Showtime has ordered a pilot for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, about a young woman who drops everything to stalk her ex, from feature writer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and comedian Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken), our sister site Deadline reports. The potential series is a half-hour comedy with musical elements.

• CBS will air the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8 at 8/7c. We assume Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) will host.

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• There’s an end in sight to the brutal Twitter war: ABC has announced that Kanye West will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (Oct. 9 at 11:35/10:35c).

• Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids) will star in the single-cam comedy Black-ish for ABC. The project is produced by Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal) and centers on an upper-middle class black man struggling to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity, per Deadline.

• USA has ordered three new drama pilots: Complications, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, centers on a disillusioned suburban ER doc whose existence is transformed when he saves a young boy marked for death; Novice, written by Hell on Wheels creators Joe and Tony Gayton, follows a recent college grad who, after failing to make it in corporate America and being forced to take back his high school job, realizes his true calling may be a life of crime; and Rush, about a party-boy, cash-only doctor whose life is stirred up by the return of an old flame and his conscience.

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23 Comments
  1. Sara says:

    Chad & Milo together?? Happy about it :) but even happier that the headline didn’t mention it as a GG reunion…my head would have exploded

  2. Jo says:

    The loglines of the USA shows all sound like they’re parodying bad loglines.

  3. Steven says:

    Black-ish sounds pretty racist to me.

  4. David4 says:

    I don’t get why Fox didn’t just air it anyways? if a few episodes were made air them and see if they work. If not burn them out on Saturdays.

  5. MK says:

    Please remind us closer to the time The Sing Off comes back, since it’s so far away and I can’t program it into my DVR this early. LOL The show Crazy Ex-Girlfriends is something we surely need, especially in Hollywood, to give those already wacky celebrity stalkers more encouragement. And as for USA…they need to bring back Common Law. That was a good show.

    • dude says:

      Yeah because crazy stalkers would definitely not stalk as much if there wasn’t a show on TV about stalking.

    • Ann says:

      I never removed the Sing-Off from my DVR because I was hoping NBC would realize they made a mistake by cancelling it and would bring it back…and they did!!

  6. Tran 2.0 says:

    Hope the upcoming season of Sing Off is going to be even better than it was the last time it happen in 2011.

  7. Ava says:

    Any word on Franklin and Bash? Is the show officially cancelled?

  8. John says:

    Wow is that a new record for Fox when it comes to canceling a show?

  9. woodyinho says:

    Among the USA pilot, I’m looking forward to Rush.

  10. 3dhouseofmagic says:

    Anthony Anderson should be in a drama-he was soooo good in Law and Order. NBC should bring that back!!!

  11. Mels says:

    Yay for the return of the Sing-Off! I hope they bring back Ben Folds because he was an awesome and knowledgeable judge with great comments.

  12. fox needs to cancel most of their cartoon shows except the Simpsons -only good one

  13. rukia says:

    TNT renewed all the shows except for Franklin & Bash why are they so long with their decision? It’s October now and TNT should of made an announcement by now. Hurry up TNT and renew Franklin & Bash I love this show.

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