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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Comments (23)

  • 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

    Comment by Sara – October 9, 2013 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The loglines of the USA shows all sound like they’re parodying bad loglines.

    Comment by Jo – October 9, 2013 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Black-ish sounds pretty racist to me.

    Comment by Steven – October 9, 2013 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You do realize it’s written and almost exclusively produced by black people.

      Comment by Zach – October 9, 2013 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • As a black guy, not wild about the title. Though I like what the show could be about. Definitely a topic in the black upper middle class communities. Assimilation at work.

        Comment by MoodyAmerican – October 9, 2013 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • As a black guy, not wild about the title, but its not racist. Though I like what the show could be about. Definitely a topic in the black upper middle class communities. Assimilation at work.

        Comment by MoodyAmerican – October 9, 2013 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • When did people get so stupid?

      Comment by Weezy – October 9, 2013 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • its an odd title choice but wouldn’t say the premise sounds racist in the slightest

      Comment by j – October 9, 2013 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by David4 – October 9, 2013 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by MK – October 9, 2013 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah because crazy stalkers would definitely not stalk as much if there wasn’t a show on TV about stalking.

      Comment by dude – October 9, 2013 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!!

      Comment by Ann – October 10, 2013 06:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope the upcoming season of Sing Off is going to be even better than it was the last time it happen in 2011.

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – October 9, 2013 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Any word on Franklin and Bash? Is the show officially cancelled?

    Comment by Ava – October 9, 2013 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • don’t say such horrible things about F&B

      Comment by JB Smooove – October 9, 2013 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Franklin & Bash is a great show. Last year, we heard about the renewal in September. I would think if it was renewed, we would have heard by now?

        Comment by Evie – October 10, 2013 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow is that a new record for Fox when it comes to canceling a show?

    Comment by John – October 9, 2013 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Among the USA pilot, I’m looking forward to Rush.

    Comment by woodyinho – October 9, 2013 04:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anthony Anderson should be in a drama-he was soooo good in Law and Order. NBC should bring that back!!!

    Comment by 3dhouseofmagic – October 9, 2013 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Mels – October 9, 2013 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Some Thoughts on TV.

    Comment by tvfreakum – October 9, 2013 10:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • fox needs to cancel most of their cartoon shows except the Simpsons -only good one

    Comment by murder cleaner – October 10, 2013 06:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by rukia – October 10, 2013 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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