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Why are TV networks waiting to pull the trigger on struggling new shows?




Chace Crawford and Rebecca Rittenhouse star as Billy and Cody Lefever in ABC's
Chace Crawford and Rebecca Rittenhouse star as Billy and Cody Lefever in ABC's "Blood & Oil."
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They are as familiar a sight in the fall as the World Series, leaves changing color and Halloween trick or treaters: TV show cancellations.

At this point in almost any other TV season, a number of shows on the broadcast networks would have been canceled. But these days it’s not happening. At least not yet.

ABC’s “Blood and Oil,” which has been a true flop in the ratings, but rather than being canceled, it’s still on the air. Instead of canceling the show, ABC has decided to reduce the episode order from 13 to 10.

So why are so many poorly performing shows not getting the hook? To explain, we’re joined by Scott Collins who covers TV for the L.A. Times and wrote about the issue in today’s paper.

 



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