Breaking: CBS cancels 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'Old Christine'

ghost-whisperer-old-christineImage Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS; Greg Gayne/CBSIn a stunning move, CBS has axed both Ghost Whisperer and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Also gone: Gary Unmarried, Cold Case, Miami Medical, Accidentally on Purpose, and Numb3rs.

Medium and Rules of Engagement, meanwhile, have been renewed.

Fans may want to hold off on eulogizing Ghost and Christine for a day or two, however. There’s an outside chance that ABC (which co-owns GW and has long coveted Christine) may swoop in and rescue one or both.

“There’s a 50/50 shot that Christine will move to ABC,” says one source. A reprieve for Ghost appears less likely. Final decisions are expected later this week. In the meantime, my Bubble Show Scorecard has been updated.

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  • GimplyGump ☺

    no to both!

    • GimplyGump ☺

      opps, I forgot the annoying “first!” bit! ;)

      • Karen

        Dear nices, I believe there are dating sights for you dude!

    • lala

      Cold Case, Accidently on Purpose, Numb3rs, and Miami Medical were obvious. gary and christine not suprising. gw? WTH?

      • marctiley

        How is Rules of Engagement still around? Seriously, it’s terrible.

      • B S

        Rules of engagement, christine, gary unmarried are shows I can live without. But as an idiot in the sticks I don’t have control over what comes on my high priced tv service. That my freind is mandated by morons from cities bigger than mine!!!

      • B S

        I often wonder what tv executive the stars of these stupid sitcoms and reality shows are sleeping with? Seriously, if they weren’t getting some half of these shows wouldn’t be given even 5 minutes air time.

      • matt

        Well, I will defend it. It is a great show about happily married couples.

      • Jamie

        How is this show still on the air? David Spade must have made a deal with the devil.

      • Liz

        I hope another network picks up GW. We are heartbroken. We have a big group that hung out watched the show then afterwards we had Event planned every night after GW. Jennifer, In my opinion is one the purest & golden hearted woman in TV. What were they thinking???

    • nm

      I love Ghost Whisperer, it rocks – me and my sisters get together on friday to watch CBS on friday. We are totally upset it was cancelled. Please bring it back.

      • B S

        I love ghost whisperer & cold case. Why is such crappy shows as rules of engagement still here? There is way too many reality shows on tv now. The people responsible for what we watch keep taking decent shows off the air so they can have an open time slot for some crappy reality show or some crappy 30 minute sitcom no one cares about!!!!

      • TH

        I’m sorry for your loss but I’m soooo glad Cold Case is gone! Even the promos were excruciating for me to see. It was a waste of bandwidth as far as I’m concerned. Anything will be 1000% better than Cold Case. I prayed for this day!

      • PB

        I resent the comment about idiots in the sticks. I was born in the City and have also lived in the sticks. I have come into contact with idiots in both places.

      • e

        I hate that GW is going. My wife and both have gotten into the story. ABC, if you have any heart, save GW.

      • justine

        omg i know i love that show it keeps me on the end of my chair im soo sad that it is gone plz bring it backkkkkkk

      • terrie

        i loved ghostwhisperer i so upset that i will not watch cbs anymore

    • Marilyn Russell

      They are both good shows. “New Christine….” is the only sitcom I watch and I don’t watch many shows on the major networks. I hope that it gets picked up by another network. I also love “Medium”.

      • april b.

        WTH is going on with cbs cancelling GW? I love that show and have been watching it for yrs now and i am sad its being taken off the air but i like medium too though..for the recent comment of all the bad shows getting air time but good ones taken off I am soooo agreeing with ya on that because it always seems that way to me too

      • C McLaughlin

        The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Two and One Half Men are the only TWO Funny shows worth watching opn tv!

    • T Marie

      Hope GW is saved! My daughter and I watch it every week. Have seen Medium once. Arquette is really not a good actress. Old Christine is laugh-out-loud hysterically funny. I love everyone on that show! Hope it’s saved as well!

    • jenny

      why are all these show canceled? i am so upset. i have been watch ghost whisper for a long time!

  • Barbie

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY Medium!

    • JB

      I am so happy medium was renewed!!! Yay! I know people are going to compare Ghost Whisperer and Medium, but Medium had started to pull in larger audiences and demos than Ghost Whisperer.

      • jmg

        I think Whisperer was a dumb show with a dumb name. Plus, CBS totally ripped off Medium when they came out with Whisperer the season after Medium made its debut on NBC. I think it was CBS’s grand plan to end up with Medium in the first place.

      • bringbackrocky

        Agree completely on Medium. Another great show that the geniuses at NBC didn’t believe in. How do the NBC execs still have jobs?

      • dama

        Tats cuz ghost whisper was turned off!!!!!!!!Goshhhhh

    • Meryl

      SOOO relieved that they didn’t take away Medium. Fantastic show.

    • Karli

      Medium is awesome, I like GW but Medium is SO much better.

      • D STEDING

        I LOVED MY FRIDAY NIGHT SHOWS AND AM VERY DISAPPOINTED TO HEAR THAT GHOST WHISPERER IS CANCELLED.I AM HAPPY TO HEAR THAT MEDIUM IS STILL ON.

    • Yve

      that show sucks… I want my cold case back!!!!!

      • LYNNE NY

        I have watched COLD CASE ever since it came on…a wonderful cast and often some very interesting stories. I am going to miss it very much.
        Never watched Medium and I don’t know one single person who does.
        Of course..Im in the over 50 age group …so we don’t count to TV
        executives at all.

      • Dave

        I will miss Cold Case, as well as Numb3rs. At least with Numb3ers there was a sense of goodbye with the last episode– not so much with Cold Case. The only show left for me to watch on CBS will be Survivor:(

      • Scooby

        You know how they should end COLD CASE? With the song “Take a Bow” playing, and a CBS exec putting a shoe box on the shelf with the label marked in Sharpie Marker, “Lily Rush”

      • Michael Compton

        great idea Scooby :)

      • Melanie

        not cold case the only thing i watch on cbs. now cbs can stick it

      • bootsycolumbia

        I’m not surprised Cold Case is ending. The rights for all the original music must have cost a fortune, for one thing, but the last couple of seasons were definitely getting weaker.

    • Strepsi

      “MEDIUM” — the only TV show whose name is the same as its quality level.

      • b

        LOL!

      • April C

        Strepsi, you ROCK MY WORLD. Medium can be ok, but the problem is that patricia Arquette is one of the most overrated actresses on the planet. How she got an Emmy is BEYOND me, except for that hollywood loves the Arquette family. Anyhoo, she has the most distracting hairdos of any woman on TV, LOL. I am still glad it didn’t get canned, though. Glad about GW- sorry fans, but JLH always had this deer-caught-in-headlights-while-crying look about her.

    • Jen

      I’m thrilled to hear about Medium. The move to CBS has rejuvinated the show.

    • Neil

      My thoughts exactly!!!! :)

      My whole family is happy about it being renewed. After Lost (which, sniff, is ending…) it’s our favorite show.

  • Barbie

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY Medium!

    • Melinda65

      I agree! I’m sorry for the fans of the other shows, but I’m relieved that Medium will be back.

      • Linda

        So am I! I absolutely love Medium!! :D :D

      • Dominic

        Agreed. Hate losing Christine but the Medium pick up eases the hurt. A little.

      • Michelle

        I LOVE Medium. I thought it was going to Friday night to die…guess not.

      • Michael Compton

        “I agree! I’m sorry for the fans of the other shows, but I’m relieved that Medium will be back.”

        Ditto… well said Melinda65

    • Karli

      Medium is awesome, I like GW but Medium is SO much better.

    • Strepsi

      “MEDIUM” — the only TV show whose name is the same as its quality level.

      • Michelle

        With a lead actress who won an EMMY? NOT so Medium! Go watch Idol if you want to see “medium” quality.

      • b

        LOL!

      • April C

        Strepsi, you ROCK MY WORLD. Medium can be ok, but the problem is that patricia Arquette is one of the most overrated actresses on the planet. How she got an Emmy is BEYOND me, except for that hollywood loves the Arquette family. Anyhoo, she has the most distracting hairdos of any woman on TV, LOL. I am still glad it didn’t get canned, though. Glad about GW- sorry fans, but JLH always had this deer-caught-in-headlights-while-crying look about her.

    • Jen

      I’m thrilled to hear about Medium. The move to CBS has rejuvinated the show.

    • Neil

      My thoughts exactly!!!! :)

      My whole family is happy about it being renewed. After Lost (which, sniff, is ending…) it’s our favorite show.

  • Jeff

    this is such BULL!!!! You renew Rules of Engagement but cancel Old Christine?!?! In what world is that right?

    • Jill

      This is exactly what I was going to say. Old Christine is funny!

      • Debbie

        Wow. I couldn’t agree more. I like Old Christine…detest Rules (but not as much as How I Met Your Mother)…that show is felony stupid!

      • cookie

        We will miss Christine. What a great cast they have. Would love to have ABC rescue it!

    • Carm

      Old Christine is so much better than Rules!

      • Melissa

        NOT

      • LiLa

        Christine and Rules are both good. Wanda Sykes and Patrick Warburton are hilarious in their respective roles.

      • shadow

        I for one found Rules to be much funnier than Christine, they would hit a good show about every fifth or sixth show.

      • john

        rules of engagement= best show on television

      • dianna drolsum

        I watch Rules and Love It…maybe you’re just not really listening to the actors lines and understand-ing them…Love GW…Have watched since day one and am sad..Friday nite will not be the same w/o it..hope other channels will p\u GW

      • deborah

        Why are they axing Ghost Whisper and New Christine ?? They always take the shows off we like to watch and leave the dumber ones on . Reality shows stink we need more funny shows on life is so hard why not sit back and just laugh!

      • bootsycolumbia

        @dianna: “maybe you’re not listening to the actors lines and understanding them”?!? Seriously, we’re not talking Shakespeare or Mamet here. It’s a sitcom about a married couple, an engaged couple and an ugly horndog. How complex do you really think it is?

    • Margie

      Agreed. My family watches the CBS comedy line-up on Mon. nights, but we actually turn the TV off during Rules of Engagement so the kids can study then turn it back on for 2.5 Men. What a waste of airspace.

      • Jen

        Hey, we even each other out… my boyfriend and I turn off 2.5 men every week… but I guess we can agree on Big Bang and HIMYM :)

      • bootsycolumbia

        I turn the TV off for both Rules AND 2.5 Men, so I guess I win! lol But I refuse to miss HIMYM or BBT.

    • jm

      Oh, poo. Old Christine used to be funny — now it’s just sort of painful and uncomfortable to watch. Good riddance.

      • Peter Popper

        Then why did you continue to watch it? Masochist much?

      • KatyMay

        Loved Christine this year-must have new writers? I thought almost every ep was hilarious.

  • Jeff

    this is such BULL!!!! You renew Rules of Engagement but cancel Old Christine?!?! In what world is that right?

    • Jill

      This is exactly what I was going to say. Old Christine is funny!

      • Tego Livi

        Old Christine is funnier, I’ll agree, though I’ve had the feeling over the last season or two that it’s never really gone anywhere. The story hasn’t developed all that much, but the comedic quality hasn’t either. It seems as though, after having been on this long, the show should be more consistently memorable. Rules of Engagement is almost entirely nondescript. The only thing truly memorable about it is how irritating David Spade is.

      • Debbie

        Wow. I couldn’t agree more. I like Old Christine…detest Rules (but not as much as How I Met Your Mother)…that show is felony stupid!

      • cookie

        We will miss Christine. What a great cast they have. Would love to have ABC rescue it!

      • Kyle

        Old Christine is one of the best shows on TV, it should be on the Monday night line up. I can’t believe Rules of Engagement is still on–that show is even worse than Accidentally On Purpose

    • Carm

      Old Christine is so much better than Rules!

      • Melissa

        NOT

      • LiLa

        Christine and Rules are both good. Wanda Sykes and Patrick Warburton are hilarious in their respective roles.

      • shadow

        I for one found Rules to be much funnier than Christine, they would hit a good show about every fifth or sixth show.

      • john

        rules of engagement= best show on television

      • Alan

        I’m thinking a Christine – Cougar Town women’s lineup on ABC? Jules and Christine are the perfect combo of wine-guzzling neurotic 40-ish gals. Anyone agree?

      • well

        do you guys work on the show or are you just crack smokers? how the hell is rules of engagement funny? the premise is stupid and it has david spade. nuff said.

      • dianna drolsum

        I watch Rules and Love It…maybe you’re just not really listening to the actors lines and understand-ing them…Love GW…Have watched since day one and am sad..Friday nite will not be the same w/o it..hope other channels will p\u GW

      • deborah

        Why are they axing Ghost Whisper and New Christine ?? They always take the shows off we like to watch and leave the dumber ones on . Reality shows stink we need more funny shows on life is so hard why not sit back and just laugh!

    • Old Christine

      Rules must be a CBS owned show. The networks will extend the life of crappy shows if they own a chunk and can make a bigger profit. That’s how According to Jim stayed waaaaay too long. Christine is the funnier show. Too bad they kept moving the timeslot. I liked on Monday, rarely watched on Wednesday. Hopefully ABC will pick it up and it will be a hit with the rest of their comedy block.

      • TMB

        Problem is that ABC already moved a freshman comedy into its Wednesday night block. Best-case scenario for ‘Christine’ is that ABC picks it up and creates a second comedy night (or at least 1-hour block) at midseason.

        Not a good week for two better-than-decent sitcoms, ‘Christine’ and ‘Better Off Ted’.

      • D

        So THAT is the explanation for According to Jim. I could never understand why that show lasted past its first season. Horrid.

      • well

        for according to jim to have stayed more than one episode was waaay too long. courtney thorne smith was wasted on that show.

    • in the world of business, where you go with your best option. rules WAY outrates christine.

    • jm

      Oh, poo. Old Christine used to be funny — now it’s just sort of painful and uncomfortable to watch. Good riddance.

      • Peter Popper

        Then why did you continue to watch it? Masochist much?

      • KatyMay

        Loved Christine this year-must have new writers? I thought almost every ep was hilarious.

  • Ali

    Okay, the networks are doing some housecleaning this next season.

    • damianvargas

      housecleaning yes and apparently it starts with clearing out all their remaining viewers :-P

      • GimplyGump ☺

        rofl

      • caleb jones

        we need the Medium to take the Ghost Whisperer in as a border. The 2 of them would be unstoppable!

  • Ali

    Okay, the networks are doing some housecleaning this next season.

    • damianvargas

      housecleaning yes and apparently it starts with clearing out all their remaining viewers :-P

      • GimplyGump ☺

        rofl

      • spikenalabama

        Hey CBS…No Ghost Whisperer no spikenalabama!

      • caleb jones

        we need the Medium to take the Ghost Whisperer in as a border. The 2 of them would be unstoppable!

  • Ali

    What about Accidentally on Purpose? I thought that show was so funny this year! Hope it stays …

    • Sarah

      Cancelled.

    • Kyle
    • Bobby’s Robot

      It’s gone.

    • Spike

      Oh….YOU were the person that was watching “Accidentally on Purpose.”

      Note to CBS: Please, for gawds sake stop trying to make Jenna Elfman happen. kthxbye

      • Robin

        Thank you! Cannot stand her. Not funny and uber annoying.

      • SeinfeldJunky

        I HATED Darma & Greg & just tolerated her on Accidentally on Purpose – Good Riddence Jenna!

      • leslie

        Amen! This show was utter cr@p, and Jenna Elfman is not even remotely funny. I’ve watched Dharma & Greg reruns and have realized that it was the supporting cast that made that show the hit it was. Please let this be the last Jenna Elfman “comedy” to suck up a primetime slot.

      • Bobeies

        I agree totaly

    • BeaAnn

      I actually liked this show too. Davis cracked me up.

    • Charity

      Ali, I liked Accidentally on Purpose, too. Sad to see it’s gone.

      Bummed to see Old Christine is gone…I didn’t watch regularly but did like it. It should have been on Monday nights.

  • Ali

    What about Accidentally on Purpose? I thought that show was so funny this year! Hope it stays …

    • Sarah

      Cancelled.

    • Kyle
    • Bobby’s Robot

      It’s gone.

    • BeaAnn

      I actually liked this show too. Davis cracked me up.

    • Kim from Texas

      I am very sad to see Accidently on Purpose get cancelled. My favorite part of the show was Jon Foster. Maybe he could be a new love interest on Cougar Town.

    • well

      and here’s yet another crack smoker. i am not a jenna elfman hater but the premise was icky, the characters had no chemistry, and it just was overall unfunny

    • Christopher Antonacci

      Did You watch it “Accidentally” or “On Purpose”? I would hate to think it was the latter…

  • Mel

    CBS never gave Old Christine its due. They should have left the show on Mondays and let it benefit from the growing power of HIMYM and Big Bang.

    • Mike

      Agree completely. It would have fit great with those comedies. I am now left with those as the only shows I watch on CBS (aka the Crimesolver Broadcasting System).

      I am pissed that Old Christine is canceled.

    • Gayle

      CBS Screwed up our daytime with the cancelation of Guiding light. Now there screwing with my prime time pleasure Comedy night. Think I will do what my children do and watch movies instead

  • Mel

    CBS never gave Old Christine its due. They should have left the show on Mondays and let it benefit from the growing power of HIMYM and Big Bang.

    • Gayle

      CBS Screwed up our daytime with the cancelation of Guiding light. Now there screwing with my prime time pleasure Comedy night. Think I will do what my children do and watch movies instead

  • Stacie

    Supposedly ABC might pick up Christine as a mid season replacement. Although I never watched the show Julie Louis Dreyfus is pretty hysterical. Tough couple days for Wanda Sykes. First her talk show now the show she was on. Ouch.

    • Strepsi

      ABC needs to put Old Christine where it was to complete its COMEDY WEDNESDAY – it’s what we watched anyway: Old Christine, Modern Family, The Middle, Cougar Town

  • Stacie

    Supposedly ABC might pick up Christine as a mid season replacement. Although I never watched the show Julie Louis Dreyfus is pretty hysterical. Tough couple days for Wanda Sykes. First her talk show now the show she was on. Ouch.

    • Strepsi

      ABC needs to put Old Christine where it was to complete its COMEDY WEDNESDAY – it’s what we watched anyway: Old Christine, Modern Family, The Middle, Cougar Town

      • LV

        EXACTLY. This is a perfect Wednesday lineup for ABC next season!

    • well

      wanda’s frigging hilarious. i hope she finds a vehicle that works for her soon.

  • Scott

    Didn’t ABC say they’d pick up Old Christine?

    Bummer about Ghost Whisperer. That was a guilty pleasure.

  • Scott

    Didn’t ABC say they’d pick up Old Christine?

    Bummer about Ghost Whisperer. That was a guilty pleasure.

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