NBC cancelling Christian Slater’s “My Own Worst Enemy”

November 13, 2008

Hollywood (Chattabox) NBC has apparently given up on its new spy thriller “My Own Worst Enemy,” starring Christian Slater, according to Daily Variety. The move to cancel comes after the show was originally promoted heavily during its Olympics telecasts in hopes that it would help revive the struggling network’s lineup. But despite decent reviews and the star power of Slater in the lead role as a man with two personalities, “My Own Worst Enemy” never clicked with viewers. Its four episodes didn’t deliver, averaging just 5.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was not clear whether NBC would continue to run the unaired episodes of in the 10 p.m. Monday berth behind its flagging series “Heroes.”

Also out is NBC’s female drama “Lipstick Jungle,” one of a number of new shows whose momentum was stalled by the Hollywood writers strike earlier this year. NBC, which has been at the bottom viewing wise of the four major networks for the past few years, reportedly boosted its production budget this season to try to make up some ground.

The strategy appears to be falling short. Other NBC newcomers are barely doing better than “Enemy,” with the “Knight Rider” remake averaging 7.5 million, and the female comedy “Kath & Kim” 6.2 million. Despite critical acclaim and an Emmy for best comedy, “30 Rock” is averaging just 8.4 million viewers in its third season.

The top show so far this season is CBS’ crime drama “CSI” with an average of 21.1 million viewers. NBC’s top entry, the veteran cop show “Law & Order: SVU,” ranks at No. 25 with 10.6 million viewers.

Reported by: Hot Momma Celebrity Gossip


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