E! pulls the plug on Whitney Cummings’s talk show
By Lisa de Moraes,
Whitney Cummings’s TV empire just got slightly smaller.
E! says it has telecast its final episode of its late-night talk show “Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings,” starring last year’s It Girl — before we all moved on to Lena Dunham.
“Love You,” produced by Chelsea Handler’s production company, debuted only last November. Originally just six episodes were ordered, then six more.
Despite the show’s ability to attract such A-list talk-show guests as Mindy Kaling and Will Ferrell, E! pulled the plug Thursday.
On the bright side for Cummings, her comedy series “Whitney” survived to a second season on NBC, though it’s ratings aren’t great. But she also co-created CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” which is a bona fide ratings hit.
‘Endings’ on the move
ABC is throwing in the towel on its Tuesday comedy block earlier than planned.
Instead of airing back-to-back “Happy Endings” episodes on that night until “Dancing With the Stars” returns March 19 (as originally announced), the network has decided to move the struggling comedy series.
“Happy Endings” will now do its back-to-back thing on Friday nights starting March 29, where the Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing” and Reba McIntire’s “Malibu Country” have been running. Both will have finished their season by then.
No, none of this is good news for “Happy Endings” fans.
The Friday play is ABC’s third better idea for the show this midseason. Remember the Sunday-night, paired-with-“Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” plan?
Meanwhile, ABC’s turning Tuesdays at 8 over to reality series.
The cooking competition series “The Taste” is taking over the “Happy Endings” time slot Feb. 26, the same night that “Celebrity Wife Swap” returns to the night at 8.
And featured in “Celebrity Wife Swap’s” season debut: former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson and former TLC star Kate Gosselin — both alums of “Dancing With the Stars.”
In Thursday’s announcement, ABC made a point of saying that during the one-week “Celebrity” experiment, the two women will swap lifestyles, children and homes — but not bedrooms.
CBS’s ‘Downton’ ploy
In one of the more clever February “sweeps” stunts, this Sunday’s “60 Minutes” will try to cash in on that night’s “Downton Abbey” season-finale ratings by featuring an interview with star Maggie Smith.
In the interview, set to air Sunday at 7 on the CBS newsmagazine (“Downton’s” finale follows at 9 on PBS), Smith will explain why she has never watched an episode of the show, in which she plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Apparently it would drive her crazy to see all the bits that she wished she’d played differently.
“I will look at it when it’s all over. Maybe,” Smith explains in the interview, CBS News said.
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