'Pushing Daisies', 'Dirty Sexy Money, 'Life on Mars' Cancelled'? Eli Stone thrown a bone?

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November 14th, 2008

March, 2009 Update: Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone and Life On Mars have all been canceled. For the latest prospects on current ABC shows click here.

The Futon Critic is reporting a mid-season schedule for ABC, citing the network's advertising sales web site.

Eli Stone sticks around on Tuesdays at 10pm, but both Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money are off the schedule. Life on Mars, which originally was rumored would air after Lost on Wednesdays at 10pm looks to be replaced by new series, The Unusuals.

If true, which seems highly likely, multiple fandoms will be disappointed. Life on Mars being out, and Eli Stone being in may surprise some (and certainly the Renew/Cancel index). But as one insider explained to me earlier in the week, one advantage Eli Stone had, particularly over Dirty Sexy Money was that while it aired at 10pm, it could potentially air anywhere in the schedule, whereas Dirty Sexy Money was a show that could only air at 10pm. The thought being if the show can get some traction, it gives ABC more flexibility with scheduling than keeping Dirty Sexy Money would've.

Update just for clarification: this information, even if correct is not predictive of some things. For example, that Life on Mars isn't on the schedule below doesn't really mean much by itself. It doesn't mean it will be yanked from the schedule and as the comments below note, it's quite possible that LOM would air after Lost until March, before being replaced by The Unusuals. I think it highly unlikely that most of the shows -- whether they're cancelled or not -- wouldn't get to air all produced episodes. For some of these series, we may have to wait until May and the announced fall 2009 schedules before we really know their fates.

The Futon Critic article predicts official announcements from ABC sometime next week.

Here is the reported schedule:

8:00/7:00c - "The Bachelor" (New Season)
9:30/8:30c - "Samantha Who?"
10:00/9:00c - "True Beauty" (New Series)

8:00/7:00c - "Border Security USA" (New Series)
9:00/8:00c - "According to Jim" (New Season)
9:30/8:30c - "According to Jim" (New Season)
10:00/9:00c - "Eli Stone"

8:00/7:00c - "Scrubs" (New Season)
8:30/7:30c - "The Goode Family" (New Series)
9:00/8:00c - "Lost" (New Season)
10:00/9:00c - "The Unusuals" (New Series)

8:00/7:00c - "Ugly Betty"
9:00/8:00c - "Grey's Anatomy"
10:00/9:00c - "Private Practice" (New Time Slot)

8:00/7:00c - "Wife Swap"
9:00/8:00c - "Supernanny"
10:00/9:00c - "20/20"

8:00/7:00c - "Saturday Night Movie"

7:00/6:00c - "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9:00/8:00c - "Desperate Housewives"
10:00/9:00c - "Brothers & Sisters"

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