Heroes officially axed

Drama series Heroes has officially been axed by its American network NBC. After running for four seasons, the show has been given the boot by its network due to flagging ratings in the third and fourth seasons. Despite premiering strongly in 2006, Heroes suffered badly during the writers strike and subsequently never fully recovered in terms of popularity.

Napoleon Dynamite animated series

US network Fox is developing an animated series based on the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite. The majority of the original cast is on board the project including Jon Heder and Efran Ramirez along with the creators Jared and Jerusha Hess.

New series from Grey’s creator

Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes is producing a new series called Off The Map which will again be involved in the medical field. The new series centres on a group of US doctors who leave the country to work at a small clinic on a tropical island. Off The Map will feature Jason George (Ben Warren) from the current Grey’s line-up.

New Chuck Lorre series

Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre has a new comedy series in production called Mike and Molly. The series stars Billy Gardell (My Name is Earl) and Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls) as the titular leads who meet at Overeaters Anonymous.

Law & Order cancelled

Long-running series Law & Order has been cancelled by NBC after a run that has spanned two decades. The crime drama series has run for a mammoth 20 seasons since premiering back in 1990 and will go down as the longest-running drama series in television history alongside Gunsmoke. The series’ spinoffs including Law & Order: SVU will continue to run.

Bret Michaels plans TV return

Rocker and TV reality star Bret Michaels is already planning his return to television following the brain haemorrhage he suffered last month. Michaels, a contestant on the American Celebrity Apprentice, has said he plans to return to the show for the finale episode this Sunday as well as make an appearance on Oprah during the week.

Underbelly actor leaves rehab

Underbelly actor Matthew Newton is out of rehab after spending a 28-day period in a Melbourne facility. Newton featured in the second season of the crime drama playing drug lord Terry Clarke alongside kiwi actress Anna Hutchison. The exact reason for his stay at the rehab centre was never made public.

Eurovision winner picked

According to bookies, the favourites to win the 2010 Eurovision song contest are Germany and Azerbaijan. The televised talent competition takes place in Oslo in less than two weeks and with the bookies predicting the 2008 and 2009 competitions correctly, it’s difficult to argue with them.

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  • reece_555

    – Come on Shonda Rhimes some imagination, and I assume a cross over with greys or private practice is on the cards aswell, where a patient from the island need to go to seattle grace.

    – The Chuck Lorre show sounds like his usual sexual inuendo but with fat people instead of over 40’s and geeks.