Back to You, Trees, Canterbury’s, Amsterdam axed

While ABC was doing a hatchet job on Anne Heche's Men in Trees, Fox was pulling the plug on the freshman sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as squabbling news anchors, plus Canterbury's Law and New Amsterdam, all three of which aired in Canada on Global.

ABC has cancelled Men in Trees, ending the BC-shot series after a three-year run. The show, which stars Anne Heche as a relationship coach starting a new life in a remote northern town, paired her with Nova Scotia actor James Tupper. The final run of episodes begins May 28, and the finale is skedded for June 11.

The series is seen in Canada on Citytv stations, though it suffered from many schedule bounces on ABC’s end, debuting on Fridays before switching to Thursdays and then back to Fridays, where it landed at 10 pm before sliding to 8 pm. It returned this season on Wednesdays.

Kelsey Grammer won’t be back in Back to You, which has been pulled by Fox after one season, along with Canterbury’s Law and New Amsterdam, all three of which aired in Canada on Global.

The US network reportedly pulled the plug on all three series over the weekend amid the start of the LA Screenings. Meanwhile, it picked up the sci-fi show Fringe, the pilot for which was shot in Toronto. The big-budget supernatural series – exec produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost) with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, his cohorts in the new Star Trek movie – follows the paranormal adventures of a brilliant but unstable scientist, his estranged son and an FBI agent.

Back to You was among the highest-profile new shows in Global’s fall ’07 lineup, pairing Grammer with Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton as bickering local news anchors, though it fell off the schedule during the WGA strike. Its high budget – for the talent both in front of and behind the camera, which included Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd – is thought to have contributed to its demise, while its lower-rated followup, ‘Til Death, is being brought back. New Amsterdam and Canterbury’s Law debuted mid-season.

From Playback Daily