Report: 'Armed & Famous' canceled
Unaired episodes might show up on the schedule over the summer.
By KEITH ROYSDON
MUNCIE -- Muncie's claim to reality show fame has reportedly been canceled. Armed & Famous
, which followed the exploits of celebrities, including Erik Estrada and LaToya Jackson, as they patrolled the streets of Muncie as police reserves, has been canceled, show business newspaper Variety has reported.
Only seven episodes of the show were made. Four had aired, including two the first week. The show aired at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS.
A story posted Friday evening on variety.com headlined, "CBS pulls 'Armed
,' shifts 'Knights
,'" noted that the return of the popular talent competition show American Idol
had, two weeks after its return for a new season, claimed two victims.
"CBS has pulled comedy-reality skein Armed & Famous
from its schedule, effective immediately," the story noted, adding that another show opposite American Idol
, Knights of Prosperity
, had been moved from competition with American Idol
started with solid (ratings) numbers when it premiered three weeks ago in the 8 p.m. Wednesday slot, but the Idol
tsunami swept away a big chunk of its audience. Several unaired episodes remain and are expected to surface over the summer," Variety reported.
Mayor Dan Canan said Saturday evening that the show's producer had predicted a tough competition with American Idol.
"I don't understand that part of the business," Canan said. "Tom Foreman had told us he knew that when they were up against Idol
, it would be tough for them.
"I'm just pleased with how the city was portrayed and how the department was portrayed," Canan said. Armed & Famous
had placed second in the ratings, behind According to Jim
, for its premiere. But by last week, the show had fallen to fourth place it its time period in the ratings.
Variety said CBS planned to air some of its popular shows to replace Armed & Famous
"CBS has slated a CSI:NY
repeat in the slot this week, with Criminal Minds
pinch-hitting the next week. Jericho
returns Feb. 14 with a recap episode," Variety reported. Armed & Famous
filmed in Muncie from around Thanksgiving until early this month, when the show premiered.
Canan said police officers told him they were pleased that the show gave a fairly realistic look at local police procedures.
"It's showing the general public what they're doing in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep," Canan said.