We have the first casualty of the fall season.

After two episodes, The CW has canceled Ashton Kutcher’s scripted drama “The Beautiful Life.”

Wednesday’s episode was seen by just 1 million viewers and generated a 0.5 rating in the adult demo.

The decision comes on the heels of two reality show pickups by the network, “Fly Girls” and a Tinsley Mortimer docusoap.

The CW’s freshman revamp of “Melrose Place” has had difficulty achieving liftoff as well, but Thursday night’s “Vampire Diaries” has been performing strong. Last night’s third “Diaries” episode grew in the adult demo despite facing increased competition.

The CW has not yet announced a replacement for the “Beautiful Life” slot. The new reality shows won’t be ready until January. One option is airing “Melrose Place” encores (like the way the network double-pumped “90210″ last season). Another option, less likely, is to bring “Smallville” back into the midweek mix.  “Smallville” was shifted to Friday nights for its final season and debuts this evening.

The Hollywood Reporter

ETA: Production has been shut down on the show and there are currently no plans to air the episodes that were filmed. Melrose Place repeats will take TBL’s slot. Zap2it

6 Responses

  1. Mandy

    They didn’t give it much of a chance. 2 episodes?? They could have at least tried to switch the time slots. What sucks is this show was better then Melrose Place (CHHEESSYYY). :(

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  2. bee

    this is ridiculous! TBL was the ONLY show i was looking forward to this season on the cw and they didnt even give it a chance. The cw set it up to fail with the limited press. This show was definetly sure to be a hit, they just needed to give it time. Thats what happened with 90210 as well last season but it picked up. This group of amazing, talented people didnt deserve this and i dont know what could have gone wrong. They could at least have the decency to air the episodes that were filmed….

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  3. sarah j

    Mischa I loved the show the Beautiful Life. I am super bummed out that it got canceled. Will it come back? Please it has too!

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