'Dollhouse' is swept off the air for sweeps month
Viewers used to focus on what TV networks would air during sweeps.
This fall, the biggest headline has been what a network won't air.
Fox has pushed struggling Friday night cult-favorite "Dollhouse" off the November board, clearing the night for repeats of "Bones" and "House." The network plans to air the rest of the Joss Whedon show's episodes in December, doubling them into two-hour blocks.
The move sparked fan dismay over the show's fate while highlighting how much the November sweeps have changed. Once a period of high-profile stunts, now it's more like business as usual, with a smattering of very special episodes. Here's a network-by-network look:
Arguably the month's biggest event is CBS' "CSI" crossover. Starting on "CSI: Miami" on Nov. 9, Laurence Fishburne's "CSI" character Dr. Ray Langston will follow a case to Miami, New York and then back to Las Vegas.
FOX.The premiere of "The Wanda Sykes Show" on Nov. 7, and Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy"-themed variety special will air the next night.
NBC. The two-hour "Biggest Loser" special, "Where Are They Now?" (Nov. 25) revisits memorable contestants. A new Thanksgiving special, "Merry Madagascar," from DreamWorks Animation airs on Nov. 17.
ABC. The alien invasion drama "V," based on the 1983 miniseries, debuts as a series on Nov. 3. The Country Music Association awards air on Nov. 11.
THE CW. Heather Locklear returns to "Melrose Place" starting Nov. 17, while Hilary Duff guest-stars on "Gossip Girl" on Nov. 2.
- The Hollywood Reporter