‘Rush Hour’ first cancelled, now pulled and replaced with ‘Code Black’ repeats


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For whatever reason, CBS has decided to go ahead and stick another nail in the coffin of “Rush Hour.”

It was not bad enough that the comedy-drama from Bill Lawrence, a remake of the feature-film trilogy, was canceled over a week ago before upfronts; apparently, the network has now also decided to keep the rest of the episodes this season off the schedule.

As first shared by SpoilerTV, “Rush Hour” is no longer on the schedule for tonight; instead, it’s been replaced by a repeat of “Code Black.” There’s no clear indication as to when the remaining episodes of the show will air (or even if), but we understand the move from a strategy point of view. “Code Black” is a show coming back in the fall, and there is therefore an incentive in continuing to promote it. However, there is zero incentive in doing anything of the sort when it comes to this series. Keeping it on basically equates to hollow ratings; even if it performs slightly better, the long-term benefit just isn’t there.

This is the second move this week from CBS that will disappoint a small group of people out there; earlier, it was confirmed that “Limitless” was canceled, despite the studio at least trying to find it another home. In both cases, ratings simply were the biggest issue; if numbers are already low for the first season on a major network, there is little incentive to keep it around. Rarely do these sort of shows ever improve much from one season to the next.

If there are any updates worthy of sharing over the coming days on this subject, we’ll have ’em for you here.

Update: Per Twitter, “Rush Hour” will return on July 23 to finish the series. Granted, that is CBS burying the show on a Saturday, where almost no one will see it. Still, better than nothing.

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