Disney-Owned Nets Ax Originals


Citing poor ratings, Walt Disney Co.-owned networks ESPN and ABC Family
Thursday announced the cancellations of two high-profile original series.

ESPN said it will not renew sports/entertainment show Mohr Sports
after its freshman run ends in September. The show -- which aired Tuesdays at 5
p.m. -- averaged a 0.37 rating through Aug. 13, nearly one-half the 0.6
total-day rating the network posted in July.

Mohr Sports host Jay Mohr also confirmed the show's cancellation
Wednesday night on CBS' TheLate Late Show with Craig Kilborn,
describing the sports series as 'a bit of a train wreck from the beginning.'

Meanwhile, ABC Family announced that it would not renew a third season of
original comedy/drama State of Grace. The show, which premiered on Fox
Family Channel -- Disney purchased that channel from News Corp. in 2001 --
struggled to maintain its impressive 1.2 first-year ratings mark.

State of Grace, which airs Mondays at 8 p.m., averaged a 0.7 rating,
according to the network.

'For the past two seasons, we've been pleased to present critically acclaimed
series State of Grace,' ABC president Angela Shapiro said in a prepared
statement. 'Despite a run of 39 original episodes, the show was not able to
establish a strong enough audience to justify producing a third