Wednesday, May 6, 2009

No more "Talk Show with Spike Ferensten"

The New York Times reports that FOX has canceled "Talk Show with Spike Ferensten," which has aired at midnight on Saturday for the past four years. Our lineups page never listed Ferensten since the show is only on once a week, but the Times article states that the network saw the former writer for "Late Show with David Letterman" as a possible competitor for his old boss:

Fox gave Mr. Feresten a six-week trial run in the Saturday at 11 p.m. time period in the hope that he might emerge as a potential host of a Monday-through-Friday late-night show. That experiment did not generate big ratings, and he returned to the half-hour format at midnight on Saturdays. Mr. Feresten’s last show, which has already been taped, will be broadcast May 16.