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'Tru Calling' to return March 31

March 24, 2005|by Zap2it.com

When Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman insisted to TV critics back in January that the remaining episodes of "Tru Calling" would air at some point, many a reporter chuckled. Well, Berman may be departing Fox for a creative gig at Paramount, but she's true to her word. The much maligned and already effectively canceled "Calling" will return March 31, replacing the equally maligned and equally effectively cancelled "Point Pleasant."

Originally scheduled to air at 9 p.m. on Thursdays after "The O.C." this fall, "Tru Calling" was yanked first for "North Shore" and then for "Point Pleasant" this winter.

"What changed for us was when we saw 'Point Pleasant' we really felt we had a show that was incredibly compatible with 'The O.C.,' so our thoughts changed, not so much about 'Tru Calling,' but about the possibility of not only having an exciting show and a winner at 8 o'clock, but also something that could really make headway for us at 9 o'clock," Berman said in January.

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It turns out that that experiment was a failure. Despite getting a reasonably large sample for its post- "American Idol" sneak preview, "Point Pleasant" averaged all of 4.09 million viewers per episode. Last season, "Tru Calling" averaged 4.55 million viewers.

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