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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles axed

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Story by Jack Foley

TERMINATOR: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the US TV series based on the popular film franchise, has been axed in America by broadcaster Fox.

The show, which starred British actress Lena Headey, ran for two seasons and was shown in the UK on Virgin1. It’s future has been in doubt ever since the first season failed to attract the audience figures that could justify its production costs.

Fox announced the decision along with several other high-profile casualties as it unveiled its line-up for the forthcoming Fall season of TV programmes.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was set after the events of the second instalment of the James Cameron film series, and ignored the events of the much maligned third film.

It is not expected to be referenced, however, by the forthcoming fourth film, Terminator Salvation, which is due to open in cinemas in the next few weeks, starring Christian Bale as John Connor.

Samantha Who? also cancelled

Among the other shows commissioned by Fox that have been axed was US sitcom Samantha Who?, starring Christina Applegate.

The programme, which has a cult following on E4, had also reached the end of its second season and was almost saved by ABC, who reportedly offered to renew it if the producers cut $500,000 (£325,000) from the show’s budget.

But according to the Hollywood Reporter both the network and its producers had since decided to pull the plug.

New shows

Fox did, however, announce six new series, including the hotly-anticipated new musical comedy Glee, a new comedy-drama about a high school choir that marks the next project from the creators of Nip/Tuck.

Glee received its debut on American TV recently and attracted strong reviews even though some critics cast doubt about its long-term viability.