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Prescription for (Tepid) Fiction: Sci Fi Dumps "Painkiller Jane"

Um, ouch? It looks like it's time for the scrap heap for Painkiller Jane.

Cabler Sci Fi has announced that it has canceled the action series, which will wrap its first (and only) 22-episode season, on September 21st.

The series starred Kristanna Loken as a woman with the ability to feel no pain who is conscripted into a top secret organization that tracks down criminals with superhuman abilities.

Sixteen episodes of Painkiller Jane have aired to date. While no reason was given for the cancellation, the series has been plagued by low viewership, a situation compounded by the (relatively) high numbers for the launch of Sci Fi's latest drama Flash Gordon.

Could the move mean that Sci Fi will stop foisting low-budget, low-quality dramas on an unsuspecting audience? Or just focus on "better" low-budget series? Only time will tell...

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Power of 10 (CBS); Most Outrageous Moments (NBC); America's Next Top Model (CW); According to Jim/According to Jim (ABC); So You Think You Can Dance (FOX; 8-10 pm)

9 pm: Criminal Minds (CBS);
Last Comic Standing (NBC); America's Next Top Model (CW); Primetime (ABC)

10 pm: CSI: New York (CBS); Dateline (NBC); NASCAR in Primetime (ABC)


What I'll Be Watching

10 pm:
Top Chef on Bravo.

On tonight's episode of
Top Chef
("Restaurant Wars"), it's the moment we've all been waiting for as the chefs must battle to launch two new restaurants and develop the most innovative burger, Tre gets stuck in the weeds, and all of the chefs face guest judge Daniel Boulud.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I think that sci fi programs are really hard to do on a low budget and I think that Painkiller Jane and Flash Gordon are proof of that. They should stick to better quality programs like "Battlestar" instead of putting out mediocre shows that look like leftovers from the eighties.
Anonymous said…
Goodbye, Painkiller Jane. May you rot in hell.
Anonymous said…
Yawn. PJ won't be missed anytime soon.

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