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Like The First Autumn Leaves, A TV Show Falls...

By RD Heldenfels Published: September 22, 2005

At the end of a new Fox press release was the most important line: ''Head Cases,'' it said, ''has had its last air date.''

The Chris O'Donnell comedy-drama was of no great distinction and had gotten no traction with audiences in two telecasts. Indeed, my colleague Alan Sepinwall looked at the numbers after the first showing of ''Head Cases'' and anticipated the season's first cancellation. So no big surprise here. And the show at least had a chance to seek an audience. Fox has historically been notorious for announcing shows that never get on the air.

So what's going to replace it? Well, that's what the press release was about. And it involves the quickest fix networks can find: reality shows.

New ''Nanny 911'' episodes on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 will get the network to the baseball playoffs. After baseball, in November, the time slot will go to ''Trading Spouses.''

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