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What happened to ''Karen Sisco''?

What happened to ”Karen Sisco”? Critic Ken Tucker explains why the networks are so quick to pull shows — even good ones — off the air

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Carla Gugino, Karen Sisco
Karen Sisco: Vivian Zink/ABC

What happened to ”Karen Sisco”?

Why do the networks take shows off so quickly? Also, wasn’t ABC going to bring back ”Karen Sisco”? — Tony

Unaired ”Siscos” are being burned off on the USA Network (Wednesdays, 10 p.m.). But you’re right: Nets want immediate hits (big ratings = big ad bucks) and yank too soon; there’s always a cheaper reality show waiting to replace a quirky series. The nets do pay a price: Playing fast and loose with shows like ”Sisco” partly explains why ABC is down 10 percent in viewers this year.

(Got a TV-related question for Ken Tucker? Post it here.)