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NBC drama 'Outlaw' goes on production hiatus

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outlawImage Credit: Jordin Althaus/NBCNBC has brought production to a halt on Outlaw, the network’s new legal drama starring Jimmy Smits. Three episodes have already aired at 10 p.m. Fridays but the series hasn’t exactly burned down the house of Nielsen: Outlaw only averaged 4.7 million viewers on Oct. 1, down from its premiere week average of 4.98 million. The network still has five original episodes in the can that are scheduled to air so its plan is to monitor the show’s performance in the coming weeks before deciding whether to resume production.

Other than featuring the popular Smits, the other fascinating aspect about Outlaw is that it comes from Conan O’Brien, who developed the series for NBC under his Conaco production banner. O’Brien is not involved in the day-to-day operation of the show, though. That responsibility falls on Conaco head David Kissinger and Russell Schwartz.

Outlaw is the first show of the 2010-11 season to go on production hiatus. Two other dramas have already been canceled, which are Fox’s Lone Star and ABC’s My Generation.

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