ABC's 'Homeland Security' Ending Its Run, for Now
It's 'lights out' for "Homeland Security USA," at least temporarily.
The ABC reality television series starring rank-and-file employees of the Department of Homeland Security ends its run tonight, having aired only seven of its 13 produced episodes. The network has not announced when or if the remaining episodes will air.
The show debuted in early January to mixed reviews. It showcased the work of several DHS agencies, including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. Men and women in federal uniforms did little to draw viewers to its 8 p.m. ET time slot however and the show usually placed far behind Fox's reality superstar "American Idol," CBS's "NCIS" (apparently a big hit with federal bureaucrats) and NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Adding to the low ratings, various minority and immigrant rights groups repeatedly raised concerns about portrayals of Latino and Middle Eastern people at border crossings.
Show producer Arnold Shapiro vowed to showcase the human side of DHS, hoping to make viewers "feel good about these people who are doing their best to protect us," he told the Hollywood Reporter.
Next week ABC replaces "Homeland" with a special two-hour episode of "Dancing With the Stars" and then plans to air back-to-back episodes of the half-hour comedy "According to Jim" starting in late March.
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