Nathan Lane's "Charlie Lawrence" Pulled from CBS Schedule

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After debuting to dismally low ratings, the new sitcom "Charlie Lawrence" — featuring Tony Award-winning Producers star Nathan Lane — has been pulled from the CBS schedule.

The New York Daily News reports that both "Charlie Lawrence" and "Baby Bob" have been removed from the CBS summer schedule. A CBS spokesperson told the daily paper, "We did pull them from the schedule and they'll likely return to the schedule later this summer."

"Charlie Lawrence" premiered June 15 with a 0.9 rating and a 3 share in the advertiser-friendly 18-49 year-old demographic. Overall, the show had a 3.5 rating, which translates to roughly 3-1/2 million viewers. Though the numbers are extremely small for television, a year in The Producers — the St. James has a seating capacity of 1,700 — translates to just 707,200 theatregoers.

Lane portrayed an openly-gay freshman congressman in the series, which was scheduled to air Sundays at 8:30 PM ET for seven weeks. The comedy also featured "Roseanne" actress Laurie Metcalf, veteran TV actor Ted McGinley as well as Stephanie Faracy, T. R. Knight, Steve Stapenhorst, Misha Henson, Shannon Cochran and Anni Long.

Lane's previous sitcom — 1998's "Encore! Encore" — was also short-lived. That show cast the actor as a down-on-his-luck opera singer.

In addition to his Tony-winning roles in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nathan Lane has starred on The Great White Way in Present Laughter, Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Man Who Came to Dinner. The actor has also been featured in such films as "Addams Family Values," "Mousehunt," "Love's Labour's Lost" and "The Birdcage," scoring a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the latter. He was also recently seen in the film adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby."

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