NBC Cancels Jimmy Smits ‘Outlaw’ Series

A week after putting the new Friday-night legal drama on hiatus, NBC decides to pull the plug

NBC has canceled its new Jimmy Smits legal drama "Outlaw," a week after putting the Friday-night 10 p.m. drama on hiatus, an executive close to the network confirmed.

NBC will plug in new Cheryl Hines-hosted reality series "School Pride" at 8 p.m. starting this Friday, running an expanded "Dateline," from 9 -11.

The remaining four episodes of "Outlaw" will be burned off starting Oct. 16 at 8, ending Nov. 13.

"Outlaw" debuted to a respectable-for-Friday-night 2.4 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 on Sept. 15, but had its gavel thrown back at it a week later, when CBS Tom Selleck cop drama "Blue Bloods" beat it 2.2/7 to 1.1/4 in the key demo.

For Smits — a longtime series lynchpin — the cancellation marks the second season-one flameout, with his 2007 ABC series "Cane" also succumbing quickly.