2003: NBC Quietly Ends 'The Lyon's Den'
This day in 2003 marked the last official broadcast of NBC's Rob Lowe vehicle, The Lyon's Den, which was pulled from the prime-time line-up after just six episodes.
Earlier in 2003, Lowe (now appearing in NBC's Parks and Recreation) had walked away from the hit NBC drama, The West Wing, reportedly because his character, Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn — once intended to be one of the show's central characters — had become a marginal ensemble player. On Sept. 28, he was back on the Peacock network, playing an idealistic Washington lawyer for a pro-bono law clinic (and son of a senator) who's wooed by a high-end law firm.
The series' cast also included Matt Craven, Kyle Chandler, Frances Fisher, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz, Paula Newsome, Robert Picardo and James Pickens, Jr.
The network aired a "leftover" episode of The Lyon's Den on Nov. 30.