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TV Squad Ten: Series that should be renewed

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 1st 2009 5:40AM
ReaperLast week, TVSquad readers made our "Which shows are renewed, canceled, or on the bubble?" post the most viewed and most commented of the week. Most of the commenters voiced their opinions as to which show should be renewed, and since I also watch loads of TV, it's with no surprise that I wanted to chime in, as well. (Look for my "Series that I think should be canceled" post later this week.)

Here I present you, the 10 shows I think should be renewed. Note that I did not include in this list shows that have been confirmed as renewed by the network (such as Gossip Girl), nor those that have been officially canceled (bye bye Pushing Daisies).

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Shows that should be renewed

    10. Dollhouse

    I have yet to watch the series as I work on Friday nights (I have recorded all episodes using that old thing called a VCR and will throw myself a little marathon soon). However, anything that is produced and/or written by Joss Whedon should be renewed in my book. Sadly, the show is airing on FOX and on Fridays so I'm preparing myself for the worse.

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    9. Better Off Ted

    Being a fan of series such as Arrested Development and The Office, I'm not afraid of showing some lovin' to sitcoms that do not have laugh tracks or the usual Friends-like format. When BoT premiered, I decided to give it a chance since it seemed to be different and starred cutie Jay Harrington and funny lady Portia de Rossi. I have been entertained by every single episode since it premiered, thanks to its different format, the funny and weekly-changing title sequence for Veridian Dynamics, and because of no-nonsense de Rossi. Let's hope ABC shares the love and renews the series.

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    8. NCIS

    It's pretty much a given that CBS will renew NCIS for a seventh season, especially since they are working on a spin-off; however, the powers that be have yet to let us know. NCIS is one of the most watched shows on CBS, and it's no surprise as it has a cast that works well together and characters we actually care about (which isn't something we can say of most procedurals). I don't only want the show to be renewed but I demand its core cast to be intact. Do you think the CBS head honchos will grant me my wish?

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    7. Castle

    Being a huge fan of Murder, She Wrote (I still watch it in reruns almost daily), Castle is right up my alley. Nathan Fillion is a joy to watch every week in the role of Richard Castle. His interactions with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett and quick-witted teenage daughter Alexis are a delight and almost as entertaining as watching Booth and Brennan interact on Bones.

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    6. The Mentalist

    I said it in my Festivus post in December, and I'll say it again. There are two main reasons why you should be watching: 1) actor Simon Baker, and 2) character Patrick Jane. The Mentalist not only offers a case of the week that viewers sometimes have a hard time solving, but also has the ongoing search for the infamous John Red in the background.

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    5. Privileged

    Back in December, I let you know that one of the shows you should be watching was The CW's Privileged. Why? Two words: Joanna Garcia. The actress is just delightful in the role of Megan Smith, a tutor to two bratty teens who always find themselves in some time of trouble. The show is pretty much The O.C. meets Gossip Girl, but seeing them unfold in Smith's reality is entertaining. Thanks to NBC canceling Lipstick Jungle, Robert Buckley was hired in a role that could return next season. Would the CW deprive us from such eye candy? I hope not!

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    4. Bones

    It's more than likely that FOX will renew Bones, considering that it's doing fair enough in ratings and has a good fan following. However, the network has yet to give the official word, prompting me to add the show to my list. Bones not only has a great ensemble cast and two leads that play oh-so-well off each other, but the cases of the week are interesting and there is actually some character development each week. All good ingredients for a series. Let's hope FOX thinks too.

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    3. Chuck

    In late January, exec producer Josh Schwartz said that the final episodes of the season would be "game changing" and that they were putting "three seasons worth of stories into the next 10 episodes." Being a Chuck fan, I must say having loads of revelations and action has made those episodes really interesting and entertaining. Sadly, the network may think that because too many things were revealed, the show has run its course. Let's hope not because Chuck has one of the funniest spy trios on TV right now, as well as a funny ensemble cast (aka the Buy More bunch).

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    2. Reaper

    USA Today puts this gem of an evil comedy show in the "gone or nearly dead" category. I'm thankful that the network gave the show a second season, but they need to realize that they have a smart comedy on their hands here that could help them lighten up their now drama-heavy schedule. If they need another reason to renew Reaper: Ray Wise as the Devil. I rest my case.

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    1. How I Met Your Mother

    This show is ... wait for it ... legendary. CBS needs to "suit up" and give Barney and friends another season to let us find out who exactly is the mother, and to see what Barney will come up with next.

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Roger Metcalfe

If they would take the fag off "How I Met Your Mother" I might watch it. It must make him gag to pretend to enjoy kissing women! He didn't get that round mouth sucking popsicles.

May 18 2009 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease don't cancel "Bones" or "Reaper"! Both are great shows with wonderful chemistry between the actors. Both are extremely well-written and treat viewers like they actually have a brain. I like all the characters on both shows, but my favorites are Cam on "Bones" and Sock on "Reaper". Please keep these quality shows and cancel some of that "reality" show crap.

May 13 2009 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please keep The Unit, NCIS, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, and, yes, Greys' Anatomy. CSI Miami is a drag, and the rest of the CSI are only OK. The Practise is so so. Most of the rest is dreck. SO SICK OF REALITY SHOWS...........BIG YUCK.

May 10 2009 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My husband watches Dollhouse, but I could never get into it. The premise reminds me of something I read about Jeffrey Dahmer. Supposedly he tried to inject something into some of his victim's heads while they were still alive because he thought they would be his zombie slaves that way. This show's idea sounds like a fantasy some sicko rapist or killer would have about people. Echo is human, yet she's dehumanized; her every action is dictated to her and "programmed" into her against her will. Too creepy for me.

May 09 2009 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Castle, Dollhouse, Mentalist, Life! And Bones, NCIS. They keep canceling the good ones and I'll just cancel my cable and watch it on the net when someone uploads the season DVD.

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May 07 2009 at 1:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think Chuck is such an entertaining show. It has action, comedy, and love between the lines. I look so forward to the next season. It's one of the best shows on tv. Im so over the drama of reality shows. Chuck and Reaper are 2 of my favorite shows. If they were to leave there wouldn't be much else to watch. I'm already mad that Sci-Fi didn't renew Eureka. I wish they would.

May 06 2009 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how dare u to cancel life!!!!! i cant sleep :S i was expecting what would happen with reese and crews after he rescued her!!! there was love in the airr!! ooo noo cant believe i wont see that agaiiiiinnnn :(

May 06 2009 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Megan Skylar

I agree with you Rosa...LIFE IS 'LIFE' to those of us who follow it faithfully. BRING IT BACK. Also keep NCIS (FAV) & CASTLE, BONES, THE MENTALIST, LIE TO ME, THESE ARE TOP SHOWS. KEEP MEDIUM TOO. RIA

May 16 2009 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
other greg

terminator: the sarah connor chronicles NEEDS 2 come back for a second season!!!!!!! i tried watching dollhouse, i watched the first 4 episodes, but rly wasnt that good!!!!
but terminator, man thats the best!!!!!

May 05 2009 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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