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TV Shows Most Likely to Be Canceled: We Made the Odds, Now Place Your Bets

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 9th 2009 3:11PM

It seems like just yesterday we were greeting the lineup of the 2009-2010 television season; every show was equal, and no show had a better chance at success than any other. What a difference a few weeks make, as now some series are already looking down the barrel of a shotgun, ready to be canceled with barely a few episodes out the gate. Television is a cutthroat world indeed -- here we look at the series that are currently on thin ice, and the odds that they'll come out the other side.

Don't agree with our odds? Let us know!

ABC:

'Ugly Betty'
It wasn't long ago that 'Ugly Betty' had its supporters in droves, proclaiming its brilliance to the heavens. Now, alas, the show seems to have been abandoned, allegedly returning this season only so it has enough episodes in the vault to qualify for syndication. Which it does, so there!
Odds of Cancellation: 2 to 1

It seems like just yesterday we were greeting the lineup of the 2009-2010 television season; every show was equal, and no show had a better chance at success than any other. What a difference a few weeks make, as now some series are already looking down the barrel of a shotgun, ready to be canceled with barely a few episodes out the gate. Television is a cutthroat world indeed -- here we look at the series that are currently on thin ice, and the odds that they'll come out the other side.

Don't agree with our odds? Let us know!

ABC:

'Ugly Betty'
It wasn't long ago that 'Ugly Betty' had its supporters in droves, proclaiming its brilliance to the heavens. Now, alas, the show seems to have been abandoned, allegedly returning this season only so it has enough episodes in the vault to qualify for syndication. Which it does, so there!
Odds of Cancellation: 2 to 1

'Hank'
We loved Kelsey Grammer on 'Frasier.' We loved him as Hank McCoy/Beast in 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' a film that really doesn't deserve any love. We don't seem to love him on 'Hank.' Poor Hank.
Odds of Cancellation: 2 to 1

'Eastwick'
ABC has called this series a "quiet success." It also has one of those crazy "Save Our Show!" online fan campaigns. Neither scenario will make much of a difference, unfortunately.
Odds of Cancellation: 2 to 1

'The forgotten'
No one liked Christian Slater's show last season, 'My Own Worst Enemy,' and no one likes his show this season. Oh, Christian Slater ... Remember when we used to call him "the next Jack Nicholson?"
Odds of cancellation: 2 to 1

'The Middle'
The adventures of a Midwestern family aren't quite clicking with audiences, though it may charm its way into a second season yet.
Odds of cancellation: 5 to 1

'Castle'
A mystery novelist helps crimefighters solve crimes in this high-concept drama that has managed to pull off a tightrope act between success and failure for going on two seasons. We probably won't know the fate of this one until the very last minute.
Odds of cancellation: 10 to 1

CBS:

'Three Rivers'
Attention television producers: Audiences don't want shows "like" 'ER.' They just want 'ER.'
Odds of cancellation: 2 to 1

'Cold Case'
This one had a good run, but it's time to throw in the towel. Kathryn Morris will probably immediately score a gig on 'Lost' or 'Heroes' the second this is canceled, anyway. It will run its full 22 episodes this season and then go kablooey.
Odds of cancellation: 2 to 1

'Numb3rs'
Another neat-o series that has run its course; this one got an order of only 16 episodes this season. Six seasons is a damn good run.
Odds of cancellation: 3 to 1

'The New Adventures of Old Christine'
This one has horrible ratings, but it's always kind of had horrible ratings. Julia-Louis Dreyfus is one of those TV actors that seems immune to cancellation until it's REALLY time to call it quits.
Odds of cancellation: 10 to 1

'Gary Unmarried'
Again, this one doesn't have great ratings, but whatever. It's cheap, it's amusing, it fills a slot, it'll probably survive.
Odds of cancellation: 10 to 1

'The Good Wife'
Ratings are so-so for this drama, but it has enough "class" to keep it going just on integrity alone. And star Juliana Marguiles has the power to steer through stormy ratings waters, most definitely.
Odds of cancellation: 15 to 1

CW:

'Melrose Place'
No one loves this show the way CW was hoping, proving that nostalgia for a bad '90s show doesn't necessarily translate into embracing a bad 21st Century show of the same name. However, it is 'Melrose Place,' and that might just be enough to keep it alive for another season.
Odds of cancellation: 10 to 1

Every other show on the CW is doing great. 'One Tree Hill,' 'Supernatural,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' all that stuff. And the only thing keeping 'Smallville' from going on forever and ever is the cast and crew of 'Smallville.' Only they have the power to call it quits and start a new series -- 'Metropolis,' anyone?

FOX:

''Til Death'
It was cute back in 2006. It's not so cute anymore. But cute goes a long way, especially with a sitcom that barely costs anything to produce.
Odds of cancellation: 5 to 1

'Brothers'
There are only 13 episodes airing this season, and it's off the schedule for November sweeps. Yeah, this one's outta here.
Odds of cancellation: 2 to 1

'Dollhouse'
Same kind of situation - only 13 episodes airing, and it's off the schedule for November sweeps. But it's a Joss Whedon series, and he's been known to pull off some magic. If 'Dollhouse' gets canceled, expect it to come back as a feature film.
Odds of cancellation: 3 to 1

'Fringe'
Ha! It's doing fine. Not great, but probably good enough to warrant a renewal. We just put this one in here to make sure you were paying attention.
Odds of cancellation: 100 to 1

NBC:

'Law & Order'
This show has employed more New York actors - even if just for one day - than any other in history. Also, if it finishes this season, it will tie 'Gunsmoke' as the longest-running television drama ever. Might NBC want to go one more season just to break the record?
Odds of cancellation: 3 to 1

'Mercy'
No one cares for the adventures of nurses at a hospital. Again, don't try to be 'E.R.' unless you're actually 'E.R.' Or 'Grey's Anatomy.'
Odds of cancellation: 3 to 1

'Parks and Recreation'
It got picked up for an entire season, and it only takes up a tiny corner of a set, so if enough viewers remain amused, expect this to get renewed just for the hell of it.
Odds of cancellation: 10 to 1

'Heroes'
It will not be canceled. Not a chance. There's no point in thinking it will. Even if it somehow gets even worse, it will live on. Just because it can.
Odds of cancellation: 100 to 1

Did we miss any? Which shows do you think are most likely to get canceled?


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SURE HOPE CASTLE CONTINUES - WE LOVE THAT SHOW! -

December 26 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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