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What Shows are On the Bubble?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 15th 2010 3:00PM
Fringe_fox_castIf you read Brad's take on The Hollywood Reporter list of endangered TV shows, you might be surprised that the 'experts' have some weak rated shows coming back for another season.

THR puts 'Community' in the safe category, giving it a 90% chance of renewal. It also put 'Chuck' in the 90% category.

Joe Adalian wrote about bubble shows on The Wrap, and he has 'Chuck' slam-dunking another renewal out of NBC. The surprises on his list was a death blow for 'Gary Unmarried' and 'Rules of Engagement.'

Really? That's not a certainty considering that 'Rules' hasn't even aired yet. It did well in the ratings last spring, enough to be a midseason renewal. And 'Gary' has performed on par with 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' which has a good shot at being renewed.

flash_forward_fiennes_abcThis is what's going on with shows potentially on the brink:

ABC: Last year's reprieve for 'Better Off Ted' was the end of the line for Ted and friends. The net won't go one more season, and 'Scrubs' is also a goner. The new Wednesday sitcoms just made those two seem out of step ratings-wise. Too bad for 'Ted,' but that's TV for you.

'V' and 'FlashForward' were not the breakouts as expected. Don't be surprised if 'FF' remains and 'V' gets booted. 'The Deep End' will sink into the west forever. 'The Forgotten' has no chance, and we already know 'Ugly Betty' is ending. Sunday night's shows are solid, and those Wednesday sitcoms are reason for Steve McPherson to beam.

CBS: A lot of good problems for CBS because no show is completely sunk, but tough decisions need to be made. 'Numb3rs' will come to an end and so will 'Cold Case,' making room for new hour dramas like 'Hawaii Five-0' which we've been hearing a lot about this week and that 'Criminal Minds' spinoff with Forest Whitaker. 'Cold Case' is this year's 'Without A Trace' -- there's still life in it, but CBS has more good stuff (presumably) in the pipeline.

Rules_of_Engagement_CBS_warburton_spadeWe know 'Amazing Race' and 'Survivor' are returning, as are the 'CSI's,' the 'NCIS's' and 'The Mentalist' and 'The Good Wife.' Fridays will remain the same... with a new show added to the mix, like the returning 'Flashpoint.'

The comedies are the question marks, as mentioned above. 'Accidentally on Purpose' might get a mercy renewal, but it will be at the expense of ending 'Christine,' 'Gary' or 'Rules.' 'Christine' could be over after a solid five year run. On the other hand, it could be this year's 'Worst Week' which means, buh-bye!

Fox: In the same way the network gave 'Prison Break' a few years to run, 'Fringe' will get some room to evolve. It's shown more promise than 'Dollhouse' did. The ratings took a bath on Thursday, but it's a culty show and if '24' doesn't return, 'Fringe' could flip to Mondays. 'Past Life' is doomed, but 'Human Target' has performed well enough to be back. As for '24,' the jump to movies is the next step for Jack. It'll be eight and out. One more season for '24' might be one too many.

Fox's comedies, outside of animation, are dead ducks. Goodbye ''Til Death' and 'Brothers,' who really cares? The best news for Fox is the buzz and decent ratings for dramedy, 'Glee.' That was a major victory for the net.

community_nbc_mcHaleNBC: So many holes thanks to the Leno debacle is good news for shows like 'Mercy' and 'Chuck.' 'Heroes,' on the other hand, has lost all its cool factor. No network spin can rescue it. It's over. Call it a day! 'Trauma' has been on and off the dead list. It's not likely to be back, but both 'Law & Orders' will make it to next season.

As for the comedies, 'Community' is weak ratings wise, but so is 'Parks & Recreation.' If one has to go to make way for new product, it'll be 'Community.' Still to be determined is 'Parenthood,' which has aired yet. NBC needs a massive cardiac jolt so don't be shocked to see nice shows like 'Community' and 'Mercy' dumped. It's not fair, but that's TV.

CW: 'Smallville' and 'Supernatural' are good for another go-round, and 'Life Unexpected' has done enough to charm the critics, so it's probably back. The 'Melrose Place' remake, however, is not getting a second chance. It's done.

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Elinore

I love the idea that Mercy could be coming back for another season. But the idea that they could drop it, would that mean in the middle of that second season or while contemplating a third?

April 30 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kcb8000

I also dig the show 'The Middle' , anybody else watch that one?

March 01 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kcb8000

Please keep Numb3rs, I think it is one of the best shows on TV. The guest stars on the show are also great and really work into the plotlines and with the other characters well!

March 01 2010 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joetinva

Most of what is on TV is so bad that I cannot get concerned about what comes and what goes. Several hours ago I turned off the Winter Olympics because even they have become boring. How many times can a sane person tolerate the story of Lindsey Vonn. The political commentary is redundant and boring. Mostly I watch live sports but even that is becoming really awful. I live in the Washington DC metro area so national news and local news are the same. Nightline used to be good but they turned it into garbage. The one thing that is sure is that what replaces whatever is replaced WILL BE WORSE.

February 21 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jennifer

NBC gets rid of all their good shows. The problem is, TV isn't like it used to be years ago, when there were only a few channels to watch that had shows. Of course the ratings would be high for one of the others. NOW, there's so many channels and great shows to choose from, that the ratings are going to be spread all over the place. Does that mean it's a bad show? No. It just means there's alot of them out there, and these networks have to get used to that. Quit getting rid of all the shows worth while watching!!!!

February 17 2010 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shannonm93@hotmail.com

Hope FlashForward, Mercy & Life Unexpected will be back!

February 16 2010 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

Mercy is the only good show on NBC, otherwise, they are
Nothing But Crap

February 16 2010 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stigmata

Community has potential to be a cult hit. It also probaby quite popular with the college scene, as well as 18-49 demo, so theres a good chance it will stay, NBC execs are starting to get smarter, they can see the potential.

February 16 2010 at 1:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kireet

NBC has its strongest Thursday lineup in years; it would be absolutely shameful for them to dismantle it.

February 15 2010 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

I think that the Heroes franchise can be saved, with a move to SyFy with a new, cheaper cast.

February 15 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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