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Bubble Shows Battle for Renewal

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 5th 2010 10:00AM
The battle is on for the last few spots in next fall's television line-up and according to the Hollywood Reporter, it's coming down to the wire for some of television's longest-running and most buzzed about shows.

While it's still too early to tell just how the chips will fall, since many networks are still waiting to evaluate its crop of new pilots, several shows that were once the talk of Hollywood appear to be on the chopping block. Among those shows unlikely to return: 'FlashForward,' 'Numb3rs' and 'Cold Case.'The battle is on for the last few spots in next fall's television line-up and according to the Hollywood Reporter, it's coming down to the wire for some of television's longest-running and most buzzed about shows.

While it's still too early to tell just how the chips will fall, since many networks are still waiting to evaluate its crop of new pilots, several shows that were once the talk of Hollywood appear to be on the chopping block. Among those shows unlikely to return: 'FlashForward,' 'Numb3rs' and 'Cold Case.'

Conspicuously absent from that list? 'Heroes,' which, despite an epic decline in both ratings and quality over the past four years, now appears poised to return for a fifth and presumably final season for NBC. And it's not the only sci-fi series inching towards renewal, as ABC's alien invasion epic 'V' still has life as well, despite only mediocre ratings.

Other shows considered to have a fighting chance of staying on the air are 'Chuck,' 'Parenthood' and 'Law & Order,' all of which may benefit from NBC's continuing slump, as well as the network's need to fill the time slots left vacant by the cancellation of 'The Jay Leno Show.' 'The Marriage Ref' is also likely to return to NBC, while Fox's much ballyhooed actioner 'Human Target' has better-than-even odds of hitting the bulls-eye, as does the CBS comedy 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.'

Shows that are probably on the way out, according to the Hollywood Reporter, include NBC's 'Trauma' and 'Mercy,' Fox's 'Sons of Tucson' and CBS stalwarts 'Ghost Whisperer,' 'Medium,' 'Gary Unmarried' and 'Accidentally on Purpose.' And over on the CW, it's apparently anybody's guess, as 'One Tree Hill' and 'The Life Unexpected' thrash it out for the last time slot.

Of course, even this late in the game, anything can change, but with the all-important May upfronts approaching (in which the networks unveil its plans to potential advertisers), chances are we'll know the results sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, for most of these shows, it seems their bubble is about to burst.

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