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Seven CBS Shows on the Bubble

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 30th 2010 3:02PM
jenna_elfman_accidentally_on_purposeFor the most part, CBS has had a very good year. New series like 'Undercover Boss' and 'NCIS: LA' lived up to expectations and emerged as hits, and even though it's fallen off a bit lately, 'The Good Wife' is also a success.

But as the May upfront approaches, when the network has to make difficult decisions about what new shows to order and which programs to axe, it's a good time to assess what might happen. Here's our look at what's Tiffany network shows are on the brink ... and how it might play out.

1. 'Accidentally on Purpose' Despite a lot of quality pedigree behind the camera and a major star -- Jenna Elfman -- in front of it, this sitcom has struggled all season long in the ratings. And it's just not a very good comedy, straining to be funny. The last episode, when Billie finally had the baby, was the perfect way to end the show. It's not worth a renewal, especially if some of the proposed pilots like William Shatner's 'S**t My Father Says' get the greenlight.

2. 'Cold Case' This is just like last season's 'Without A Trace,' a vulnerable drama series that has been going down in the ratings. 'Cold Case' is a Jerry Bruckheimer series that's had a good run, but it's time to wrap it up. The novelty has worn off and after cost cuts this season -- including no more on location filming in Philadelphia -- it's a sign that 'Cold Case' has reached its end. Also, CBS has practically assured us that 'Hawaii Five-O' and the 'Criminal Minds' spinoff are locks for the fall. Something has to move to make room for those hours. This is one; 'Medium' could be the other.

3. 'Rules of Engagement' If you were to make an analogy to sports, 'Rules' is like a reliable back up quarterback for CBS. It's the perfect mid-season tonic for whatever sitcom is not living up to expectations on the schedule. 'Rules' probably deserves a spot to call its own, but watch for CBS to continue keeping it as the back up replacement sitcom, earmarked for the second season and not a fall pickup.

4. 'Medium' While it seemed like a good move last year for CBS to snag this supernatural drama from NBC and pair it with 'Ghost Whisperer' on Friday nights, it hasn't really panned out in the ratings. But how much of that reflects on the show or the lack of viewers on Friday nights? TVbythenumbers.com puts 'Medium' on the endangered list and that's probably a correct assessment. 'Ghost' has a better chance of surviving.

5. 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' The Wednesday night double shot of sitcoms has not worked out on CBS; neither 'Old Christine' nor 'Gary Unmarried' have offered much in the way of ratings zing. The former, at least, has critical approval and has had a good run. Last year, it was saved from cancellation by ABC offering to snatched it up if CBS let it go. That won't happen this go-round. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be doing something else on TV in the near future.

6. 'Gary Unmarried'
CBS will pull the plug on Jay Mohr's sitcom. It hasn't found a niche, and it failed when they've tried to move it into a Monday slot. There are too many new pilots in the works that have a better shot than another season of 'Gary.' For instance, there's a new Chuck Lorre sitcom waiting in the wings.

7. 'Two and a Half Men'
Yes, CBS has already renewed 'Men' for two more years, but that extension has been jeopardized by the Charlie Sheen situation. If WB and CBS comes to terms with Sheen, which is likely, 'Men' will be back for the fall. It might be moved to 9:30 PM on Monday nights, but it will return. CBS has too much invested in this show's ongoing success to let Sheen bolt.

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Welcome jamesbee

My husband abd I watch CSI NewYork eery week Iwe do not want to lose another show. .Thank You. We do not watch the silly comedies and quiz shows nor do we watch any survivor stories. those people could n't survive in a box on the street without help. James and Betty Coleman

April 01 2011 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Evelyn Orsini

Good riddance to all 7 shows. I am so tired of
the CBS evening schedule. Let's hope they find some quality programing to compete with cable.

May 03 2010 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Ann

When NBC dumped Medium it was the last straw for me. I no longer watch anything on their network. Too many times I became interested in shows that were cancelled too quickly. Now CBS is going to do the same? Friday evening shows are always lower rated than other nights' programming. People go out on Friday nights. They have an awesome line-up with Ghost Whisperer, Medium and Numbers. Intelligent and well-writtten dramas without the graphic nature found in the CSI programs. I hope CBS considers programming for people like me who dislike reality shows as well as programs with bloody graphics. Shouldn't a network carry programming where there is something for everyone? Yes, get rid of the lame comedies like Gary Unmarried and Accidentally On Purpose. But leave the quality programs where they belong ... on CBS.

May 03 2010 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerry Evarts

"How I met your mother" is not funny and seldom has been. It is only about twitterpating and is so boring. Who likes that junk, anyway?

May 03 2010 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will miss Cold Case. It is a unique show and I LOVE how it "flashes back" into the lives of the victim and others involved in the case.

I really hate sitcoms and reality shows. It seems to me that there are waaaaaaay too many of these and not enough good drama shows.......

May 03 2010 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Cold Case and really believe it's the best procedural out there. I liked Without a Trace too, but Cold Case is so much better. Getting to really know the victim and see the past, it's a Quantum Leap murder mystery. It doesn't hurt that Rush and Valens have awesome on-screen chemistry either. Couldn't CBS give the show a half-season or something to let it really wrap up? I'll miss seeing the victims put to rest.

May 03 2010 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Find it deplorable to keep coming up w/ supposedly "new" shows that are just
the old ones warmed up. How creative is that? Not! Dreyfus' show had initial appeal but it's just plain stupid now.
As for Gary Unmarried after they changed his occupation to a radio sports DJ the content and laugh quotient tanked. Guess a remake of Laverne & Shirley will be coming to a TV near you...

May 03 2010 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm anxiously looking forward to Hawaii Five-O and the Criminal Minds spinoff on CBS. Many of the dramas and comedies have had a long run and should be canceled to make room for highly anticipated new dramas!

May 03 2010 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The GOOD WIFE , is the best show on TV. It had better not be cancelled.With the lengthly commercials of late , it won't take much for me to forgo TV altogether.

May 03 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They can't cancel The New Adventures of Old Christine. That show is too funny! One of the best comedies on TV. Really, CBS should put it on Monday night with the other comedies. It would do great with How I met your mother, Big Bang Theory and 2 1/2 Men. Perfect. 'Accidentally on Purpose was a waste of money. I only watched on episode and was bored. YAWN!!!

May 03 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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