Fox and CW Shows On the Bubble
by Allison Waldman, posted May 4th 2010 4:03PM
When considering the future of some shows on Fox and the CW, in the case of the former, there are only a couple of programs on the fence. Fox, overall, has had a strong year highlighted by the success of 'Glee,' which trumps nearly any disappointment execs might have over already cancelled shows like 'Sons of Tucson' or 'Past Life.'
On the other hand, the CW has a few hours teetering on the brink amid some solid, if not spectacular, already renewed shows like 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Supernatural.' To check the threat assessment for the Fox and CW programs on the bubble, read on:
1. 'Human Target' The fact that '24' will not be coming back for a ninth year makes it likely that 'Human Target' will. Fox has something good with this show and given how they cultivated 'Fringe' after one season, it's logical that 'Human Target' will get the same opportunity. Bob made a good argument for why it should be back. Then there's this comment from Fox president Kevin Reilly, that this is a show he'd "like to bring back next year." If he feels that way, it's probably going to happen.
2. 'Lie To Me' In the same interview, Reilly told The Hollywood Reporter, "I already see that being a player next fall." That sounds like a major 'yes' vote to me. 'Lie to Me' also has fresh episodes to air between now and the fall, so it could pick up momentum -- and viewers -- before a relaunch in the new season. At the very least, 'Lie to Me' should get a mid-season nod.
1. 'Life Unexpected' Good notices and positive buzz could get a second season renewal for 'Life Unexpected.' Show creator Liz Tigelaar was cautiously optimistic when interviewed by SpoilerTV, saying, "Confident is too strong a word, but I feel positive about it. I don't mean that in competition with anybody else. I know there's a lot of speculation that either we're going to get picked up, or 'One Tree Hill' is, and maybe that's true. I think a lot of shows should get picked up. Ratings-wise, we seem on par, but there are so many factors that go into it."
2. 'One Tree Hill' Around since 2003, this may be the last of 'One Tree Hill,' even though the ratings are on par with CW's other shows. There is a back up possibility for the show; It could go to SOAPNet if the CW were to cancel it.
3. 'Melrose Place' This has never caught the buzz of the original 'Melrose Place,' even when they brought on members from the original cast, like Heather Locklear. According to SpoilerTV, "don't expect it back." We don't.