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morlock with a day pass
05-08-2010, 01:05 AM
Is Your Favorite Show in Danger?
By Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant
Mon May 3, 12:29 PM PDT

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv.tvguide.com/tv.tvguide.com-your-favorite-show-danger

The new fall TV season means plenty of promising new shows — and canceling struggling old ones to make room. As the networks roll out new programs this month at their upfront presentations to advertisers, here's our list of 13 at-risk shows. Many have posted significant ratings declines. Others are expensive to produce, getting old, or just aren't performing as well as their time-slot rivals. Read about the issues each faces and then weigh in on which shows deserve to stay — or go.

Caprica (Fridays at 9/8c, Syfy)
Issues: The heir apparent to Battlestar Galactica hasn't performed at nearly the same level, averaging just 1.1 million viewers over its first nine episodes. (The second half of its first season will air some time later this year). More bad news: Stargate Universe: SGU, its closest relative at the network in subject matter and ratings, has already been renewed for a second season.

Cold Case (Sundays at 10/9c, CBS)
Issues: Although the show pulls in a fairly steady average of 10 million viewers each week, it consistently underperforms in the desirable 18-to-49-year-olds demo. High production costs and the fact that CBS almost canceled it last year make another renewal unlikely.

FlashForward (Thursdays at 8/7c, ABC)
Issues: The show's intriguing concept has failed to deliver much in the way of genuine revelation, which may account for the show's plummeting ratings. Its most recent episode only attracted 5.1 million viewers. The producers' room has a revolving door on it lately, a sign that the show might not be around much longer.

Heroes (Mondays at 9/8c, NBC)
Issues: Season 4 saw this one-time ratings powerhouse hit new lows nearly every week, averaging between 4 million and 5 million viewers an episode. The show is a moneymaker on DVD and in international markets, however, so there's buzz about a truncated fifth season to close the series out.

Human Target (Wednesdays, 8/7c, Fox)
Issues: Male viewers haven't flocked to this graphic novel-based action series in the numbers Fox hoped for, but the show is still winning its time slot, albeit one of the week's least competitive.

Life Unexpected (Mondays at 8/7c, CW)
Issues: Critics love the show, but viewers are more lukewarm. The CW has announced several early renewals (90210, Gossip Girl, Smallville, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries), but the list conspicuously did not include this midseason addition.

Medium (Fridays at 9/8c, CBS)
Issues: The former NBC drama has been a nice fit in CBS' Friday lineup and consistently wins its timeslot, but after six years, Medium has become pretty expensive. It's not in as dire a position as Cold Case, however, and its survival will likely depend on the strength of CBS' development slate.

Melrose Place (Wednesdays at 9/8c, CW)
Issues: The network ordered up a creative change in direction in the fall that included casting changes, a new showrunner and more Heather Locklear. Thus far, the ratings haven't improved, and it was also left off CW's early-renewals list. Jessica Lucas recently signed on to the NBC pilot Friends with Benefits, which certainly isn't a good sign.

Mercy (Wednesdays at 8/7c, NBC)
Issues: Though it does well with a female demo, it's not a young female demo. Its last new episode attracted 5.5 million viewers, which wasn't enough to win its time slot. A three-week hiatus this month may have hurt its momentum.

Numb3rs (Fridays at 10/9c, CBS)
Issues: The show's episode order was chopped drastically to make way for newcomer Miami Medical. Creatively, the show's season finale felt like a good-bye, and series star David Krumholtz has already landed a gig in Ron Howard's IRS comedy pilot at Fox.

One Tree Hill (Mondays at 8/7c, CW)
Issues: After losing a chunk of its cast this season, the series is showing serious signs of age. However, its average audience of 2.3 million viewers is more devoted than those of other CW shows (including Melrose Place and 90210.)

Trauma (Mondays at 9/8c, NBC)
Issues: This expensive, action-heavy drama has kind of already been canceled once. In October, NBC announced that it would not be ordering any new episodes past the original 13. When the network's late-night schedule imploded, Jay Leno's departure from prime time freed up real estate, and NBC ordered seven more episodes. With its ratings on the decline this spring after a three-month hiatus, the order was cut back to 18; the final episode aired April 26. And that's probably final.

V (Tuesdays at 10/9c, ABC)
Issues: The show's Olympics-mandated hiatus seems to have hurt its momentum. Though critics like the show's new episodes, it's getting killed by The Good Wife in its timeslot. Lately, NBC's Parenthood is beating it as well.

Have your favorites made the cut? See the list below and check back often for the latest renewal/cancellation news:

RENEWED

30 Rock (NBC)
90210 (CW)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Dad (Fox)
America's Next Top Model (CW)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Bones (Fox)
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Castle (ABC)
The Cleveland Show (Fox)
Community (NBC)
Cougar Town (ABC)
Family Guy (Fox)
Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Fringe (Fox)
Glee (Fox)
Gossip Girl (CW)
The Good Wife (CBS)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
The Middle (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
The Office (NBC)
Parenthood (NBC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Smallville (CW)
Supernatural (CW)
Survivor (CBS)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
The Vampire Diaries (CW)

LOOKING GOOD

Accidentally on Purpose (CBS)
American Idol (Fox)
The Bachelor (ABC)
The Biggest Loser (NBC)
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
Chuck (NBC)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
CSI: Miami (CBS)
CSI: NY (CBS)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Gary Unmarried (CBS)
Ghost Whisperer (CBS)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
House (Fox)
Human Target (Fox)
Law & Order (NBC)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Lie to Me (Fox)
Medium (CBS)
The Mentalist (CBS)
NCIS (CBS)
New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
One Tree Hill (CW)
Private Practice (ABC)
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
V (ABC)

NOT LOOKING SO GOOD

Better Off Ted (ABC)
Cold Case (CBS)
The Deep End (ABC)
FlashForward (ABC)
The Forgotten (ABC)
Heroes (NBC)
Life Unexpected (CW)
Melrose Place (CW)
Mercy (NBC)
Miami Medical (CBS)
Numb3rs (CBS)
Trauma (NBC)

CANCELED/ENDING

24 (Fox)
The Beautiful Life: TBL (CW)
Brothers (Fox)
Dollhouse (Fox)
Eastwick (ABC)
Hank (ABC)
Lost (ABC)
Past Life (Fox)
Scrubs (ABC)
Sons of Tucson (Fox)
Three Rivers (CBS)
'Til Death (Fox)
Ugly Betty (ABC)

CapnChaos
05-08-2010, 01:53 AM
Happy to see Chuck on the "likely" list. The first 13 were excellent (if not quite up to last year) but the last couple have been fantastic and make me want to see a lot more of the new direction.

Also hope that Human Target gets a renewal. It's a heck of a fun show.

My mom definitely wants Medium back. It's the first show she's followed every week since Quantum Leap (!).

Michael-Deery
05-08-2010, 02:41 AM
I'm just glad How I Met Your Mother is back. It's really the only show I follow week to week.

I also hope Chuck comes back.

Bedlam66
05-08-2010, 03:04 AM
Happy to see Chuck on the "likely" list. The first 13 were excellent (if not quite up to last year) but the last couple have been fantastic and make me want to see a lot more of the new direction.

Also hope that Human Target gets a renewal. It's a heck of a fun show.

My mom definitely wants Medium back. It's the first show she's followed every week since Quantum Leap (!).
LOL yea same here my mom LOVES Medium and Ghost Whisperer.

Jef UK
05-08-2010, 04:04 AM
Sorta surprised to see Ugly Betty on the chopping block, given how much buzz it had a couple of years ago.

Bandit Chimera
05-08-2010, 04:11 AM
So the new scrubs already got the shit can ? bummer I actually enjoyed it and was hoping for a ending for the new characters eventually.

As for Caprica it isn't nearly as good as BSG and honestly I'd rather watch the new stargate over it any day so I won't miss that show.

Bummer to hear about Heros though I thought this season was the best since season 1

All I want out of tv is fables and walking dead... At least I'm getting one of those shows this year.

stephenp01
05-08-2010, 04:24 AM
Human Target is one of my favorite shows to premiere this season, I'd love to see them pair it Fringe next season if HT is picked up.

BronxRonin
05-08-2010, 05:05 AM
V sucks so far...boring.
They need to be better than the original and they're not.IMHO.

JustJames
05-08-2010, 07:00 AM
Really hope Human Target makes it and I'm surprised life unexpected isn't looking so good, I really enjoy it and it was getting great critic love. I’m also glad Accidentally on Purpose is looking good, I didn’t think it would make it but I’ve really enjoyed it. Sucks about Scrubs, I felt like it was finally finding itself in the end there. Everything else is right where I knew it would be...oh except for The Deep End, that was kind of a guilty pleasure I didn't expect to leave so fast.

- JJ

Butler
05-08-2010, 07:35 AM
Castle, House and Chuck are the three shows I care about. I'm surprised House hasnt had early renewal? And finger's crossed for Chuck.

Cradleman
05-08-2010, 07:47 AM
the few tv shows that i watch regularly on network tv (Bones, Family Guy, American Dad, and the Cleveland Show) as well as my two cable shows(Psych and White Collar) have all been renewed. the only show in trouble that i'd really like to see a good ending to is Heroes. It can be ten episodes for all i care, i just want to see it get a proper sendoff, and one worthy of its first season.

Ray G.
05-08-2010, 09:08 AM
I think it's basically FlashForward vs. V and One Tree Hill vs. Life Unexpected for the renewals. One of each will get in.

I think the CW will wind up going with Life Unexpected. A modest performer, but they can probably get more years out of it than the walking corpse that is One Tree Hill.

NickT
05-08-2010, 09:17 AM
Bummer to hear about Heros though I thought this season was the best since season 1
Yeah, it was really strong this year IMO. I'm glad it'd at least get a truncated run, but my worry is that the big problem with the truncated S2 was how many characters and stories they tried to cram into a low number of episodes.

Foolish Mortal
05-08-2010, 09:27 AM
How Til Death lasted as long as it did baffles me.

Ben
05-08-2010, 09:36 AM
They cancelled Lost?! WTF!!

Dreaded Anomaly
05-08-2010, 11:03 AM
What I'm watching:


Caprica (Fridays at 9/8c, Syfy)
Issues: The heir apparent to Battlestar Galactica hasn't performed at nearly the same level, averaging just 1.1 million viewers over its first nine episodes. (The second half of its first season will air some time later this year). More bad news: Stargate Universe: SGU, its closest relative at the network in subject matter and ratings, has already been renewed for a second season.

V (Tuesdays at 10/9c, ABC)
Issues: The show's Olympics-mandated hiatus seems to have hurt its momentum. Though critics like the show's new episodes, it's getting killed by The Good Wife in its timeslot. Lately, NBC's Parenthood is beating it as well.

Have your favorites made the cut? See the list below and check back often for the latest renewal/cancellation news:

RENEWED

30 Rock (NBC)
Bones (Fox)
Community (NBC)
Fringe (Fox)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)

LOOKING GOOD

House (Fox)
V (ABC)

NOT LOOKING SO GOOD

The Deep End (ABC)

CANCELED/ENDING

Dollhouse (Fox)
Lost (ABC)

If I had to pick between Caprica and V, it would definitely be Caprica. V has been good, but Caprica is on a whole different level.

It really is impressive how many great comedies there are on TV right now.

JustJames
05-08-2010, 11:19 AM
Yeah it has been comedy gold this season!

Here is what I am watching/watched,

RENEWED

30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Castle (ABC)
Community (NBC)
Family Guy (Fox)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Modern Family (ABC)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
The Office (NBC)
Parenthood (NBC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Smallville (CW)
Supernatural (CW)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)

LOOKING GOOD

Accidentally on Purpose (CBS)
Chuck (NBC)
Human Target (Fox)
NCIS (CBS)

One Tree Hill (CW) (started watching this season and didn't like it so the show ended with last season for me)
V (ABC) (Haven't watched it yet but it's on my DVR)

NOT LOOKING SO GOOD

Better Off Ted (ABC)
The Deep End (ABC)
FlashForward (ABC) (stopped watching about halfway through was going to do dvd if it stuck around)
The Forgotten (ABC) (gave up after it got canned)
Heroes (NBC)
Life Unexpected (CW)

CANCELED/ENDING

24 (Fox) (haven't watched this season yet waiting for DVD)
Dollhouse (Fox)
Lost (ABC)
Scrubs (ABC)
Sons of Tucson (Fox) (not sad to see it go, was pretty lame)

DVD

Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Fringe (Fox)
House (Fox)
The Mentalist (CBS)

- JJ

MayorMitch100
05-08-2010, 12:27 PM
I still haven't seen all the episodes of Caprica but I eventually will get around to doing it.

I want to see more FlashForward but I wouldn't be destroyed if it got canceled.

V I need to get around to watching again, it's been pretty boring though.

Good to see all the sitcoms I watch are coming back.

Really happy to see Parenthood get picked up for another season, been pretty decent so far.

Chuck has been in this situation before and has pulled through, I have no doubt in my mind it will be coming back.

House and Human Target are good, so they should be coming back.

What??!?!?!? When did LOST and 24 get canceled???!?!?!??!?!!?

JoeE
05-08-2010, 12:53 PM
Man, it sucks that they didn't renew Better Off Ted, even if the show was a ratings disaster.

Foolish Mortal
05-08-2010, 02:44 PM
What??!?!?!? When did LOST and 24 get canceled???!?!?!??!?!!?
Lost didn't get canceled. But this is the final season so it goes in the canceled/ending list.

Fox announced they were not renewing 24 a three weeks ago.

Supreme Convoy
05-08-2010, 03:02 PM
I figured One Tree Hill would end this season.