It’s that time of the year again when networks have to start making some tough decisions and clearing the decks ahead of the upcoming Fall season. But what shows will survive and which are heading for the chopping block?
With the ax looming over several shows on each network I thought it would be a great time to launch our new strand, Keep Or Cancel, analyzing each show’s chances of survival for the Fall season.
First up – ABC, the increasingly troubled network which has endured a pretty rocky season so far.
Okay – so we’re two weeks into the 2010 TV season and already a few early trends are becoming apparent. Two shows have already been canned (Lone Star and My Generation), many more are struggling, and it’s returning shows that are making all the headlines and getting all the buzz (Glee, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory and even Desperate Housewives).
Am I surprised… not really! I had a feeling the new season’s batch of newcomers were going to struggle based on the early glimpses I got over the summer. Big on gloss but low on ideas there just seemed to be too many cookie cutter shows… and you know – not everyone wants to watch CBS!
So here’s a few early lessons we can all learn from the season so far… enjoy – and don’t forget to weigh in with your own thoughts below!
Wow! This is turning into a very interesting TV week – as the big networks launch a non-stop volley of new shows at viewers – and either win big (Glee, Moderm Family) or fall hard (The Whole Truth)
Three days into the new TV year and the biggest blowout of the season so far has to be Lone Star, Fox’s Monday night drama which found itself utterly crushed by the combination of Dancing With The Stars, The Event and CBS’s comedy block. Lone Star managed just 4.06 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 share. Those are truly pitiful numbers, and the latter figure is barely above the CW average. Ouch!
Already speculation is rife as to when Fox will yank the show – with a rumor (now debunked) going round today that the series wouldn’t even air another episode. The problem for Fox is that it has few options to replace the flailing show – Lie To Me, Human Target and The Good Guys hardly fare better themselves… oh if only they hadn’t cancelled 24, king of the Monday at 9pm slot!
Seems like it wasn’t just Top Model having some trouble on the ratings front last night…
Yep, yesterday evening FX unveiled their latest drama series Terriers, starring Donal Logue (Grounded For Life) and Michael Raymond-James (Rene from True Blood) as a pair of rogues running an unlicensed private investigation agency.
Now normally I’d write about a show like this as part of my Coming Soon previews, but honestly, after watching the trailer for the series a few days ago I just couldn’t summon up the energy. Everything about the show seemed unoriginal and uninspired and the 90-second trailer bored me to tears…I can’t imagine actually watching the show!