On the Bubble Spring 2009

April 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm (babbling, Entertainment, TV)

It’s pilot season here in LA, but pilot season isn’t what it used to.  Pilots are now being scattered throughout the year.  It’s bad for crews that expect lots of extra work this time of year, although good for keeping more people steadily employed through out the year.

It’s also Upfront Season.  That’s where the networks sell their fall schedules to advertisers, trying to drum up investments for the fall.  This means networks DO have to have their fall schedules fairly locked down. Locked down is not necessarily the exact day/time, but it is what shows are coming back for sure or not.  The big thing right now is for casts & crews if their show is “on the bubble.” That means their ratings aren’t quite good enough to get an early green light, so they may or may not be canceled still.

Yesterday Sam and I bought Footlong Subway Sandwiches trying to help save the “on the bubble” show Chuck.

Here’s a run-down of which Network shows are and are not on the bubble. Please be advised, network people may have inside information I do not, this is just looking at the ratings and what has already been published in places like Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

CW has already canceled Valentine and Easy Money.  CW Shows On the Bubble include Everybody Hates Chris, The Game, Privileged, and Reaper. Show’s coming back for sure are 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Supernatural, and Smallville.  The Game may come back as a dramedy, but the jury is still out.

On the bubble for ABC is In The Motherhood, Better off Ted (which has a lower rating than Pushing Daisies had before they pulled PD’s plug), The Unusual, Cupid, and… /wipes tear from her eye/ Castle. Already canceled is According to Jim, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Scrubs (although talks are in the works for this moving to another network or ABC changing their minds), Boston Legal, and Life on Mars. Safe shows are Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Brothers & Sisters and Private Practice. The probably safe two are Samantha Who? and Surviving Suburbia.

Fox isn’t announcing too much. The only ones for sure safe are: Simpsons, American Dad, 24 and Til Death. I think Fringe, House, Lie to Me, Family Guy and Bones are safe because they post high enough ratings in key demos. Final Seasons of Prison Break and King of the Hill are currently airing. Do Not Disturb is the only show officially axed already. On the bubble are: Sarah Conner Chronicles (which can go, I don’t think many people will notice/care), Dollhouse (Joss fans will be heartbroken AGAIN), and Sit Down Shut Up (which I haven’t seen anything about at all).

With NBC moving Leno to the 10pm hour, they are loosing a lot of original programming. It’s kind of sad. The only shows renewed so far are Office, Heroes, Law & Order: SVU and 30 Rock. Like I predicted, Crusoe, Lipstick Jungle and My Own Worst Enemy are all canceled. ER aired it’s final season and is also gone. Kings, Life, Knight Rider, Kath & Kim and Chuck are all on the bubble. NBC can cancel them ALL, but hopefully not CHUCK!!! (As far as I care.)

The shows that are probably safe, but still on the bubble are Law & Order, My Name is Earl, Medium, Parks & Rec, and Southland.

CBS is the hardest one to predict because they’ve released very little so far. The only 2 shows renewed/safe are The Big Bang Theory and Two and 1/2 Men. The only show canceled is The Ex List. Meaning everything is officially on the bubble. I will guess CSI, CSI Miami, Rules of Engagement, How I Met Your Mother and The Mentalist are safe.

I will try to keep you updated as more news comes out.


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