Amrie’s Take on TV: UpFront Preview (Part 2)

So, NBC threw out some shockers (at least FNL wasn’t cancelled. Sure, Friday at 10 is almost the kiss of death, but it’s fabulous, so yay!). With ABC set to change up their schedule and send some surprises our way, let’s see what’s coming for CBS, The CW, and FOX in the coming days!

CBS:

What do we not need to worry about?
Big Brother, Survivor – CBS isn’t big on the early renewals.

What shows are looking good for renewal, but haven’t gotten there yet?
48 Hours, 60 Minutes, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS (especially now that Bellisario stepped down), Numb3rs, Rules of Engagement (who would have thought?), Shark, Two and a Half Men (really?), Without a Trace

What shows are riding that bubble?
The Amazing Race (not so much because ratings are down, but because they might not have a spot for it on the schedule right away), The Class (I would be sad to see it go…it got better at the end), How I Met Your Mother (seriously? I can’t imagine this being gone already), Jericho (I’ll be super upset if this is gone!!!), The New Adventures of Old Christine (I’m thinking it’s between HIMYM and Christine for the comedy spot…hopefully HIMYM stays), The Unit (no bad buzz here, but it’s probably the least “on the radar” procedural.

What should we prepare to say goodbye to, officially?
Armed and Famous, Close to Home (they never should have killed off Christian Kane’s character), Gameshow Marathon, Rock Star (if you hear nothing about it, chances are they aren’t working on it)

What shows did they already can?
3 Lbs (which is a shame, because I like Stanley Tucci), The Kind of Queens, Smith, Waterfront (I gotta be honest, I don’t remember this show even starting….)

What is still to come?
Creature Comforts and Pirate Master look to be interesting shows – we’ll see how they do.

Bottom line?
CBS has too many hits to know what to do with. To even consider getting rid of HIMYM or Jericho, it’s pure insanity. The latest talks point to neither of them getting the boot, but the fact that they aren’t incredibly safe just shows that CBS is doing really well and almost doesn’t know where to go from here.


FOX:

What do we not need to worry about?
American Dad, American Idol, Bones (yay!), Family Guy, House, Prison Break, The Simpsons

What shows are looking good for renewal, but haven’t gotten there yet?
24, America’s Most Wanted, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Cops, Nanny 911, Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy

What shows are riding that bubble?
King of the Hill (I really like this show…I hope it’s saved!), ‘Til Death (I know, my jaw is on the floor at the prospect, but they think it’s a good bet with the new Patty Heaton / Kelsey Grammer show).

What should we prepare to say goodbye to, officially?
Standoff (unless the summer ratings sky rocket), The War At Home (it’s like birds are singing and bells are ringing and people dancing inside my head with excitement), The Winner (this wasn’t too bad; the ratings just haven’t really supported it), Drive (no official word on cancellation but a 2 hour block on the least watched day of TV – July 4th – pretty much spells cancellation)

What shows did they already can?
Happy Hour, Justice, The O.C., The Rich List, Vanished, Wedding Bells

What is still to come?
We’ve got Hell’s Kitchen, The Loop, One the Lot, and So You Think You Can Dance coming up this summer!

Bottom line?
FOX doesn’t have much wiggle room. They are pretty much all set. Sure, there a few new shows that they’ve invested in, but nothing too shocking should happen, come
Thursday.

The CW:

What do we not need to worry about?
Everybody Hates Chris, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll.

What shows are looking good for renewal, but haven’t gotten there yet?
America’s Next Top Model, Beauty and the Geek, The Game, Girlfriends, Smallville, Supernatural (they’re likely interested in keeping their relatively strong Thursday night lineup), WWE Smackdown

What shows are riding that bubble?
All of Us (if they cut a comedy, it’s likely this will be it), Veronica Mars (keep everything crossed that this makes it to see season 4), One Tree Hill

What should we prepare to say goodbye to, officially?
Nothing really.

What shows did they already can?
7th Heaven (and the world rejoiced), Gilmore Girls, Reba, Runaway

What is still to come?
We’ve got Hidden Palms, which looks like it could be a good guilty pleasure.

Bottom line?
The CW did not have a very good first year on the air. The shows it kept didn’t wow as much as they should have. 50% of their new shows disappeared before mid season. With the Gossip Girl pilot getting serious buzz, and the other new shows looking promising, The CW has the chance to shake things up the most.

What do you think? Are you excited for Wednesday and Thursday and the announcements still to come?

That’s it for this week. Next week, we begin a season ending wrap up – what was the best, what was the worst, what are we glad is over, what are we going to miss? Send me some feedback – what was your favorite, what was your least favorite? How do you feel that the season went? mytakeontv@thetvaddict.com

Thank, Amrie

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  • Josh

    “The latest talks point to neither of them getting the boot” That’s great news! I’ve barely heard anything at all about Jericho in the past few weeks. I’m pretty worried that it won’t make it. I’m also worried for HIMYM, but I still feel like there should be a good chance of it being renewed.

    I am excited for the Wednesday and Thursday announcements. ABC and NBC didn’t have any big bubble shows I was waiting to hear about. CBS and CW do.

  • Common Sense

    Just a thought…CBS Corp. is half of the CW ownership tandem. If CBS is so overrun with hits that it’s considering axing Christine or HIMYM from its sked, why not just move one or both to The CW? They could seriously use some solid comedies to gain some traction. That Monday lineup isn’t cutting it, period. To even think that they’d tie up three of four half-hour slots with black shows that typically pulled less than a 3-rating is ludicrous. C’mon, Moonves, be bold and give your new network some real programs with a fanbase to help it get established. Then cross-promote the shows on CBS.

  • Josh

    That’s an interesting idea. But could you imagine any current CBS shows on the CW? The only possibility I see is How I Met Your Mother, but I definitely would rather keep it on the main CBS network. It’s too good to go to the CW where it would drop a few million viewers.

  • Michael Moulton

    Everything I watch on CBS… HIMYM, The Class, Jericho, Amazing Race is on the bubble. NBC killed my Studio 60. ABC schedule just isn’t that exciting to me. And after the way Fox treated Drive I see no reason to even waste time on any new shows they come up with– they’ll just kill them anyway.

    At least a few of the new CBS shows look interesting… but it’s not looking like a good TV season coming up.

  • shanna

    Michael – I agree with you on a lot of it. I’m basically sticking to the shows I know if they are renewed and FOX is dead to me.

    CBS please renew Close to Home. Annabeth just got a really, really cute love interest.

  • Sadly, folks, it’s not looking good for Jericho. I’m hearing it’s been put out to pasture. I might start to cry!!!!

    In other good news, the trades are reporting that Supernatural is a lock for another season, as are Smallville, One Tree Hill, The Game, and Girlfriends.

    In still other shocking news, on The CW schedule that’s circulating, VM is nowhere to be found, but has yet to receive cancellation notice. Apparently, Dawn O wants to wait until after the upfronts, either to hide behind celebration the fact that they’re cancelling this show, or to see how the finale does next week. We shall soon see!

  • Thelma

    I am ready for the CW to tell me what is going to be on their fall schedule. I want Veronica Mars to be renewed really bad. Plus this roller coaster ride is getting on my nerves. Hey, even if DO wants to put it on mid-season, I would be okay with that. I just want the story to continue. What are the chances of VM being renewed at this point?