While we at theTVaddict.com have traditionally shied away from speculative pieces on whether or not your favorite “on the bubble” shows will be coming back next season, the likes of The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap and Entertainment Weekly do not. Which is why — coupled with the lack of television news thank-you-very-much Olympic Games — we’ve decided to take the if you can’t beat ’em join ’em approach this year and present our take on which shows might soon be joining the likes of EVERWOOD and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT in that great television graveyard in the sky. Today’s focus: ABC
Working in its favor: The fact that ABC gets to swim Scrooge-McDuck-style in a vault filled with money thanks to the millions upon millions that ABC Studios has netted off SCRUBS in the lucrative syndication market.
Working against it: Thanks to the internet, syndication dollars aren’t nearly what they used to be. And as much as it pains us to say this, neither was this ill-conceived quasi spin-off.
Renewal Odds: 50/50
BETTER OFF TED
Working in its favor: Critical acclaim and a small group of really passionate fans.
Working against it: It doesn’t air on the CW, which sadly, is the only network where 2 million viewers is considered a hit.
Renewal Odds: Ted is dead.
Working in its favor: A stellar ensemble headlined by Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin.
Working against it: The insidious ABC executive who thought it would be a good idea to yank the show off the air after a four week November try-out. Not to mention, the consistent stream of production ‘breaks’ that rarely bode well for a scripted series.
Renewal Odds: Positive.
Working in its favor: A third time… errr, showrunner’s the charm, right?
Working against it: In every respect — from ratings to writing — this pricey ensemble show failed to live up to both the hype, and the marketing muscle ABC put behind it in an effort to find their next LOST.
Renewal Odds: Grim.
Working in its favor: Judging from the uptick in viewers for the show’s sophomore season, we’re not the only ones who find Nathan Fillion’s charm irresistible.
Working against it: CASTLE’s inability to hold onto as much of THE BACHELOR’s audience as ABC would have hoped for
Renewal Odds: Positive.
THE DEEP END
Working in its favor: An immensely likeable cast…
Working against it: … who unfortunately have been saddled with a poorly written run-of-the-mill legal show.
Renewal Odds: Not Happening.
Working in its favor: The network that famously turned down the original CSI and the subsequent billions that came with it are not surprisingly, a tad skittish when it comes to giving any Jerry Bruckheimer project the boot.
Working against it: As indicated by UGLY BETTY’s recently cancelation, getting your butt kicked by the failed 10PM experiment that was THE JAY LENO SHOW does not bode well for your renewal chances.
Renewal Odds: Forget about it.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow when we put the CW under the microscope. Same Bat Time, Same Bad Channel.