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: The CW.
Working in its favor: Much like its predecessor (90210), the built-in name recognition that comes with an iconic franchise is worth big bucks worldwide.
Working against it: Dismal ratings.
Renewal Odds: About as good a chance as Ashlee Simpson has at finding another acting gig.
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Working in its favor: A very loyal, albeit small group of super-passionate fans.
Working against it: What show on the CW doesn’t have a very loyal group of super-passionate fans?
Renewal Odds: 50/50.
Working in its favor: Aside from managing to survive a fate far worse than Kryptonite (ie. a time slot shift to Friday night), one can’t possibly ignore the amount of money SMALLVILLE has contributed (and continues to contribute) to the bottom line of CW co-owner and parent company WBTV.
Working against it: The fact that the SMALLVILLE story falls slightly outside the CW’s core-competency of really hot teenagers making generally poor decisions.
Renewal Odds: Super.
Working in its favor: Critically adored shows are new to the CW.
Working against it: Ratings that have slowly sunk beneath the two million mark since it’s highly rated premiere. Oh and a lack of Vampires doesn’t help.
Renewal Odds: As much as we’re rooting for CW to give this little-show-that-could another 13 episodes at the very least, cancellation would not be unexpected.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow when we put the FOX under the microscope. Same Bat Time, Same Bad Channel.