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 target: FOX.
Working in its favor: We’re certainly not going to be the ones to bet against Jack Bauer surviving to fight another really bad day.
Working against it: Studies have shown that Bauer kicking serious bad guy butt would look at the very least 24% cooler on the big screen.
Renewal Odds: We have a sneaking suspicion that the next time you see Jack it will cost you. Specifically $25 for a movie and some overpriced popcorn.
Working in its favor: By all accounts, Mark Valley is to FOX what Alex O’Loughlin is to CBS. In other words, the network isn’t gonna stop until they make this guy a star.
Working against it: Attracting less than 10 million viewers per week does not a star make.
Renewal Odds: 50/50.
Working in its favor: After a very shaky start to its sophomore season, FRINGE seems to have finally found its footing on one of the most competitive nights on television…
Working against it: … only to be quickly yanked off the schedule until April, which is what happens when you share a network with the unstoppable juggernaut that is AMERICAN IDOL.
Renewal Odds: Good.
Working in its favor: Lead Kelly Giddish has elevated the art of bland, blah, blonde performances to a new high.
Working against it: And by high, we mean ratings low.
Renewal Odds: Let’s just say that if ALL MY CHILDREN wants to bring Giddish’s Pine Valley alter ego back as a ghost or doppelganger, she’ll probably be available in the not-too-distant future.
Working in its favor: The fact that this so-called Brad Garrett ‘laugher’ has inexplicably managed to do what the likes of many others, including ARRESTED couldn’t: Survive to see a fourth season.
Working against it: Four seasons is all Producer Sony Pictures Television needs to sell this puppy into syndication.
Renewal Odds: RIP.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow when we put the CBS under the microscope. Same Bat Time, Same Bad Channel.