TV Bubble Watch 2012: We Irresponsibly Speculate On Which of Your Favorite CW Shows Will Live to See Another Season

With the Network’s traditional May UpFronts just around the corner, thought now might be as good a time as any to take a closer look at the potential fates of your favorite shows.

You Take the Good: Despite lacking its timeslot lead-ins penchant for generating buzzy tabloid headlines, ratings for this throwback series continue to outperform GOSSIP GIRL, not to mention much of the Network’s primetime schedule. Also working it HART OF DIXIE’s favor, WIlson Bethel has break-out star written all over him.
You Take the Bad: In the same way in which LIFE UNEXPECTED was unceremoniously handed its walking papers, HART OF DIXIE’s achilles heel remains its lack of built-in-brand name (Think: 90210, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) that might better translate to big sales overseas.
You Take Them Both and There You Have… Our Prediction: Since newly-appointed Network President Mark Pedowitz most certainly would like to avoid seeing the entirety of his first primetime lineup deemed a colossal failure, we’re fairly confident in a HART OF DIXIE second season renewal.

You Take the Good: Since solid storytelling and impressive action sequences have very little to do with the bottom line, working in NIKITA’s favor most is a bankable star in Maggie Q whose fan base translates across the globe.
You Take the Bad: Ratings aside, the biggest threat to Nikita’s survival isn’t so much Percy or Gogol but rather the enemy from within. Translation… the Network’s ambitious slate of pilots that includes action-packed reboots and re-imaginations like the CW’s Green Arrow (ARROW), a Hunger Games rip-off (THE SELECTION) and the Kristin Kreuk top-lined take on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
You Take Them Both and There You Have… Our Prediction: R.I.P. NIKITA.

You Take the Good: A talented and easy-on-the-eyes ensemble led by the very marketable Sarah Michelle Gellar.
You Take the Bad: Based on the show’s dismal ratings, a talented and easy-on-the-eyes ensemble led by the very marketable Sarah Michelle Gellar didn’t quite connect with a CW audience weaned on the likes of GOSSIP GIRL and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.
You Take Them Both and There You Have… Our Prediction: This ambitious attempt by the CW to think different is the reason their 2012 development pipeline is filled with sure things such as THE CARRIE DIARIES. It’s also the reason RINGER won’t be around come Fall.

You Take the Good: It’s hard to argue with any show that provides a weekly fix of Gale Harold.
You Take the Bad: Even the immensely watchable Gale Harold wasn’t enough to keep us tuning into what turned out to be a serious snooze of a series.
You Take Them Both and There You Have… Our Prediction: After failing to capitalize in The CW’s most high profile timeslot by consistently hemorrhaging half its VAMPIRE DIARIES lead-in, you can pretty much stick a stake in THE SECRET CIRCLE.

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  • I really hope you are right. I need a Hart of Dixie season 2. It is my favorite new show of the season. Do you all have a good track record of predicting which shows will be renewed or cancelled?

  • Anonymous

    I really hope HoD survives. I couldn’t stand not seeing Wade’s face on a regular basis.

  • Secret Circle is pretty awful, but I actually doubt that it will get slashed. I think they’re hoping that the supernatural fans (aka, the Vampire Diaries fans) will stick with it for another season. I have nothing to back this up, just a gut feeling, but I think we’re stuck with that silly circle for at least another season.

  • Unfortuantely NIKITA’s performance on screen has very little to do with whether or not it comes back or not.

  • I could have put “either way” but I wanted to give an actual yay or nay. That said, if it does return, it will most likely be paired with SUPERNATURAL on Friday.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly (since I watch all 4), your predictions NEED to happen….only because the ratings have not justified another season, and The CW has 8 fall pilots which could ALL easily make the schedule and be an upgrade.  Frankly, Hart of Dixie has nowhere to go, plotwise, and should also be axed.   

    Top Model–above ALL–needs to go, but I fear the ad $ from CoverGirl is keeping the dead franchise on the air, a move that Pedowitz will undoubtedly regret.  It really needs to air ONCE a year during the summer–when people might actually care about such fluff.  It’s no longer a primetime asset.

  • Liz

    You’re probably right about Nikita.  I was watching on Space because I don’t get the CW.  But it seems to have disappeared because I have never actually seen it scheduled recently.  I’ve missed about 5 episodes now.  Bad sign.

    The secret circle I could see being renewed.  But yes, could go either way.  To me this depends on how many of those pilots turn out well and how much buzz is generated about them in the next couple of weeks.

    Hart of Dixie could definitely be renewed.  It’s a little different than the other shows, and rating decently.  I think it will get another go.

  • Without Nikita’s and its rapid fanbase the CW will be dead.You think Nikita viewers dont watch other CW shows i can tell you this if Nikita gets cancelled the CW will be dead because the critics will shake their heads at them and so will people who enjoy intelligent shows. And Nikita fans will boycott the CW in a heartbeat

  • Anonymous

    Dude, if the Nikita fanbase is so “rapid” (ha ha), why is it one of the lowest-rated shows on CW?  It’s not the Friday slot, either; it aired on Thur. last year.

    For instance, this past Friday’s new episode…the highest demo rating for A18-34 or A18-49 for Nikita was a .8.  That’s less than a 1-rating, my friend.  As well-produced as the show is, like Veronica Mars, there is a very small niche audience…and it’s an expensive show, obviously.  Boycott?  You’re wasting your time.  Just face the realities of a 200-channel universe.

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  •  I really hope HoD survives. I couldn’t stand not seeing Wade’s face on a regular basis.

  • Tvline just upgraded Nikita to safe bet yesterday.Ausiello must know something so its obviously coming back.And he is pretty reliable when it comes to these things