The Hollywood Reporter, this morning, does a fairly extensive overview of all the network shows that are on the bubble — that haven’t been picked up for another season, but have not yet been canceled, either. For fans of certain shows, it’s a depressing list.
Here’s the quick and dirty: Over on CBS, “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “The Eleventh Hour,” “Numbers” and “The Unit” are on the bubble. Odds are good that “Numbers” will return, it’s 50/50 on “Without a Trace” and “Cold Case” (one will probably return, but not the other), “The Eleventh Hour” is staring down the barrel of cancellation, and perhaps most depressing, “The Unit” is “unlikely” to return for a fifth season, which is fucking painful, as it is consistently one of the best dramas on television, and it’s found a really nice groove this season, the new opening theme song notwithstanding. The one bit of good news, however, is that CBS has asked exec-producer Shawn Ryan for a list of ideas for next season.
Over on NBC, with Jay Leno scooping up five of the hourlong slots next season (please let it be canceled after one year), the hour-long slots are harder to come by. “Heroes” has already been picked up (inexplicably), while “Chuck” doesn’t look particularly good for renewal (damnit!). “Medium” is also iffy, but has a better shot than “Chuck,” and … this hurts … “Life” is all but canceled, as is “Kath and Kim.” Why you gotta kill “Life,” people? Or “Chuck”? You nasty, quality-hating motherfuckers. Take away “Chuck,” “Life,” and “The Unit,” and I barely have anything left to watch next year. The good news: “Southland” will probably be back, and it’s a solid cop show, so far.
My hope: Jay Leno gets canceled by November and replaced with hour-long episodes of Yvonne Strahovski eating sandwiches.
Moving on: At ABC, “Cupid” is all but dead, while “Better of Ted,” “The Unusuals” and “Castle” are all iffy. I can’t see them canceling “Castle,” as it’s performed fairly well in the ratings, and I’d hate to see “Better of Ted,” go because it’s become one of the best comedies on television, after just four eps. And I’d really like to see “The Unusuals” stick around to fill the void in my heart left by the impending cancellation of “Life.”
At Fox: My apologies, but I incorrectly reported last week that “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” had been officially canceled. Clearly, my brain made that up for me, though renewal seems extremely unlikely. However, surprisingly, THR says that “Dollhouse’s” renewal odds are at 50/50, which seems kind of high.
Finally, on the CW: “Reaper” is kaput.