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by Patrick Murphy
This past Sunday, ABC’s “Pan Am” took its final flight before succumbing to the its inevitable nosedive induced by mediocre ratings, despite a strong cast. So what other shows will fall victim?
For many shows, their fate is already written. “Body of Proof” (ABC), “A Gifted Man” (CBS) and “Harry’s Law” (NBC) are all certain to be cancelled. Even big-name celebrities couldn’t save these shows. Chelsea Handler’s try at a sitcom in “Are You There, Chelsea?” (NBC) flopped in the ratings, and the plug almost certain to be pulled. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s much-hyped return to TV also fell short in “Ringer” (CW). Another of the CW’s female-led shows, “Hart of Dixie,” which stars Rachel Bilson, is also likely to bite the dust.
Perhaps more interesting are the shows deemed “on the bubble.” Oftentimes it is easy to decide if a show will be renewed or trashed, but a certain “no man’s land” always exists. This year, it is largely inhabited by the fledgling CW and Fox networks, though even a few veteran shows could be cut.
The CW is probably the network in the most hot water right now, with nearly its entire lineup having the possibility of being eviscerated. “Vampire Diaries” continues to do well and will almost certainly be renewed, but all other shows right now are fair game. Currently, “90210,” “Nikita,” “The Secret Circle,” “Gossip Girl” and even “Supernatural” are all in the hot seat.
Fox has struggled to find an audience for its “Lost”-esque Jurassic thriller “Terra Nova.” Another Fox show that received much attention but only so-so ratings is “Alcatraz,” which actually stars former “Lost” actor Jorge Garcia.
It’s no surprise to see many newer shows on the cancellation bubble, but there are also quite a few seasoned shows on the chopping block. CBS’ “CSI: NY” could be the first of the crime franchise to go off the air. “The Good Wife” (also CBS) has earned much critical acclaim, but is still a toss-up at this point. And of course, while “Community” (NBC) fans are diehard, it is no secret that the show has struggled with ratings.
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