Mr. TV: Decisions, Decisions


To renew, or not to renew, that is the burning question as the broadcast networks set up their blueprints for the new fall prime time.

Unlike recent years, there’s been an abundance of early renewals, including nine of the 22 fall starters: ABC’s Modern Family, The Middle and Cougar Town; CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife; NBC’s Community; Fox’s Glee and The Cleveland Show; and The Vampire Diaries on The CW.

Low-rated Community is coming back, no doubt, because NBC has a ton of other problems to worry about. And ABC may want to rethink keeping Cougar Town alive given its growing erosion out of Modern Family. But there are countless other decisions the nets need to make that the never shy Mr. TV would like to weigh in on.

Beginning with CBS, results for the comedies on Wednesday continue to wane, and the network needs to make a decision on three of its occupants: The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried and recently relocated Accidentally on Purpose. Sadly, Gary lost steam at a time when it needed to flex some muscle, and replacement Accidentally on Purpose is no improvement. CBS should keep only Old Christine. The sitcom is heading into off-net syndication next fall and could use the added promotion.

Two dramas not expected back on CBS are Cold Case and Numb3rs, but the network may also want to consider cutting its ties with either Ghost Whisperer or Medium. While the two fit like a glove anchoring Friday, ratings have fallen, and the network could use something new to rejuvenate the evening. My pick to go is Ghost Whisperer.

Corporate cousin The CW was quick to hand out renewals to Gossip Girl, 90210, America’s Next Top Model, Supernatural, Smallville and aforementioned The Vampire Diaries. We all know that the struggling revival of Melrose Place is a goner (as should be lead-in 90210). So that leaves scripted dramas One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected. The early watercooler buzz for Life Unexpected makes it the better pick. After seven modest seasons, it is time to officially bid adieu to One Tree Hill.

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