Already renewed for 2011-12: Castle (right), Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family and Private Practice. Also looking good for pick-up are the ancient Desperate Housewives and the still-fresh Mr. Sunshine, even though the latter has only been on the air for three weeks and the former’s stars are all now in their 60s.
Likely dead are Better With You, Brothers & Sisters, Detroit 187, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map and V. Even though ABC’s Tuesday-night lineup (No Ordinary Family, V and Detroit 187) held varying amounts of promise, not going to be sorry to see any of ’em go. And I might finally be rid of Brothers & Sisters? My half-decade passive-aggressive campaign has finally paid off.
Already gone: My Generation and The Whole Truth. They were shows. Really.
Already renewed for 2011-12: The Big Bang Theory, NCIS and Two & a Half Men (even if they have to prop up Charlie Sheen’s corpse). Likely to join them are CSI, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS: Los Angeles and, critics be damned, Rules of Engagement, the Keith Richards of CBS sitcoms.
A net flush with big hits could spell the end for Blue Bloods, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, The Defenders, The Good Wife and $#*! My Dad Says, even though any single show does higher numbers than the entire CW network combined. Yes, even that $#atner crapfest.
Already gone: Medium. Do you think Medium and the Ghost Whisperer can see one another on The Other Side?
Already renewed for 2011-12: 30 Rock. Yes, only one confirmation, but The Office, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood and Parks & Recreation are pretty much locks, as well. Community could go either way—that’s what you get for being too smart, original and streets-ahead for your own good.
Circling the drain (deservedly) are The Cape, Harry’s Law, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced. Hanging by a (mostly undeserved) thread are Chuck, The Event and Perfect Couples. Olivia Munn has appeared on two of these—coincidence?
Already gone: Chase, Friday Night Lights, Outlaw and Undercovers. With FNL wrapped, this frees up star Kyle Chandler to do that long-awaited (by me only) Early Edition movie.
Already renewed for 2011-12: American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Glee, Raising Hope and The Simpsons. Ninety-eight percent certain to follow are American Idol, America’s Most Wanted, Bones, Cops, Family Guy and House. If you can imagine a world without Family Guy … why do you hate ’Merica?
It’s not looking good for Human Target and Lie to Me; only marginally better for Bob’s Burgers and Fringe; The Chicago Code and Traffic Light, too early to say. Excluding the slowly improving Bob’s Burgers, these are all excellent shows—WTF? Maybe they just need more karaoke.
Already gone: The Good Guys, Lone Star and Running Wilde. Did you know you can find every episode of The Good Guys and Running Wilde on Hulu but not a trace of the only two Lone Stars that ever aired? True/weird.
Likely to be renewed for 2011-12: 90210, Gossip Girl, Hellcats, Nikita, One Tree Hill, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries. Nothing’s confirmed at The CW, but this is the fullest boat of respectably rated series the net has ever had (in its all-of-five-years existence). They ain’t canceling nothin’.
Well, except these: Life Unexpected and Smallville. Rumor has it that old man Clark Kent is dating at least one of the Desperate Housewives.