Everything Got Canceled


As the networks tell us how wonderful their new fall pickups are going to be, Lee Goldberg looks at what happened to the last crop of fall dramas:

The only new dramas that have survived the primetime bloodbath are THE GOOD WIFE, THE HUMAN TARGET, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, LIFE UNEXPECTED, GLEE, VAMPIRE DIARIES and V.

There’s at least midseason replacement show that also survived (Parenthood), but the point is just that, as always the flops outnumber the shows that survive, and far outnumber the big hits. The same is likely to happen this year, because it happens every year. And there will be plenty of high-concept shows with much-hyped pilots that crash two weeks after that pilot airs.

Of the dramas that survived, two are on the CW where the standards for survival are somewhat less (though Melrose Place and others couldn’t even meet those standards), so that leaves the big four networks with about half-a-dozen new dramas that didn’t flop.

On the bright side, of the surviving dramas, only two are outright dull — NCIS: LA and V. Considering how hard it is to produce a decent show, six or seven watchable new hour-long dramas isn’t that bad a crop.

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  1. I coulda sworn V was going to get cancelled. Don't get wrong, I follow it, but the plot is pretty played out and uninteresting and while it really looks like the actors are trying, they're either failing or the director is. Some nice points about the influence of the media and the failings of the court of public opinion, but watching Fox News followed by anyone making fun of Fox News and its listeners provides the same thing, but with a few laughs in place of the shallow "emotional" scenes. Pretty weak for the closest this season has had to offer in terms of mainstream Sci Fi.

    Oh, and an obligatory "and yet, they cancelled Firefly" quip, followed by several paragraphs of nerdrage which I'm too lazy to write.

    • Agree about V. The acting is a colossal disappointment. I've been following as well out of nostalgia for the old series but may have to give up soon if it doesn't improve.

  2. Man, Jaime, you're so right. US network TV today is the execs flying by the seat of their pants … there's no real creativity or competence behind any of the programming decisions anymore. They cancel perfectly good shows and keep garbage around (Survivor comes to mind, a garbage show that in the US hasn't made it into the Top 10 for a couple of years, while Canadians are still dumb enough to bring it up into the Top 3 almost every week).

  3. What's with the NCIS: LA hate? I'm actually enjoying it more than NCIS these days. Though I will agree that V has been dull at times, but nowhere near as dull as FlashForward was.

    Actually, I think the real bloodbath was in established shows. Cold Case, Numb3rs, Ghost Whisperer, Old Christine, Heroes, Law & Order….

    This was a real Roman legion style decimation.

  4. I would have started a letter campaign had they cancelled Parenthood.

  5. Thank God for Life Unexpected. It should have been absolutely unfair to have it cancelled.
    It’s way better than all the crap the CW has on air.

  6. Why they canned Law & Order but keep the SVU spin-off is beyond me.
    Regular L&O is just fine, SVU is so awful I'm positive I ain't going to try to rape anyone any time soon!

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