Last week, the cancellations from the new season began in
ABC announced they were ending ‘The Last Resort’ and ‘666
Park Avenue’ after their initial 13-episode runs. The cancellation of ‘The Last
Resort’ makes me sad – but I just couldn’t get in to ‘666 Park Avenue.’
CBS announced – to no one’s surprise – that the sitcom ‘Partners’
was being taken off the air effective immediately. They made the first
cancellation of the year when they dumped ‘Made in Jersey’ after two airings,
and Fox also axed ‘Animal Practice.’
This follows previous announcements that this would be the
final season for ’30 Rock,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘The Office’ and ‘Private Practice’ –
all of which were overdue to end and are also limping to their prospective
NBC’s ‘Community’ looks to be ending, too, -- although no
official announcement has been made – but Chevy Chase has already announced he’s
So, what about the other shows?
It’s not looking good for Fox’s ‘The Mob Doctor, but no
decision has been made.
A handful of new shows have been given full seasons, the
most notable are ‘Elementary,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Arrow,’ ‘Nashville,’ ‘Revolution’
and ‘Vegas.’ I’m still confused how ‘The Neighbors’ got a full season pick-up –
but I can’t think it will last into a second season.
Look for ABC to shuffle ‘Nashville’ to Sunday nights –
pairing it with ‘Revenge.’ ‘Nashville’ was the best reviewed show of the
new year but it’s not exactly lighting
up the Nielsens. Moving it out of the heavy Wednesday slot might help it – but it
might also already be too late.
There are still a bevy of shows yet to premiere this year –
with ‘The Following’ and ‘The Carrie
Diaries’ being the ones I’m most interested in checking out right now. Most of those will debut after the new year. I'll publish a list when I see firm dates.
The truth is, the two shows I’m most worried about are on
The first is TNT’s ‘Leverage’ – which is returning for its
winter run on Tuesday. I love ‘Leverage,’ but TNT usually announces the next
season pickup before the winter episodes. I’m worried that the fact they haven’t
done that yet means the show isn’t going to get a pick-up.
I think that would be a mistake on TNT’s part – especially given
the popularity of the show – but I’m not in charge and I don’t make the
decisions. As a compromise, I hope they give the show one final season – which would
be season six -- so they can wrap things up right.
The other cable show I’m worried about is USA’s ‘Psych.’
That show has had its premiere date continuously shuffled -- now the seventh
season will premiere on Feb. 27, 2013. ‘Psych’ is USA’s longest running show –
and it absolutely gets no love. Instead USA props crap like ‘Royal Pains’ and ‘Necessary
‘Psych’ has a loyal audience – and it’s going to celebrate
its 100th episode this season – so USA should try and show it some
love. I want the show runners to have proper notice – so they can craft a solid
ending to the show. USA owes them that.
USA also announced a couple of weeks ago that they were canning
freshman series ‘Common Law.’ I liked ‘Common Law’ – but I didn’t love it.
Still, I think they should have tried shifting it from Friday’s. It’s like USA
wanted to kill it.
What do you think? What shows are you worried about? Which
ones are you glad they cancelled?