This week, the networks announced their new fall dramas with the usual hype and hoopla. But what has been forgotten in all the attention is that most of the new dramas launched last season bombed, even those that pundits thought would be mega-hits (like FLASH FORWARD).
The hour-long drama series cancelled this season include FLASH FORWARD, TRAUMA, THREE RIVERS, MIAMI MEDICAL, MERCY, THE FORGOTTEN, EASTWICK, THE DEEP END, HAPPY TOWN, PAST LIFE, MELROSE PLACE, and THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE.
In fact, not only did NBC's Leno experiment fail, but all of their new hour-long dramas tanked, too (along with such venerable dramas as HEROES and LAW AND ORDER).
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.
So don't believe all the hype you're hearing about the new crop of pilots and don't get too invested in any of the shows…because it's a safe assumption that most of'em will be gone and forgotten by this time next year.
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I’m so bummed! I was really getting into Happy Town 🙁 Guess now I should try V
I know I won’t be popular because of this, but Glee survives and The Forgotten doesn’t. Sigh.
I am really surprised that V survived but am really glad that The Human Target will return.
But isn’t that the case most seasons? Most of the new shows don’t last an entire season. It’s just the nature of TV being so competitive.
Frankly, I’m a little burned out right now from watching too much TV as it is. I’m thinking I may stay away from new shows for that reason. We’ll see what my thinking is come September, however.
EASTWICK was the one I’ll miss the most, even if it was a bit too cute.
THE GOOD WIFE has been hovering just below and occasioanlly into brilliant, by me, so I’m glad it actually has a solid audience.
But Lee, if people follow your advice and don’t get attached or follow the new shows, doesn’t that guarantee then being canceled? Instead, check them out and then follow the best.