I did this last year, so I thought I’d do it again today…
It’s time for a look at all those shows that are still considered “on the bubble”, and to take a look at their chances of seeing another season (or at least half a season). Please note that this is a status update. Things could always change in the next few weeks.
The network has mainly two shows on the bubble. “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, which is pretty much gone and “Dollhouse”. The latter currently stands a 50/50 chance of coming back. Ratings are not stellar, but the DVR numbers are still strong.
“Fringe” and “Lie To Me” are currently on the “expected to come back” side.
“Sit Down, Shut Up” started pretty low, and is probably already in danger of not even surviving the rest of this season.
“Chuck”, which is NBC’s most prominent bubble contender, has improved its numbers a bit, but it’s still nothing to write home about. With Jay Leno taking over the 10 PM slot, the network has to reduce its number of shows, and with “Southland” starting strong, “Chuck”‘s chances are getting slimmer. “Medium” has a bit of a better chance at another season, but will have to change timeslot, while “Life” and “Kath & Kim” are pretty much over and out.
“Law & Order” is currently expected back for season 20.
“My Name Is Earl” doesn’t pull great numbers, but NBC could use a strong comedy to open up Thursday, so don’t write it off just yet.
The Alphabet has not landed all-too-big numbers with its midseason shows. “Cupid” is probably not coming back, but comedy “Better Off Ted” and crime drama “Castle” both have intact chances of getting another season. “The Unusuals” gets an extra episode tomorrow night, and its numbers, along with the Wednesday episode that will follow will surely play a part in the decision making.
“Scrubs” was expected to end this year, but ABC is currently looking at options to bring it back, with Zach Braff appearing in some episodes.
“The Mentalist”, the entire “CSI” franchise, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS” are pretty much sealed for next season, with “Ghost Whisperer” and “Numb3rs” having good chances as well. “How I Met Your Mother” is also having a good chance of coming back.
“The Unit” is another story. It was considered a long shot for renewal, but creator Shawn Ryan is currently pitching a fifth season to the network. “Eleventh Hour” has not been entirely written off, but its chances for renewal are slim.
Of “Cold Case” and “Without A Trace”, it is currently expected that only one of them will survive. Personally, I think “Trace” has the better chance.
“Reaper” is dead, which puts freshman drama “Privileged” in a slightly better position. It’s currently eyed for a midseason order.
If you have questions, please post them below, and I will try to answer the best I can.
(Information gathered from The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today)