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New Fall Shows on the Chopping Block

The fall television season is barely underway, and TV Guide is already reporting that quite a few new shows could end up on the chopping block. Some I’ve watched, some I haven’t, and some I’ve never even heard of before.

666 Park Avenue should be pulling in decent ratings, thanks to having Revenge as a lead-in. However, lots of viewers are changing the channel, and numbers are steadily decreasing. I watched it a few times, and while I like the actors (Vanessa Williams, Terry O’Quinn, Dave Annable, and Rachael Taylor) and the show is suspenseful, I don’t know how long the premise of having the devil as your landlord can last. I think if it can just keep more Revenge watchers around, it should make it to a full season.

Partners stars Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, and Sophia Bush, and comes to us from the creators of Will & Grace. The show’s set-up sounds like something we can all relate to in one way or another ““ two best friends have to learn to deal with one’s engagement (who hasn’t experienced that once you hit your twenties?). Although the numbers are decent, they aren’t as good as the rest of CBS’s Monday night line-up (How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, and 2 Broke Girls), which is making the network a bit hesitant. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one was kept, but possibly moved to a different night.

Chicago Fire has Dick Wolf of Law & Order fame behind it, but, according to TV Guide, came in last in its time slot. Reviews aren’t that good for this procedural drama, and despite heavy advertising ““ seriously, I heard ads for it on the radio all last week ““ people just don’t seem to be tuning in. Law & Order: SVU is on beforehand, and some viewers just might feel too fatigued to watch two hour-long dramas in a row.

I saw one episode of Guys With Kids, and while it wasn’t the worst show I’ve seen recently (that would be Whitney), it felt very predictable and bland. The jokes were easy, and I found myself not getting invested in the characters at all. If this one makes it, it will only be because Jimmy Fallon is executive producer.

Other shows on the list include The Mob Doctor (which just sounds stupid), Nashville, The Neighbors, Emily Owens, M.D., and Last Resort. Are you a fan of any of these shows on the bubble? Do you think they’ll make it to another season?


By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

6 replies on “New Fall Shows on the Chopping Block”

I only watch Last Resort because my dad does and while I’m web surfing and reading news articles, so that says plenty about how I feel about that show. Everything else I watch has been on the air for at least 2 seasons. The trailer for Mob Doc looked interesting but I’d actually forgotten it existed until I read this article!

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