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How the 2013 Fall TV Season is Shaping Up

This spring, some shows are finally returning (Mad Men), while others are premiering (Hannibal, Bates Motel, How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)). But I’m more concerned with what shows are coming back to our screens this fall. 

According to TV Guide, popular shows The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, NCIS, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural are among the scripted shows renewed for the 2013-2014 season. Reality shows America’s Next Top Model, The Voice, and The X Factor have also gotten the green light.

There are tons of shows that seem poised to return, including The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, American Idol, Castle, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Dancing With the Stars, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Parks and Recreation, Law & Order: SVU, Mike & Molly, Grimm, and Shark Tank. New shows that are most likely going to get renewed include Scandal, Nashville, Chicago Fire, Elementary, and The Carrie Diaries.

There are quite a few programs at risk of getting the axe, including Body of Proof, Community, CSI: NY, Guys with Kids, Happy Endings, Hart of Dixie, Up All Night, Whitney, Rules of Engagement, The New Normal and 1600 Penn.

Frankly, I’m not too surprised by any of the lists. All of the shows that have already been or should be renewed are popular and I know still get good ratings. There aren’t any shows on the chopping block that I watch, although I have seen The New Normal and Guys with Kids a few times and found both entertaining enough, but I don’t think they pull in tons of viewers. I am not shocked to see Up All Night on the hit list, as that show has been a mess since the beginning, and thoroughly wasted the talents of Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett, and Christina Applegate. The only surprising thing about Whitney is that it was actually allowed to make it to a second season.

Are your favorite shows set to return? Are you worried that your must see TV won’t be back this fall?

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.

5 replies on “How the 2013 Fall TV Season is Shaping Up”

Nooooo, Happy Endings is so good! I knew it wasn’t getting good ratings though. I really, really like it, probably as much as I like Community (which also might be getting the axe oh god). And Hart of Dixie is super cute, I hope they can end it neatly so that if it isn’t renewed the story isn’t just left on a major cliffhanger. I am really invested in Zoe Hart’s love life and Lavon’s hat choices.

Yay for Carrie Diaries though, I’m finding it to be pretty cute. Wish they’d mix it up a little with the “Carrie has a school party on a Friday when she can see cute boy OR party in the city, WHAT WILL SHE DO?” storylines, and that Dorrit can stop the sulk-get in trouble-learn lesson-instantly forget lesson-sulk cycle. :P Still early days though, I’m sure the kinks will get worked out soon.

I think Hart of Dixie will be renewed. It’s a cheap show for them to make and it pulls in decent ratings. I love Happy Endings too but I’m not nearly as invested as I am with Zoe and Wade.

It seems like I picked right with new shows to watch this season since Chicago Fire and Nashville are poised to return. I also hope the Mindy Project gets renewed. It’s really starting to grow on me even if it isn’t as awesome as New Girl.

Oh, so many shoooooows. USA, stop with throwing dozens of new shows at me every season.

But anyway: I started with The Carrie Diaries last Sunday and it’s so effin’ cute. There is a surprise diversity, (soft-)feminism message and the music! The clothes! It’s the perfect “I have 40 minutes and no need for brain activity” show.

I watch little network tv (is that what it is called, the shows that aren’t on channels like FX or HBO?), but from the commercials I’ve seen, the cancelling list isn’t surprising.

I’m waiting for GOT, Mad Men, Newsroom, and SOA. Though, only GOT really has me excited. I think the others have seen their best days.

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