After an abysmal showing in 2006 (aided by the fact that I watch very little television that is not Disney Channel based these days), I have no business making predictions this year. You would probably be served better by Miss Zoot or Wendy, people that seem to know what is what in the TV world.
But that has never stopped me before, and it won’t now. After all, it is all for fun… right?
Let me see what I got right last year in the canceled department.
Vanished, Runaway and Kidnapped – Vanished held on for 9 episodes, the others only managed 3 before the plug was pulled. These were (I thought) easy pickings though.
Happy Hour – It was dumb. Another one that made it a grand total of 3 episodes. It is gone. Enough said.
What I got wrong on cancellations
‘Til Death – I could argue that I was actually right about this. Pulled after (say it with me) 3 episodes, for some reason Fox refueses to actually kill it, and now plans to give it another shot this year. Any bets on how many episodes it lasts before it is pulled again?
Men in Trees – This is the type of show that trips you up if you don’t, you know… actually watch the shows. Men in Trees started off poorly, which was no surprise since the concept sounded weak. But apparently word of mouth prevailed and the show wound up respectable and gaining a second season. I would double down my bet and say this one goes this year, but have you seen what is new for the upcoming season?
My Surefire Winners
30 Rock – It started out strong, and then began to fade, but managed to hold on.
The Wire – Why this show got so much press last season (it wasn’t a new show) is a bit confusing, but it did hold its own.
The Fence Sitting shows (shows I couldn’t decide, but was cautiously optimistic)
Lost – Did enough to not get canceled. For how long is anybody’s guess. While I am still on the fence, I tend to think this is the last hurrah for Lost, short of a miracle.
Desperate Housewives – See Lost. It did enough to not get canceled. Whether or not they will continue to play on the bring remains to be seen. I am again on the fence, but more so than Lost, I think this one survives yet again.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigators – in keeping up with current “popular” trends for serial series, besides their normal 1 and done episodes, CSI added an ongoing case(The Minature Killer) throughout the season (and even based its cliffhanger on it).Â With Will Petersen interested in leaving, they ran 4 episodes without him last season, and showed just how weak the show is without him (or at least without “Grissom”).Â While I don’t think it will get pulled mid-season, I fear that this may be the last go round.
Ugly Betty – I was a bit more harsh on this show that the reviewers, but people liked it.Â I guess that is why I don’t get to do this professionally.Â This is a show that I would think has a real ability to suffer from a sophmore jinx.Â Alas, yet again, I look at what is coming up, and since nothing new looks to really steal this audience away, it may survive it.
Â So now let us look at the Class of 2007
Back To You – I want to say it is only destiny that Kelsey Grammar hit a dud.Â Â But pairing him up with Patricia Heaton and some good upfront reviews, added to a lack of a blockbuster new sitcom, this may just be the best new comedy of the season.
Samanath Who? – at first glace a series about a woman with amnesia sounded like a real clunker.Â But as I read into the plot a bit more, how she discovers what an asshat she was before and looking to fix some of those thinks, while not really knowing who to trust, I must admit starts to intrigue me.Â It reminds me a bit like a take-off of the movie Switch, where when somebody gets to see how others saw them, and gain new perspective, they learn more about themselves than they bargained for.Â I may just peek in on this one.
Unhitched – Fox tries another series that stars a Chimp as its major humor.Â This was funny in a movie or two, back somewhere in the 70’s.Â But this isn’t the 70’s and it doesn’t start Burt Reynolds, so my guess is (the seemingly new favorite number) 3 episodes before Fox put is “on Hiatus”Â (BTW, does Fox ever actually officially cancel a show?)
Cavemen – I was debating on whether I should even mention this one.Â A TV show based on a Television ad… about cavemen living in the modern world.Â I want to know who at ABC actually approved this.Â I mean any idiot can come up with a lame idea.Â But somebody had to green-light this debacle.Â Maybe they could bring back the Taco Bell Dog and make him roommates with the Geico Gecko in an Odd Couple like sitcom.Â I don’t know if this one even lasts the typical 3 episodes.
So what are you looking forward to this season on TV?Â What do you think will be “Da Bomb” or will just Bomb Out?