Television’s Fall season, 2007 is well under way and several television shows – – both old and new – – have risen to the top while others have gotten seriously close to hitting rock bottom.
Existing shows that are still going strong include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following (listed alphabetical order):
Beauty and the Geek (CW),
Boston Legal (ABC),
Brothers and Sisters (ABC),
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS),
CSI: Miami (CBS),
Dancing with the Stars (ABC),
Desperate Housewives (ABC),
Friday Night Lights (NBC),
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC),
How I Met Your Mother (CBS),
Law and Order: SVU (NBC),
The Closer (TNT),
The Office (NBC), and
Ugly Betty (ABC).
Who knew that a social experiment conceived by comedian, Ashton Kutcher, would still be going strong some three years later? And yet Beauty and the Geek is doing just that, with this season easily pulling down the ratings.
The CSI franchise shows no sign of slowing down either. Even though CSI: New York didn’t make the top 20, that show, likes its team mates, continues to go strong.
This year’s Dancing With The Stars is the strongest season yet, with a lot more talent, some serious drama, and more than enough fun to spare. And this year’s Desperate Housewives if re-energized and refueled; full of vim, vigor, and plenty of vitality.
Heroes continues to shine like no other show on television, infusing new talent and interesting stories to keep fans enthralled. Friday Night Lights seems to like its Friday night time slot and is picking up steam.
Neither of CW’s mega hits Smallville nor Supernatural show any signs of slowing down either. The writing continues to be as excellent as the actors that delivery the dialogue. This one, two punch has allowed CW to become a contender.
Existing or new shows that have tremendous promise but still face an uncertain future at the moment, include the following (listed in alphabetical order):
Back to You (Fox),
Bionic Woman (NBC),
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC),
Gossip Girl (CW),
Private Practice (ABC),
Pushing Daises (ABC),
Samantha Who (ABC),
Stargate Atlantis (Sci-Fi),
The Bachelor (ABC),
The Unit, (CBS), and
Women’s Murder Club (ABC).
Certain returning shows have loyal followings that could just help keep their heads above water. These include Bones, ER, Lost, and Numbers. While ER started off with a strong season opener, the fact remains that the show is now more than 10 years old and the cast has changed more times than most fans can even remember. It is getting a bit old and tired.
Lost doesn’t even premier until 2008 and, although the producers promise, an uninterrupted season, if the stories don’t satisfy fans, many of them are prepared to dessert. The show needs a repeat of the energy generated this past spring in order to keep fans glued to the set until the show’s finale.
Some new shows have developed strong followings that should see them safe through the year. These include: Bionic Woman, Chuck, Dirty Sexy Money, Reaper and Women’s Murder Club. I don’t believe these shows will be going away anytime soon.
Other new shows have had some positive buzz, but the reviews have been mixed. These include Back to You, Gossip Girl, Journeyman, Life, Moonlight, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, and Samantha Who.
Kelsey Grammar fans aren’t counting their guy out just yet and neither are fans of Christina Applegate. And while Gossip Girl is popular among the young viewers, it may not pull enough overall viewers to keep the show alive.
Pushing Daisies has a significant following, but those who hate the show really “hate” the show, leaving its future in jeopardy as well. The verdict remains out for Moonlight and Private Practice for basically the same reason. The actors are excellent but the writing sometimes lacks sufficient pizzazz, leaving the audience unsatisfied with the end result.
New shows that could be on their way out include, but are not limited to the following (listed in alphabetical order):
Big Shots (ABC),
Flash Gordon (Sci-Fi),
Kids Nation (CBS),
Life is Wild (CW),
Nashville (Fox), and
Viva Laughlin (CBS).
Big Shots isn’t catching on as anticipated and may be one of ABC’s first cuts. Cane, which has one of the strongest casts on television today, should have been a sure-fire winner. Instead, it is falling flat.
Very few people actually expected either Carpoolers or Cavemen to survive this long. Both shows insult the intelligence of ABC’s viewership and are borderline offensive.
There was so much negative press about Kids Nation that the show seemed destined to fail from the very beginning. And the highly touted Viva Laughlin seems to have proven that television viewers are just not quite ready for musical TV.
Flash Gordon shouldn’t have survived the pilot. The show is worse than bad. It is even an insult to the highly panned 80’s movie of the same name. Sci-Fi fans expect more from the network that brought them Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Gallactica.
Ultimately, the fate of all of all of these shows remains in the hands of their fans. They, and they alone, will decide if they succeed or failure. I still think we will see a few surprises before the year is over. What do you think?