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Some CBS Shows Look Likely To Be Canceled For 2010-2011 Season

Several CBS shows appear to be in serious danger of facing cancellation as CBS may attempt to free up time for several new shows with a higher potential of success. The once popular COLD CASE appears to have faded enough in ratings that CBS will very likely cancel this once great series. And as good as NUMB3RS is, the future doesn't too look too good at all for this series either. The critically acclaimed but ratings soft, THE GOOD WIFE, will likely be renewed though, as CBS might hope for a possible growing audience shift to this show.


One other drama that was a purchase from NBC, MEDIUM, may also be in some danger of cancellation as well. Unfortunately, as good as this show is, most of it's best days were from it's past life over at NBC. Often, moving shows to another network isn't always a good move. But in the case of JAG, it worked excellent. JAG also helped to spin off the super-successful NCIS franchise for CBS as well, so this move was nothing short of brilliant for CBS.

And with comedies, CBS will probably pick at least two to cancel from OLD CHRISTINE, GARY UNMARRIED and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE. In March, CBS is planning to send ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE over to the Wednesday time slot held by GARY UNMARRIED, which isn't particularly good news for either show. It means that both shows are under-performers and in great cancellation danger.

Part of the problem is the plot of ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE. Once the lead character has the unexpected baby the show is all over. The pregnancy couldn't go on for season after season. WORST WEEK, was more of the same problem. It was a great comedy, where everything went wrong for one character, despite his best intentions. But with the wedding, the show was all over. Some series of this type have a short shelf life. They're good for a season only.

CBS is such a successful network that it cannot afford under-performing shows that drag down it's overall ratings strength and ratings dominance. CBS is only likely to make moves to strengthen it's network share and a few tired shows are more than likely to get the ax.

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Comments (3)

I know it's expensive to pu... (Below threshold)

I know it's expensive to put on any series - but it seems at times like the media shoots itself in the foot with the 'mid season hiatus' habit they've gotten into. You get a viewer base, get them hooked, then essentially tell them their eyeballs aren't enough to keep the show going. So the show goes 'on hiatus', and MAY come back - the network ain't tellin' - and you find something else to watch while damning the network for their stupidity in taking off a show you liked.

All in the eternal quest for ratings and viewership, which seems to be dropping no matter how many reality shows or LOST clones they put on. Add in a pretty dry well of ideas and 'talent' that might be better used asking "Would you like fries with that?", and the main networks are in trouble - and it's hard to believe they don't know it.

You raise some points that ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

You raise some points that are dead-on right, JLawson. Thanks for those comments.

please save cold case. my o... (Below threshold)

please save cold case. my opinion is cbs should put cold case on at 9pm on wednesday followed by csi n.y. or any csi that would be the best 2 hours of t.v.Sunday is a bad night,people are winding down getting ready for the new work/school week.come on at least think about it

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