Dead Pool HQ: Staff Picks, Updated Ratings, and Commentary

By TV.com Staff

Sep 30, 2011



Latest Updates: Tuesday, November 29

It's been a quiet month in terms of cancellations, but the networks have picked up the pace in the last week or so and put a lot of actors and writers and crewmen out of business by ending Prime Suspect, Man Up, and Pan Am. While none of those shows are technically officially canceled because the networks are trying to save face, they won't be receiving new-episode orders, either. Real-world translation: They're canceled.


Here's the updated leaderboard: Dead Pool Score Sheet as of November 29 (PDF file)


I'm just about ready to etch Edward_nigma and SuperSonic922's names onto the trophy, as only a miracle super-quick cancellation of I Hate My Teenage Daughter (which debuts tomorrow) could shake things up at this point. If that comedy is canceled within its first three episodes, musik_addict will claim victory.

In the staff picks section, Grimm's renewal killed me, leaving me with a grand total of 37 points—good enough to rank in the top 20 overall. But it looks like Louis is poised to win office bragging rights as soon as Allen Gregory gets the axe.

And because it's still relevant, here's the pie graph of the number of people who selected each show:

Dead Pool Chart TV.com


Thanks much,
Tim


You can read previous updates on the second page of this story.



Staff Picks

Price Peterson: 26 pts
H8R
How to Be a Gentleman
Grimm
Once Upon a Time
The Playboy Club
Tiebreak: Up All Night
Ilana Diamond: 35 pts
Free Agents
H8R
How to Be a Gentleman
Man Up
Once Upon a Time
Tiebreak: New Girl
Louis Peitzman: 39 pts
Allen Gregory
Free Agents
H8R
How to Be a Gentleman
The Playboy Club
Tiebreak: Up All Night


Lily Sparks: 26 pts
Charlie's Angels
Hart of Dixie
How to Be a Gentleman
Once Upon a Time
The Playboy Club
Tiebreak: New Girl
Jen Trolio: 37 pts
Charlie's Angels
H8R
How to Be a Gentleman
The Playboy Club
Whitney
Tiebreak: New Girl
Walter Morbeck: 28 pts
Allen Gregory
Free Agents
A Gifted Man
H8R
The Playboy Club
Tiebreak: 2 Broke Girls


Seth Abramovitch: 28 pts
Allen Gregory
H8R
How to Be a Gentleman
Once Upon a Time
The Playboy Club
Tiebreak: Up All Night
C. Killian: 25 pts
Charlie's Angels
How to Be a Gentleman
H8R
Whitney
Ringer
Tiebreak: New Girl
Tim Surette: 37 pts
Charlie's Angels
Free Agents
Grimm
How to Be a Gentleman
The Playboy Club
Tiebreak: New Girl



Leaderboard & Scoresheet

All the entries, listed by username, can be seen here (in PDF format). A lot of you sent in entries WITHOUT usernames, and I didn't want to post your real names or email addresses for all the freaks on the internet to see. If you forgot to send in your username and want to be listed, send an email to mailbag@tv.com from the same email address you used to enter and include your username. You'll notice there are also some missing tiebreakers, so the same rules apply: If you want to get a tiebreaker in, email it to us! Just don't be a cheater and try to select a show that's already been picked up, obviously. There are also people who ignored the rules and selected New Girl as their tiebreaker *after* it had been picked up for a full season. Those entries are denoted with an asterisk (as in New Girl*). Shame on you! If you want to select an alternative tiebreak, I suppose I'll allow it, but you're really pushing it.

(Note: A spreadsheet error gave me an incorrect leaderboard. Many people did not get credit for Free Agents. It should be fixed now.)

Leaderboard:
Edward_nigma - 48 points (wins tie-breaker)
SuperSonic922 - 48 points (wins tie-breaker)
CJager1 - 48 points
shartman63 - 48 points
SamWalker11 - 47 points
jzezbxuxs - 46 points
Rirosenbaum - 45 points
Alainadenhartog - 44 points
Loquaciousmuse - 44 points
jacquimarie - 43 points
musik_addict - 39 points
Splat - 39 points
Phrosty2004 - 39 points

To see the full list of scores, check out our Dead Pool Score Sheet as of November 29 (PDF file)



Cancellations and Pickups

Cancellations:
The Playboy Club, on 10/4 after three episodes. 10 points!
Free Agents, on 10/6 after four episodes. 9 points!
H8R, on 10/6 after four episodes. 9 points!
How to Be a Gentleman, on 10/7 after two episodes. 11 points!
Charlie's Angels, on 10/14 after four episodes. 9 points!
Prime Suspect, on 11/15 after seven episodes. 6 points!
Man Up, on 11/19 after five episodes. 8 points!
Pan Am, on 11/29 after eight episodes. 5 points!

Pickups:
Grimm (11/21)
Last Man Standing (11/3)
Once Upon a Time (11/3)
The X Factor (11/02)
Person of Interest (10/25)
Unforgettable (10/25)
Suburgatory (10/14)
Revenge (10/14)
Ringer (10/12)
The Secret Circle (10/12)
Hart of Dixie (10/12)
2 Broke Girls (10/5)
Up All Night (10/4)
Whitney (10/4)
New Girl (9/28)



Latest Updates: Thursday, October 13

[UPDATE] Wow, I just went in and fixed up the scores and found a ton of errors. Let's just pretend those never happened. I will blame Google because the company is a faceless entity that's easily scapegoated. But it's all good now, and I mean it this time. I think.

The CW made a bunch of decisions yesterday and picked up all three of its new dramas, Ringer, The Secret Circle, and, yes, Hart of Dixie. Wow! Hart of Dixie? Incredible. Mr. and Mrs. Bilson must be so proud of their fake heart-surgeon daughter.

The Hart of Dixie pickup was the most problematic for the Dead Pool as more than 60 people have it on their lists. Tough luck for Mcviewer, who was tied for first until his final pick knocked him down by two points. I'm sure he/she will never look at Rachel Bilson the same way and has a new hatred of Alabama.

Tonight is a big night for Charlie's Angels. In fact, I think you may see a cancellation announcement tomorrow after tonight's numbers come in. [UPDATE #2: And here it is!]

Because there have been no cancellations, but three pickups, since the last update, the leaderboard has only seen people drop. Here's the latest rundown, with errors fixed:

Dead Pool Score Sheet as of October 18 (PDF file)

And because it's still relevant, here's the pie graph of the number of people who selected each show:

Dead Pool Chart TV.com


Sorry for the typos,
Tmi


Latest Updates: Monday, October 10

[UPDATE] Spreadsheet error! The leaderboard is messed up as many of you have pointed out. I'm fixing it!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a leaderboard! The cancellations of H8R and How to Be a Gentleman really separated the wheat from the chaff, and there's currently a nine-way tie for first place among TV.com users and our own Louis Peitzman. Congrats to shartman63, Mcviewer, CJager1, SamWalker11, jcila, Edward_nigma, SkyHigh25 and someone who didn't provide us with his TV.com username. You're all tied with 39 points, which is currently the highest possible score. Four of you even selected Charlie's Angels as your fifth pick, so if that axe falls soon (and it could), this game will be all about the tiebreak.

But there's still hope for the rest of you, because several new series have yet to debut—including popular Dead Pool picks Grimm, Man Up, and Last Man Standing.

I've listed the top 20 players below in the "Leaderboard" section, but to see the whole score sheet, including where you stand and who picked what, head here: Dead Pool Score Sheet as of October 10 (PDF file)

And because it's still relevant, here's the pie graph of the number of people who selected each show:

Dead Pool Chart TV.com

Unless Grimm somehow gets canceled REALLY early, I don't think I stand a shot of winning this thing.


Coridally yours,
Timbo



Latest Updates: Tuesday, October 18

A busy end of the week and weekend meant a slow update for the Dead Pool, and I apologize. Someone should just cancel me for being a bad Dead Pool commissioner! Except I make the rules around here, so I'm giving myself a 3-year extension worth 2.5 million a year. This is America, where mediocrity is rewarded!

ABC was busy late last week, canceling Charlie's Angels and picking up Suburgatory and Revenge. That makes five cancellations on the year, and four people out there had all five. Congratulations! You four are like that cat in old folks' homes that sleeps next to people before they die, and you creep all of us out with your ability to see death. Either that or you just have impeccable taste. Potato, po-tah-to, I guess. By the way, if anyone out there actually says po-tah-toe, you're wrong. Stop it.

Here's the updated leaderboard: Dead Pool Score Sheet as of October 18 (PDF file)

Right now Edward_nigma and SuperSonic922 are sharing the lead because shartman63's tiebreaker was selected after New Girl was already picked up. Tsk, tsk. There's still hope for the rest that can taste the lead, as Once Upon a Time, Allen Gregory, and Man Up have yet to air and a few of you have selected those shows. But you'll need a quick cancellation to jump into first. I will say this: they all look horrible, so there's hope.

As for what's in danger of getting canceled next, Pan Am and Prime Suspect are in the most danger, but NBC really doesn't want to cancel the latter. I don't see either of these going anywhere for a few weeks.

In the staff picks section, I've managed to jump into a tie for the lead thanks to Charlie's Angels, which should have been canceled a long time ago. Louis still has Allen Gregory and I have Grimm, and Ilana, Seth, Price, and Walter are being sneaky in the back with a few shows still lingering. This could go down to the wire.


Latest Updates: Thursday, October 6

Down goes another! Free Agents was canceled today after just four episodes, making it worth 9 points. I remember slaving away and putting in a lot of entries that had both Free Agents and The Playboy Club, so I'll take a look at the numbers soon and see how many people are tied for first place. I think the pack will really start to separate once a third show gets canceled.

Speaking of third show to get canceled, what do you think it will be? H8R doesn't have the numbers, but let's not forget that it costs $42 per episode to make. I've got my eye on Charlie's Angels, which airs tonight. I'm guessing it will put up a 1.2 rating or so, which may be enough to give it one more week. If the slide continues (which it will—have you seen the show?), it's a goner. I think people are talking about Ringer too much for it to be canceled, but Hart of Dixie better watch its back. It's been steady with back-to-back weeks of a 0.8 rating, but there's not nearly as much chatter about it. Prime Suspect is also a... wait for it... prime suspect, but NBC likes the show enough to let it stick around. I think it's safe for a few weeks.

Here's a pie graph of the number of people who selected each show:

Dead Pool Chart TV.com

I'm not going to brag about being two-for-two, but let's face it, I'm awesome.

Best of luck!

Friends Forever, Timothy



Previous Updates:Tuesday, October 3

All hail the Axe of Cancellation! Tremble in its presence! NBC struck first today, canceling The Playboy Club after just three episodes. That means it's a 10-pointer (13 - 3 = 10) for everyone who chose it—all 164 of you. That's more than half the entries! You guys really hated The Playboy Club! The period drama was by far the most-selected show; Free Agents came in second at 139, followed by Charlie's Angels at 134.

Here's a pie graph of the number of people who selected each show:

The Playboy Club NBC preview

Whoever was the lone person to select The X Factor, I salute you!

Also in the news today were NBC's other orders of business: full-season pickups for Up All Night and Whitney. If you picked either of those shows to be canceled, it doesn't necessarily mean you're out of the contest but... ahhh who am I kidding?! You're done! Whitney's pickup was particularly damaging, as 110 of you thought NBC would come to its senses and cancel the show. But if you ask me, NBC didn't want to burn bridges with Whitney Cummings, who (for some reason I don't understand) is very much in-demand right now.

Keep watching that axe!

Your pal, Tim


Previous Updates: Monday, October 2

Registration is CLOSED for this year's Dead Pool—thanks to all of you who've entered! I just wanted to let you know that we're still sorting through all the entries. We've got around three hundred participants, which means a lot of you are morbidly fascinated by other people's failures. Shame on you!

A couple bits of news to discuss, and not good news for those of you who picked NBC shows to bite the dust. NBC president Bob Greenblatt said he wants to give his shows a chance to find an audience, so there will be no quick pulls of the trigger on his part. It makes sense, too. With the new Comcast management in place, they probably don't want to start with the image of being a network that cancels shows after a few episodes. That said, The Playboy Club and Free Agents stink and are performing horribly. If I were Greenblatt I would start swinging the axe just to show everyone I mean business. Heck, I'd cancel Sunday Night Football just so everyone feels like they are in danger. I like to be feared.

Pan Am lost a big chunk of its audience in its second episode. Guess the numbers from the premiere episode came from curious people who chose not to stick around. I don't think it's in danger yet, though. Whitney needs to put up solid ratings this week. It's such a glaring blemish on NBC's comedy block that the network has to be taking notice. Ditto for Charlie's Angels, which is nothing short of a disaster for ABC. Hart of Dixie also needs to pick things up STAT! That's doctor-speak, not that Rachel Bilson would know. Oh, and if you picked Prime Suspect, you should know that NBC sold it to 30 international territories, which is likely to give it a longer leash than usual.

Look for the final scoresheet tomorrow and, time permitting, some pretty graphs. I'm working as fast as I can!

Love,
Tim



Previous Updates: Thursday, September 29

You've got a little more than one day left to enter the TV.com Dead Pool, and we have more than 250 entries so far. If you haven't yet entered but would like to, now's the time to read the Dead Pool rules and regulations and submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm PT on Friday night (September 30, 2011).

For those of you who've already entered, you'll want to bookmark this page and keep checking back throughout the season. I'll continue to update the ratings for all the new shows (listed below), keep a running tally of your scores, and add commentary on anything related to the Dead Pool.

In case you haven't yet seen the news, Fox made the season's first big move yesterday by picking up New Girl for a full season. If you already selected New Girl as your tiebreaker, you'll be in good shape if the game come down to the wire.

I've also included the TV.com staff entries for all of you to see and laugh at. And so none of you can call bogus on any of our picks. That means you, @beowulf579!

—Tim

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  • jon-bob Dec 07, 2011

    WHY?! Why would they cancel "Man Up"?? It was one of the funniest shows I've ever seen. And yet they keep "Up All Night", "Whitney", and "Two Broke Girls"? It's not fair. I wish I could give a piece of my mind to whoever is making some of the cancellations lately.

  • MearyRosenkra Dec 12, 2011

    whitney ,up all night, and two broke girls are funny and great to watch

  • gtbell Dec 03, 2011

    While I saw no similarity to the excellent British version, (that ran for many seasons), I can't believe they cancelled Prime Suspect. The characters are starting to gel and viewers are starting to care a bit about them. Why not at least give them a chance to catch on. Perhaps until the spring?

  • Writerpatrick Dec 02, 2011

    I would suggest that the points each person gets be added to one's Level score, although I don't know if there's a way of doing that.

  • Doreen90755 Dec 02, 2011

    Prime Suspect is my favorite show ! (I even like the hat !) I think the cast is wonderful, especially Maria Bello. I also like Pan Am. I sure hope they keep their hands off of Unforgettable, Person Of Interest, Blue Bloods, and A Good Man. Just when I get involved in a new show, they cancel it ! I'm still mad about The Chicago Code, Detroit 187, and "V" . How can they keep all this reality crap on the air, and cancel the shows that have a good story ????

  • Edward_Nigma Dec 02, 2011

    Wow I had completely forgotten about this...can't believe I'm one of the top people! This must mean I should become a programming exec. ;-) P.S. Thanks for holding this competition for us!

  • moustasch1 Dec 01, 2011

    Out of all those cancellations the only one I'll miss is Prime Suspect. I guess viewers still have a hard time watching a woman lead who isn't an airhead. Hey NBC, try moving it away from opposite Person of Interest and The Mentalist to one of your weaker nights and see how it does there (which, since it's NBC, can be any other night.)

  • MeforqualityTV Dec 02, 2011

    Sorry, don't agree. It was years out of date. Men putting women cops down - hey that was the 70s. Angie Dickinson in Police Woman - and the original British Prime Suspect was just so much better.

  • joeca1234 Dec 01, 2011

    Man up! is cancelled???? Thats a shame, i was enjoying that!!!! How can this be when Whitney is still going??? I am in a parallel universe where the opposite happens, that must be the reason.........

  • MearyRosenkra Dec 12, 2011

    it was dumb and boring

  • marlonjones Dec 01, 2011

    Man Up is a damn shame!! That was funny as and a breathe of fresh air...

    And The Playboy Club should've been given another chance on another network...

  • MearyRosenkra Dec 12, 2011

    it was dumb and boring

  • strawberrylass Dec 01, 2011

    I think it sucks that "Pan Am" is next to be cancelled. I enjoyed watching it every Sunday night. Yet, they keep "New Girl". Mindblowing how they decide on what is worth keeping on TV.

  • Crazy-for-TV Dec 03, 2011

    Every network is different. For example, "Pam Am" is on ABC, whereas "New Girl" airs on Fox. Also, how can you compare an hour-long drama to a sitcom? And, ABC usually has pretty high standards, whereas Fox's ratings are usually low, so "New Girl" bringing in 5-6 million viewers a week is a success story.

  • KnowledgeBomber Dec 01, 2011

    If Allen Gregory was on cable you'd all be going on and on about how brilliant it is and you all know it.

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