Sharpen Your Axe, It's Time for the Third Annual Dead Pool!

By Tim Surette

Sep 17, 2013

UPDATE (9/30, 6pm Pacific): The voting window is officially closed. Good luck, everyone!

Welcome back to the only television game in town that focuses on failure (besides setting NBC's schedule, I mean)! Yep, it's time for the 2013 Dead Pool, where you win by betting on the losers. At the beginning of each fall season, networks shovel a bunch of shows onto the airwaves hoping that one or two of them will become hits. But as we all know, most of them will suffer the painful death known as cancellation. 

That's where the Dead Pool comes in. You get to choose which shows you think will be dead and buried first. This is our third annual event, so some of you undoubtedly played before. But this year, we've simplified things to their very core in an effort to make things easier for everyone. 

Here's the deal: The point system has been completely overhauled. It no longer matters how soon into a series' life that it gets canceled (i.e. how many episodes air before the axe drops). All that's important now is whether a show is canceled or not canceled. You'll still select five shows, and you'll still want them to get canceled, but now you'll want all five of your choices to die before everything else. This gives the game more of a ticking-clock feel, upping the pressure and intensity instead of dragging it out.

The tiebreaker system is also different. In the past, we asked you to choose a sixth show, the one you thought would be the first new series to earn a full-season pickup (i.e. receive an order for more episodes). This year we're rewarding the confident and the quick by giving tiebreaker priority to those who get their entries in earliest. That means that if you want to have a leg up on the competition, you'll have to go with your gut (and the quality of pre-premiere trailers) instead of watching a few episodes of as many shows as possible before you set your picks.


– Pick the five new fall shows you think will get canceled first and drag them from the grid into the empty slots on the entry form below. The order of your picks doesn't matter.

– The first entry to correctly name the five shows that ultimately get canceled first wins.

– In the event of a tie, the entry that was submitted first wins. Once you're happy with your picks, don't change them, or you'll reset your entry to a later timestamp.

We'll close the polls on Monday, September 30 at 6pm Pacific, so get your entry in before then! 


– Remember, "bad" doesn't always mean canceled. Pay attention to difficult timeslots, the influence of any big-name producers who might be involved, and shows that don't offer broad appeal. 

– Time is of the essence! If you choose a show that doesn't premiere until October, you might put yourself at a disadvantage. BUT if you put too much faith in shows that debut early, you might accidentally select a series that's just starting a long 10-season life, in which case you'd likely have a losing ballot on your hands.

– Last year's Dead Pool was thrown for a loop because the networks were awfully kind and extremely slow to drop the axe (oh, and we finally announced the winners, btw). Think about how networks will react this year. 

Good luck, everybody!

Note: If you edit your picks, but you've already posted them in the comments, simply refresh the page—the original comment should reflect your updated lineup.

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  • ryanmck Feb 24, 2014

    Super Fun Night is dead and I got 5 out of 5, to quote Mikey "BOOYAHKASHAW!!!!!!"

  • AllanHarvey1 Nov 05, 2013

    4 out of 5 not bad but to be honest Mom should have been canceled it's just awful but it was my own foolishness not picking Ironside when i almost did

  • Gold_Ruby Nov 04, 2013

    4/5 with The Goldbergs getting a renewal. Much better than last year's picks.

  • tv2workn Nov 03, 2013

    Well, I'm out. The Goldberg's got me and perhaps SFN as well. OUCH! To lose by two of the stinkiest shows on the air, and both on ABC. Can ABC be the new NBC?

  • JulianaLujan Nov 03, 2013

    So if Back in the Game is officially the 5th cancelled show than I got all 5! I don't even care if I wasn't the first to pick these 5, I'm still calling this a win! Go me!!

  • tv2workn Nov 03, 2013

    Congrats, WTG JulianaLujan! It was really a hard year to pick losers from this pack.

  • ADragonsDream Oct 28, 2013

    and yet again, TV.Co gives us no good way to get back to this page. why is having a front page link so difficult to do?

  • Chocolatier Oct 27, 2013

    damn it dads. DAMN IT.

  • thomasmuethin Oct 26, 2013

    ANYONE who actually voted in this "poll" is a disgusting and pitiful human being. The jobs of thousands of actors and technicians are at stake here. There's nothing to joke about, except about you losers who take part in such a deplorable poll. SHAME ON YOU, AND SHAME ON TV.COM!

  • Hoss1121 Oct 28, 2013

    We're supposed to feel sorry for those working in Hollywood because many can lose jobs if a show is cancelled? You mean those TV working stiffs who make MORE money than the average working stiff repairing potholes or stuck at a desk or taking care of grandma at the nursing home? Yeah, that makes sense, especially if you ARE one of those working on those crappy shows.

  • tv2workn Oct 26, 2013

    Man, Get REAL! Do you think any of these actors and technicians will go hungry from any of these crappy shows? What about all the crappy pilots that didn't get picked up, at least they got half a year of work out of it. They probably got paid really well and look at all the reviewers on that would lose their jobs if all they had to say was great, great, great show all season long. I guess you want Tim to be unemployed also or else to have him writing copy for Flo to sell insurance, lol.

    Hey, get a life, or are you just a troll and I have been had, DOH! Not Again!

  • bballer151 Oct 26, 2013

  • bballer151 Oct 26, 2013

    Not looking good, better luck next year for me

  • ChristianFox1 Oct 26, 2013

    1 out of 5 damn dads got a full season how it that possible

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