Renewal Rumble! 17 TV Shows That Might Not Make It

It's decision time for TV networks, which means it's fingernail-biting time for several of your favorite shows. Every year, executives decide who lives and who dies based on antiquated metrics, "brand sizzle" (that's an actual term that execs use and love), and marketability. And every year, they don't bother to ask you or me what we think should remain on the air. Those jerks.

That leaves us with a handful of shows that are battling against something to avoid cancellation. It may be another show, it may be some weird preconception, but it's an obstacle either way. Here's a look at some of this year's most interesting match-ups.

FlashForward vs. V

ABC hoped to fill the massive void that looms in the wake of Lost's imminent departure with these big-budget sci-fi shows, but neither has resonated with fans of the time-traveling, universe-splitting drama. The thinking is that one will live and one will be put to rest, with the odds in favor of V sticking around for another season. Because it has hot aliens.

Accidentally on Purpose vs. The New Adventures of Old Christine vs. Gary Unmarried

CBS is home to ratings hogs The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, which makes every other comedy on the network (except for the well-liked How I Met Your Mother) look like unprofitable chopped liver. All three of these shows perform okay, but okay isn't good enough for America's most-watched network. And with hot new laughers from Chuck Lorre (Mike & Molly) and Matt Tarses (True Love)—not to mention William Shatner's [Expletive] My Dad Says—waiting in the wings, other shows will be forced to give up their spots. We're guessing at least two say goodbye to The Eye, with Accidentally on Purpose and Gary Unmarried most likely to meet the axe.

Human Target vs. Lie to Me

With the cancellation of 24, Human Target's chances of not becoming another Human Target (1993 edition) improved dramatically. But it's an expensive show that hasn't resonated with viewers. Lie to Me does fine, but appears to be middling and isn't really on Fox's radar (the network pulled the show off its schedule until this summer). The chances that both show come back next year aren't good, but one of them will probably survive; tie goes to the show that is cheaper to make, and that's probably Lie to Me.

Chuck vs. itself

Chuck is the ultimate bubble show. It's got insane fans that will feast on fast food to save it, it's got media support, and it's got pretty weak ratings. Here's what Chuck has going for it: NBC is in a lot of trouble and needs shows to fill its schedule. So while it previously seemed like Chuck was in trouble, recent reports say it's getting another season. And we guess that makes a lot of you pretty darned happy. Our prediction: Chuck stays!

Heroes vs. fate

Here we are again, Heroes. Bubble time and your name pops up, like clockwork. Your ratings are digging a hole to the center of the Earth, and your quality has already arrived in China. By all accounts, you should have been canceled a long time ago. But you inexplicably persevere, and it looks as though you may do so again with a 13-episode "final season," according to The Hollywood Reporter. NBC: where mediocrity lives!

Life Unexpected vs. One Tree Hill

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The CW's fight to the death. In the red corner, we have the veteran, a seven-season teen drama with fanatical supporters. In the blue corner, we have the feisty up-and-comer, bright and shiny and oozing with potential. The CW has renewed a bunch of its shows already, leaving one last spot on its roster for one of these two shows. As for which one will make it to the next round, your guess is as good as mine. Oh, and in case you care about Melrose Place, you better stop. That show is as good as dead.

Law & Order vs. Law & Order: SVU vs. Mercy vs. Trauma

NBC has to figure out what to do with these shows, but as we've said before, the network didn't anticipate such a disastrous schedule. Remember, NBC's Jeff Zucker promised that the primetime Jay Leno Show would be on the air for a full year, regardless of its ratings. NBC hadn't planned to oust Leno from primetime so quickly; as a result, the network is behind on development. That gives all four of shows (plus Chuck and Heroes) a better chance at survival this year. That said, we assume that among these four, seniority wins. And a show can't grow much older than the elderly Law & Order. Say bye-bye, newbies.

Damages vs. its own greatness

Damages is one of my favorite shows, which automatically means nobody watches it. The third season just came to an end with less than a million viewers, and FX is rumored to be heading in a more general-audience direction (contrary to the cable network's prior ideology) and on the hunt for more mass-appeal shows. Awards are nice as paperweights, but FX wants some green paper to weigh down. Damages does not fit this mold, and the motion that DirecTV could help save it by footing part of the production bill has been denied. As much as we'd like to see the show stay, we're guessing it's a goner. We'll miss you, Ellen Parsons.

Caprica vs. the shadow of Battlestar Galactica

After a shaky start, Caprica seems to have stabilized in the ratings and improved in quality. But it's still being compared to its father son second cousin Battlestar Galactica, for better or for worse: It has the same darkly thoughtful BSG sci-fi that put SyFy on the map, but also lower ratings than even the disappointing fourth season of BSG. Still, SyFy execs say they're in it "for the long haul," so we expect the show to return. But when have we ever really trusted network execs?


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Jun 19, 2010
to be honest, i kinda like trauma. lots of boom. too bad it got axed.
n too bad for heroes, i'm a loyal follower, it could've gone so much better on the second season. accidentally on purpose is funny, a little corny, but its funny.
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May 25, 2010
Part of me NEEDS to know what happens next in Caprica (as well as V etc.)... I do hope it comes back
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May 15, 2010
V > FlashForward
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May 12, 2010
Damages is terrific. Let it continue with the great Glenn Close.

I like Flash Forward too. It deserves a second season.

Law & Order: SVU has been around for a long time, but I like Christopher Meloni!
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May 12, 2010
Damages is terrific. Let it continue with the great Glenn Close.



I like Flash Forward too. It deserves a second season.



Law & Order: SVU has been around for a long time, but I like Christopher Meloni!
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May 12, 2010
keep CHUCK!!!
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May 12, 2010
omg CHUCK better stay that show is beast!
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May 12, 2010
wow v should totaly go it isnt even any good it is stupid!!!!!!!!!
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May 11, 2010
CHUCK AND LIE TO ME STAY!!!!!!!!! D:
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May 11, 2010
Everyone has different taste in shows I can see. Me? I feel in love with V! I get excited every week to watch it. I guess its because I like the whole alien thing and the actors/actresses. I like One Tree Hill too, it grew on me since the two main stars left. The show transformed into a newer show with older and newer actors/actresses. I liked Life Unexpected too, also I was not as hooked on it as other shows. :D
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May 11, 2010
Damages rocks!
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May 11, 2010
Flashforward or V? Sorry to disagree with many, but Flashforward has been a big snoozefest for me. I don't really enjoy V that much either. Looks like I'll be watching lots more cable channels.
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May 10, 2010
They shouldn't cancel Flash Froward I love the latest episodes and Lost is going to the end and believe me everyone who loves lost will love FF and will definitely watch it!
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May 10, 2010
Lie to me and Chuck have to stay !!
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May 10, 2010
Chuck have to stay... flash forward is pretty good so it should as well. They should flush Heroes down the toilet and i dont really have any other comment on the rest of the shows. But most important SAVE CHUCK
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May 10, 2010
I would much rather watch Flash Forward than V... Ive given V a good go but its just not growing on me. As for the rest I dont really watch many of them except SVU and that better not go anywhere!
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May 10, 2010
well the only ones i care about are, human target, lie to me, V, flash forward, and accidentally on purpose. the rest can say buh bye.
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May 10, 2010
Save Caprica!
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May 10, 2010
I hope they don't cancel Caprica I want to see what happens next? I want to see how it evolves into what becomes Battlestar Galactica. Also I hope they keep V just to see what happens.
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May 10, 2010
so what is new? Keep the trash, trash the good. Keep Lie to Me AND Human Target! What! You can't have 2 good shows on in the same season!?! Also, Flashforward is an excellent show! Is it too over your head maybe? When are the networks going to get it - most people have stopped watching because there's nothing much TO watch.
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May 09, 2010
I just HOPE that Lie to me will continue... I believe it to be one of the best shows!
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May 09, 2010
OMG! Don't kill Caprica... The Cylons WILL GET YOU! BSG was fantastic and Caprica, at first seemed like just a knock off to make money, but as the season progressed, it became god and the interactions are complicated and thought provoking. Keep this one around!
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May 09, 2010
K.O. Kill them all!!!!
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May 09, 2010
Please SAVE CHUCKKKK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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May 09, 2010
I don't watch Chuck but it seems to have a really devoted fanbase so I would like to see that renewed. Damages is well writen and acted its a shame its getting beaten in by god awful reality shows in the same timeslot. Gary Unmarried and Accidentally on Purpose and Old Christine, who cares I didn't even know people watched them wouldn't be said if any of them left. The rest I am not to concerned with but I hope both FlashForward and V get renewed.
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May 08, 2010
Flashforward and CHUCK!!!
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May 08, 2010
Be a nerd, join the herd.

SAVE CHUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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May 08, 2010
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May 08, 2010
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May 08, 2010
Don't you dare cancel CSI!!! I'm a huuuge fan but OTH should`ve ended in the 6th season and Heroes was so great but now...let's see if they can save it. Here in Argentina some of these shows are not in cable tv, but you can see them online and I plan doing that until the new seasons



Gonna miss 24 and Lost!!!
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May 07, 2010
Damages, Caprica and Lie To Me my favorite shows.. Frankly, I do not care much that the rest above average shows..
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May 07, 2010
Kinda like Human target, sorta ordinary but still refreshing. V has improved from the start but sails without a direction somehow, wouldnt cry rivers if it were to be cancelled. Flashforward is is slowforward.. Hard to believe they can make that show more boring or cast worse for second season. Caprica is pretty crappy thou being hard core scifi fan, i have to endure in hopes for a surprise. But still i aint hard core enough to watch heroes.
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May 07, 2010
Pleeease keep Human Target! I love the action and the unusual stories/situations. Get rid of V I hate to watch all of the double dealing, lying, back stabbing, murder, it's not entertaining when it's all so unnecessary, and it's boring. I watch Lie to Me but it moves veeery slooowly, no action. Flash Forward is okay.
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May 07, 2010
just save Chuck....
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May 07, 2010
Hope that FlashForward, Gary Unmarried and Lie To Me all stay! :)
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May 07, 2010
Just the idea that DAMAGES will be cancelled is enough to make me want to stop watching television forever. It is an amazing show: well written, superbly acted, a dream cast; it's interesting, full of intrigue and suspense, as well as irony and intelligent humor. The whole show is just oh-so smart!

Alas, I will end up hanging in there and watching TV, searching and hoping for another show with such attributes. We are, and always have been, prisoners of the tasteless money-grubbing networks!
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May 06, 2010
V is ok 2
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May 06, 2010
Chuck and Heroes are the best TV Shows
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May 06, 2010
Didn't they show a "Human Target" on FX a few months ago? If you ask me, if Fox doesn't have the common sense of a house plant to promote it as "24's" successor, then why not give the cable/satellite viewers an opportunity to watch a decent action/adventure show that doesn't require explosions and conspiracies to keep them interested in a genuine story? If USA, TNT, and any other NBC-owned cable company can show repeats of Law-N-Order ad nauseum while milking their sponsors, why can't Fox do the same with their quality shows? They can even repeat "24" on F/X and use sponsor dollars to pay for "Human Target" and "Glee" which you neglected to mention for some odd reason!
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May 06, 2010
The CW Network should cancel "90210", "America's Next Top Model", and "Fly Girls", if they want a "turkey" to "kill"! "Life Unexpected" (LU) is the best NEW (non-Vampire?) show on the CW lineup. "One Tree Hill" (OTH) is the best veteran show in their lineup, along with "Smallville", and new show "The Vampire Diaries". Why does it always come down to canceling something, when every show has an "audience" of some size, and especially The CW Network has NO programming on either Saturday or Sunday in most areas? I, personally, am a fan of both OTH and LU, and I think any "cuts" should come elsewhere. I definitely want to see OTH Season 8, especially if Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott) and Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer Scott) could be lured back to the show as "regulars", or with frequent "cameo" appearances in Season 8? Here is hoping for both shows to continue?
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May 06, 2010
you have got to be kidding with the cancellation of Damages as its the most intriguiing late night tv series ever. One important factor is the time that it airs does not conflict with any other tv series for recording. Please think about what you guys are doing.

Larz B
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May 06, 2010
Keep V and Flashforward! Drop Cougar Town (not listed I know)
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May 06, 2010
V sucks. That one has to go first.
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May 06, 2010
nooooooooo please keep Lie to me!!!!!!!
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May 06, 2010
Turn my book into a TV show, and you will have a real winner.
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May 06, 2010
pleas at least save chuck heroes human target and flashforward i like v but would choose flashforward over it any day of the and for heavens sake put something on wednesdays i am sick of so called reality shows and americas worst singer (idol) (accept daughtry who should have gotten a record deal well before standing in front of simon cowhole)
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May 06, 2010
Please save Lie to Me, Heroes and One Tree Hill.
Thank you!
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May 06, 2010
Keep Flash Forward AND V I like both for very different reasons but they are both hitting some shaky turf lately, I'd like to see them get the chance they deserve to see if they can pull it together in a second season.

The only other show up there I give a care about is Human Target. I LOVE that show! I'd give up quite a few other shows to keep it. But, if I know Fox.. the fact that I love it is a reason for them to kill it. I don't know what they have against good sci fi shows but they just keep killing them off and keeping the drivel. Please Fox.. just let this one live for once.
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May 06, 2010
Keep FLASHFORWARD!!! Keep LIFE UNEXPECTED!!! Keep Human Target!!! And I like both Trauma and Mercy a lot!!! There's so much wacky crap masquerading as comedy - if the nets want the time slots to try new programs, -- start with all three - Accidentally On Purpose, New Adventures of Old Christine AND Gary Unmarried. What garbage!!!
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May 06, 2010
I am just getting over the loss of ER when Trauma came along. I like this show and wish the "Gods" who over see what they say we should be watching, and give Trauma another in a different time slot on a different day (say Tuesday or Friday or even Saturday) when nothing else is on. The only other shows that should be saved are, Lie to me, Fringe, Numbers, Heroes and all CSI's .We don't have cable or direct t.v, and for regular t.v. these are really good shows. I don't know how I will get over the loss of Trauma if it goes.
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