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


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 TV.com 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.


THE RULES

– 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! 


TIPS & STRATEGIES

– 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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Super Fun Night is dead and I got 5 out of 5, to quote Mikey "BOOYAHKASHAW!!!!!!"
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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
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4/5 with The Goldbergs getting a renewal. Much better than last year's picks.
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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?
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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!!
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Congrats, WTG JulianaLujan! It was really a hard year to pick losers from this pack.
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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?
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damn it dads. DAMN IT.
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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!
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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.
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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 TV.com 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!
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Not looking good, better luck next year for me
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1 out of 5 damn dads got a full season how it that possible
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3 out of 5 im doing better than last year
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Oh man I had no idea we are men was canceled so that is 1 out of 5 but Brooklyn nine nine just got a full episode order so I totally lost in my predictions this year well there is always next year
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C'mon Super Fun Night Dads Betrayal, c'mon... oh well, at least I got two, lol
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4 out of 5 so far. Sean saves the world is somehow holding on preventing me from the 5 :(
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I lost lol
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3 so far! This is the most right picks I've ever gotten!
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Well it's over for me...I heard that ABC don't have any plans to cancel Betrayal and FOX added more scripts for Dads.
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I was so close! I had too much faith in WTTF. I didn't expect it to be great, but I thought it'd outlast these shows.
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I've got three down but looks like I should have picked Lucky Seven, instead of the Goldberg's. Damn there was just too many crappy shows this year, maybe they should have made it harder by having us pick the winners instead, LOL.
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4 down one more to go. Come on super fun night that show isn't very good.
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2 down but all is lost thanks to the Millers....
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2 down, 3 to go .... here's hoping betrayal, mom and trophy wife are next... I hate them , but unfortunately, ppl are watching them lol ...damn it !!
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2 right so far! I saw 'Sean Saves the World' and hated it, so cheesy, so, fingers crossed its gone soon.
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2 out of 2 so far, i doubt abc will cancel goldberg's soon, apparently it is doing well
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2 for 2
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2/2 so far but now in the same boat as qbe below.
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2 for 2, Betrayal looks like a lock too. I'm concerned that NBC won't cancel both Welcome to the Family and Sean saves the world. Other than Community, I don't know if they have a second show to add to the block.
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1 win for me :) We are Men
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2 for 2 so far.....
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gosh i suck at this game haha
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Yay, I got one so far.. wish I'd chosen lucky 7!
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Two for two so far...
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*woot*

2 Down

*Sean/Gus happy dance* ^_^
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yes!! thats 2 down! now fingers crossed for the others! Though I think Super Fun Night isn't going anywhere!
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We are men just got cancelled, put all my faith in Dads. Fool.
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Well I got one right, but I hope I don't get two of my choices correct. I saw Sean Saves the World with low expectations and it was pretty good. I also picked Mom and although it's still ok, I still find it enjoyable. I did see the Millers and although I do love the cast the show is not very good, in my opinion. But I like giving shows a second and third try to catch my attention so who knows.
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Yes, I have Lucky 7! I can't be the only one who remembers Windfall from like a decade ago? I knew history would repeat itself.
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damn it!!! I had all the intentions to put Lucky 7 and Betrayal on my Death list, but for some reason I totally forgot about them!! (that should've been a sign)... oh well... so far all my picks are not doing great on the ratings department
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Lucky 7 was so far beneath my radar I didn't even have it on as a cancellation. In my mind it didn't even exist. Oh well... there goes my deadpool....
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BYE BYE LUCKY 7...
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We have almost similar list! And I regret on putting Dads on mine! But I think Super Fun Night will survive it and instead Welcome to the Family will go down!
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Bye bye lucky 7. Not so lucky.
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Yes, excellent, my plan to get rid of mediocre television is moving forward quite nicely... Ironside got the same 1.3 rating as Lucky 7, so I'm hoping that wheelchair bites the dust soon. But as for the comedies, it's hard to tell what'll stay and what'll go.
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One done 4 to go
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Guess im not the only one :)
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I had Lucky 7. Got it right for once!
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I picked lucky 7! I shocked I got one right.
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So for people who picked Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist, that means they are out of the competition?
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1 of 5 so far! Sorry Lucky 7
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