Congratulations, Raising Hope. You've been renewed for a second season!
In advance of its session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour (the TCAs), Fox has dished out a second-season order for the comedy. It's the first such order this season for one of 2010's new shows.
And because it just landed the first second-season order for one of the fall season's new shows, we're naturally inclined to wonder which sparkly, fresh, new programs will be next to secure life into next year. It hasn't been a great year for newbies, with only a handful that could be considered hits. Let's take a look at the possible contenders (shows that started in the fall, not midseason entries), network by network.
ABC has already swept My Generation and The Whole Truth into the dustbin, and the dismal failure Skating with the Stars should be next. That leaves No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, and Better With You, all of which seem like coin flips at the moment. Detroit 1-8-7 has the worst numbers of the bunch, and it's become the lost child of ABC's new lot. All three shows are in danger.
Without a doubt, we'll be seeing a second season of Hawaii Five-O—we're just waiting on CBS to announce it, and that could happen this Friday. CBS will likely also give Mike & Molly a second go-round. Blue Bloods, The Defenders, and $#*! My Dad Says are all up in the air.
The CW has Nikita and Hellcats to make decisions on, and honestly, I have no idea what their chances are. Does anyone ever really know with The CW?
With Lone Star, The Good Guys, and Running Wilde already canceled, the network's only returning new show will be Raising Hope. Fox ain't messin' around.
NBC's lineup is the one with the most question marks, which is hardly surprising given its current state of "under construction." Law & Order: Los Angeles looks like the only NBC program that's definitely safe. Chase, The Event, and Outsourced are the network's bubble shows, but I think only Outsourced will return now that NBC is expanding its Thursday night comedy block to three hours. Let's just hope we learn what the frickin' "event" is before that show goes dark. Previously canceled: Outlaw and Undercovers.
Do you agree with my predictions? Which shows do you think will return, and which show do you think will get the axe?
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