If shows were kept around based on their quality, television would be unrecognizable. Unfortunately, great shows are often rewarded by throwing them out on the curb as the business is cruel to those that can't find audiences. Another round of eliminations is just around the corner, and these shows are in danger of being sent packing. But do any of them have a chance at survival?
It doesn't look like The Unit will be doing any more tours. The drama has been left off CBS' schedule after four years on air. Also on the outs were a pair of NBC shows: My Name is Earl and Medium. However, they may find a new home.
Chuck Bartowski, you sly dog, you! While fans of NBC's Chuck hold onto hope for the show's renewal, common sense, history, and number-crunching led most to believe that the action-comedy was doomed. But as is the case with any good spy story, things aren't always what they seem.
Salvation, thy name is TBS. Fans of My Name is Earl have been wearing black since NBC announced it wasn't picking up the show for a fifth season. But it may be time to break out the flannel once again, as TBS is reportedly in discussions to pick the show up for its schedule.
Chuck fans--prepare to feel that same queasiness in your stomach that My Name is Earl fans felt a little over a year ago. Zachary Levi, who plays the affable accidental spy on NBC's Chuck, has signed on to co-star in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
CBS has found beauty in Fugly, ordering a pilot for an old script from the creator of My Name Is Earl.
The project revolves around three homely siblings in North Carolina--identical twin sisters and a brother--who pool their inheritance to buy one of the sisters an extreme makeover. The three then move to Hollywood with dreams of profiting off her newfound good looks.
"What I love about the show is that it's about a family that's always been on the outside looking in, watching other people being successful," said creator Greg Garcia. "They ultimately decide that they need to be beautiful to achieve their dreams."
Similarly to Earl--which was twice turned down by Fox in 2003 before NBC brought it back during the 2004-05 development season--Garcia wrote Fugly for Fox during the same 2004-05 season, but the script was not ...Read more
Won't someone think of the children? Well, someone is, and they're pissed off at television.
The Parents Television Council has released the results of its latest look into the state of network prime-time television programming, and according to the nonprofit, TV is plagued with potty-mouths, soaked in sexually charged innuendo, and gushing with gratuitous violence.
The conservative group, which says its mission is "to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry," was scathing in its criticism of "family hour" programming. In a statement, PTC president Tim Winter said, "Our study clearly demonstrates that corporate interests have hijacked the Family Hour from families." Winter continued, "Shockingly, [the PTC's findings] shows that parents cannot trust what is on during the so-called Family Hour for even a minute."
The study looked at last season ...Read more
Earl Hickey's life has been full of poor choices and mistakes, but after winning a small lottery jackpot he has an epiphany and vows to change his ways. Upon discovering that he is the holder of a winning ticket, Earl is hit by a car and the ticket blows out of his limp hand as he lies unconscious in the street. While recovering in the hospital and watching television, Earl has a karmic epiphany, thanks to Carson Daly, who attributes his success to doing good for others. A light bulb goes off in Earl's dim head and he sets out to right every wrong he has done starting with a grade school geek. The series won 5 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Pilot, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series - Joy's Wedding, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Pilot and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Jaime Pressly.moreless