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fall 2012: tv shows that will be (or should be) cancelled

Last year, we accurately predicted that shows like Work It, The Playboy Club and Pan Am would flop. We didn’t understand the appeal of Revenge (that has since changed) and doubted Whitney (that will NEVER change), but we can begrudgingly admit that we were wrong and they’ve both successfully secured a second season. The following new shows are a mix of those we want to see cancelled immediately and those we don’t think have a chance in hell of making it past an episode or two. Two things of note: NBC clearly failed to impress us and yes, Chicago Fire and Elementary are considered picks to win and fail. We’re fickle like that.

Go On

“I want to like this one because of the love affair I began with Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on Friends, but his last attempt Mr. Sunshine didn’t work out. Here’s hoping Perry can make his comeback, but I don’t think this is it, (here’s hoping!)”kris10alyse

Premieres on NBC, September 11th (Tuesday) @ 9/8c

Animal Practice

“Being toted as a “House-esqe + monkey” does not sound like a winner to me. This added to the fact that people know it solely as “that one show NBC showed after the Olympics instead of Muse and The Who” will equal very low ratings in my book.”emilymorita

“With every annoying Animal Practice commercial interrupting the Olympic coverage (including their Gabby Douglas/gymnastic monkey commercial gaffe), I started to hate this show a little bit more. I’m hoping the rest of America agrees with me on this one.” –nmnelson

“The one with the monkey. The one that interrupted the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony. Yeah, good luck, show. You’re going to need it.”saidhayley

“I love Justin Kirk (Andy Botwin, Weeds). He’s funny, quirky even. Coupling all that quirk with Annie’s Boobs was a cute idea, but not quite enough to convince me that this show wont’ end up being a mark on Kirk’s record as well as another bad decision to go along with all the other bad decisions NBC seems to enjoy making.”nicolewritenow

Premieres on NBC, September 26th (Wednesday) @ 8/7c

Do No Harm

“I just hate the picture they use in the ad, therefore I will root for this to fail. I’m petty like that.”kris10alyse

Premieres on NBC, Winter 2013 (Sundays)

Chicago Fire

“Yes, this is a Dick Wolf show and those tend to have some longevity. However, this is also NBC. They have a special talent for making me fall in love a show and then cancelling it after one season. After after they cancelled my faves Trauma and Mercy, I’ve learned not to grow too attached to anything.” –nmnelson

Premieres on NBC, October 10th (Wednesday) @ 10/9c

The Mob Doctor

“I like Jordan Spiro and I thought this could be a good pick for fall. But I thought it would be a comedy…not so much.” kris10alyse

Premieres on FOX, September 17th (Monday) @ 9/8c

Elementary

“It seems that CBS wants to compete with BBC’s award-winning Sherlock by adding a few twists of their own: modern setting! A female Watson! I’ll have to agree with the Brits on this one: let’s keep it classy, with a few modern twists. There’s nothing worse than having an adapting so different from the original that the only thing that remains the same as the original are the names.”emilymorita

CBS has essentially taken the entire concept of BBC’s Sherlock (complete with modern retelling and snarky lead), imported it to New York City, and changed the affable John Watson to eye-rolling Lucy Liu. I just dislike this on principle. Maybe it will be good. Maybe what we really, really need is another “unorthodox” pairing of a male and female crime-fighting team. Maybe.”saidhayley

Premieres on CBS, September 27th (Thursday) @ 10/9c

Beauty and the Beast

“This show is being marketed as “a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.” Plus a beast? And of a course a pretty girl who is both a braniac and a bad ass. Of course. I can’t run away from this show fast enough.”saidhayley

“When Beauty and the Beast was a TV show in the late 80s, it did well, we’re talking cult classic status. This won’t be like that. This will fail. The only saving grace is that it will fail on a network where shows like this are expected.”nicolewritenow

Premieres on The CW, October 11th (Thursday) @ 9/8c

 

Want to know what shows you should check out? These are our picks for the new fall season.

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fall 2011: new shows we won’t be watching

We will watch a lot of things and are the first people to admit that sometimes those shows aren’t exactly Emmy-material (*cough* Jersey Shore *cough*). But there are some shows that are so spectacularly senseless we refuse to even give them a one-episode pity view. The blame could fall on shoddy marketing efforts on the show’s behalf or disastrous looking previews. We might even be inclined to dismiss a new show because we don’t like the lead actor/actresses (it has happened and we’re not proud of that, but we have to stand by those petty decisions).

As we’ve covered, there are some fall shows that look great and others that we think won’t make it past the first few episodes, but the shows that made this list we just don’t plan on watching. Ever. Unless they become hits….at which point we’ll offer a formal apology and perhaps even jump on the bandwagon….but we’re confident it won’t come to that….ever.

11 New Shows We Don’t Plan on Watching

Hart of Dixie – The CW
Missing – ABC
Smash – NBC
Unforgettable – CBS
Man Up – ABC
Allen Gregory – Fox
Suburgatory – ABC
Napoleon Dynamite – Fox
A Gifted Man – CBS
H8R –The CW
The Secret Circle – The CW

New Show I Definitely Won’t Watch by Nicole…“H8R”

We’ll start with the name: H8R. In the show’s defense, I probably wouldn’t have liked Hater any better, but text abbreviations have their time and place, and a show title is neither of those. The show plays on our obsession with celebrities. Every day people (just like you and me!) are confronted by the celebrities they hate and during this “confrontation” the celebrity tries to win their “h8r” over. AC Slater…er…sorry…Mario Lopez is the host AND executive producer (I’ll let you do with that whatever you please).

Overall the show looks like something MTV might have thrown on its afternoon programming back when TRL reigned supreme. The celebrities that keep popping up in the promos are Snooki and Kim Kardashian, which works since they are hated by so many people, but I can’t help but feel that it’s going to turn into a tear-fest when these women (and whatever other celebrities this show plans to have) try and win the favor of the fans that hate them. It’s a waste. The people that invest time and energy into hating celebrities are too busy doing that to faithfully watch a show that calls them out on it.

I say all of that to simply say this: the show looks dumb and the name of the show is even dumber. I know the CW sometimes takes a ‘throw it in the air and see if it flies’ approach to programming (Example A: The Beautiful Life) so I’m sure they’re hoping for a hit. Unfortunately for whatever new show that could have had that time slot, they don’t.

New Show I Definitely Won’t Watch by Will…“Hart of Dixie”

I have never been a fan of Rachel Bilson’s acting per se but I don’t mind her just showing up every now and then. But if you’re going to try and sell me on the fact that the girl from those anti-awesome Magnum Ice Cream commercials is headlining the new CW show Hart of Dixie then I hope you have more than a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.

The “big city meets small town” dynamic has been done countless times and I’m not dismissing the show for that sole purpose. I just don’t think Bilson has what it takes to lead the cast and have me setting the DVR to tune in weekly – especially when House is in the same time slot and, possibly, in its final season. Positioning the new show behind a successful show (Gossip Girl) with a similarly targeted demographic is a great strategic move to get some carry-over views.

I think the show will make it through the season and even be picked up for another season on the CW. The hardcore viewers of the network seem to faithfully tune in to their dramas even when sometimes we…uh…they feel a show may have overstayed their welcome. Here’s looking at you OTH.

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fall 2011: tv shows most likely be cancelled…according to tvdm

We’ve seen so many shows come and go. Sometimes we called it before the first episode and other times we just place our bet on the wrong horse (R.I.P. Hellcats). This fall season we have our picks for shows we are pretty sure will be cancelled. If we’re wrong, we’ll admit it (the TVDM crew is nothing if not humble). But if we’re not, we’ll celebrate just how right we were all along (but not that humble).

11 New Shows That Will Probably Fail (in no particular order)

Revenge – ABC
The Playboy Club – NBC
I Hate My Teenage Daughter – Fox
The River – ABC
Whitney – NBC
Pan Am – ABC
Re-Modeled – The CW
How To Be a Gentleman – CBS
Charlie’s Angels – ABC
Apartment 23 – ABC
Awake – NBC
Work It –ABC

Voted Most Likely to Fail by Will…”Work It”

Brita has a filtration system, right? It helps keep all the disgusting and harmful content from our (most needed resource) water. I feel as though network television heads needed to install a similar system before this upcoming fall season to protect our (second most needed resource) TV. I know that network executives are always in search of “The Next Big Thing” but what person on the right side of sanity would give Work It the green light?!

We have two friends struggling with unemployment and after discussing options over drinks in a bar – which is exactly where this show should have ended – decide that dressing up as women will help them get back into the workforce. Searching for typographical errors yet? Well there are none.

Living a double-life has never been so idiotic in my book. Do it for something sexy like hiding from a homicidal past as a mob hit-man or because you just so happen to be Superman, ya know? I can just hear the stale jokes from recycled plot lines now. It would be fine on a segment for a weekly sketch show but thinking that this could survive an entire season is outright foolish.

Poor Amaury Nolasco, I guess times really are tough when you break out of prison…

Voted Most Likely to Fail by Nicole…”Charlie’s Angels”

Charlie’s Angels (the original series) ran for five years and was revamped as three equally decent (just decent, not great or horrible) movies. The most memorable of these Angels were hands down Farah Fawcett (her character only had a significant role for one reason) and Jacyln Smith (her character was the only Angel that was on every season of the series). ABC has decided to reboot the series for its fall 2011 lineup and it couldn’t look more boring.

The actresses are all gorgeous in their own ways, but when compared to the TV/movie Angels we’ve already seen, they seem…lackluster. You can tell from the previews that ABC wants this show to come off as exciting, but they aren’t generating much of a buzz. The formula is basically the same and the only twist is that these three Angels have “seedy” backgrounds. Is that enough for today’s audience? Doubtful. Viewers expect a lot from their dramas and what TV execs should know by now is that we also require more than a franchise name to peek our interest.

Maybe the grrrl-power appreciators and fans of the Charlie’s Angels franchise will be enough to push this show through a few episodes. But in reality….probably not.

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