Monday, May 4, 2009

What's Up, Chuck? -- Canceled and Renewed Shows Update

Chuck Bartowski Zachary Levi Chuck screencaps photos pictures images screengrabs capsLooks like we'll all have to wait for the fate of Chuck, as well as NBC drama staples Medium and Law & Order. All three shows are still on the bubble, and NBC won't be letting us know their fate until May 19, according to both Zap2It and (Although Worst Previews reports Medium was picked up over the weekend, so our favorite ghost whisperer may be back after all.)

What NBC did decide on for sure is that Heroes, Southland, and Parks and Recreation will be back. Heroes is a hot mess this season, with just a few flickers of promise, but apparently it does well overseas and is worth it to NBC to keep. reported a huge ratings slippage for Southland over the course of a month, but apparently the network thinks it's still a good gamble. I wish they would have gambled on Kings instead.

My Name is Earl is still up in the air, but if canceled, word is that FOX might pick it up. The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, and Celebrity Apprentice are all renewed. Coincidentally, I don't watch any of these shows. Apparently I am just not in tune with the average Nielsen TV viewer.

Damian Lewis Detective Charlie Crews finale Life One plus one equals one love screencaps photos pictures images screengrabs stills caps
The biggest hearbreak of all is losing Life. I'm not sure why this Damian Lewis/Sarah Shahi detective/mystery/dark comedy story didn't take off the way The Mentalist has. Part of it can be blamed on the writers' strike that interrupted Life's first season, and it's somewhat darker and odder tone may have also contributed. When you can't slap a simple label on a show, it's harder to sell to an audience. While The Mentalist straddles a couple different genres, it still has a basic format of crime solving procedural each week, so it's easier for the average viewer to grasp.

The only good news is that Life at least got a proper ending, with one of the finest episodes of TV drama I've ever seen on television. There's enough quality and foundation there to get out a decent film if they wanted to, and I'd love to see it.

I'll keep you posted on this year's network upfronts news as I hear it.

PHOTOS: Zachary Levi as Chuck on Chuck, c2009 College Hill Pictures, NBC and Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews on Life, c2009 NBC.

1 comment:

  1. I'm thinking this waiting is to toreture us fans. I'm still wondering why NBC is against reruns. I don't think I've ever seen a rerun of Heroes or Chuck. They could be showing reruns to generate new fans for these shows, but instea they stick another hour of Deal or no deal. *SIGH* I don't understand what the deal iswith that show.

    On the other hand, with no Chuck tonigh, I checked out The Big Bang Theory, which was quite funny. Heven forbid Chuck gets cancelled, I think I may have found its replacement.

    The waiting is no fun, though. If they're gonan cancel it, just do it. Or they could do the douche Friday Night Lights move and put it solely on Direct TV and no one can see it unless they have DTV until they decide to put the episodes on NBC.

    time will tell, though.



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