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Renewal Chances for Chuck, Privileged, Dollhouse, Life, and More TV Shows

On the Bubble? Where TV Shows Stand Now

By this time next month, the Fall TV schedule will be set. Starting with NBC in a couple of weeks, each network will piece together its programming slate, including which current series will return and which new pilots will get a shot at success. That means it's crunch time for shows that are "on the bubble," with equally good chances they'll get renewed or canceled. The Hollywood Reporter broke down which series have a good shot at returning and which look dead, and a few tidbits jumped out to me as I read its take:

  • Good news, bad news at the CW. This line set off a rollercoaster of emotions: "Over at the CW, Reaper is gone, while the prospects for Privileged have improved, and the show is now considered for a possible midseason order." Reaper had been holding its own against American Idol, so I'm surprised the CW would dismiss it so quickly, but at least we've gotten two seasons of it. Privileged definitely seems like it deserves another shot — especially if it could air during one of these extended breaks from Gossip Girl.
  • A bunch of shows are really 50/50. Among the ones considered true toss-ups: Chuck (whose chances are said to be hurt by Southland's early success but whose fans are vocal), Dollhouse, and CBS's Without a Trace and Cold Case — of which only one is expected to return.
  • Good news for some midseason shows. Even though none of ABC's midseason shows have been blockbuster hits, Better Off Ted, Castle, and The Unusuals are all considered possibilities to return next year. (Cupid, however, seems dead already.)
  • Say farewell to . . . In addition to Cupid and Reaper, things are reportedly not looking good for Life, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, or Eleventh Hour.

Check out the full story and tell me what you think. How are things looking for your favorites?

Photo courtesy of The CW

ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I LOVE LIFE!!! I seriously think it's one of the smartest shows out there. I will be seriously disappointed if they cancel it, but I wouldn't be surprised since the season finale seemed to wrap a few things up. I wish they'd give it a chance. I love those characters and the plot.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Love love love Chuck and Southland has been impressive thus far. If NBC hadn't made the bonehead move of progamming Leno at 10, they'd be able to keep Chuck. Guaranteed I will NOT be watching NBC at 10 this fall.
sunsmuckers sunsmuckers 8 years
I really like Privileged
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
Better Off Ted has completley surprised me and its hilarious, thanks (mostly) to Portia. i hope they give it more of a chance.
mediapredict mediapredict 8 years
For a rundown on all the probabilities for the Bubble Shows, check out Media Predict. We're a stock market game where people make investments based on what they think will happen in media -- and we're usually right. And yes, we do have "Chuck" coming back next year.... -- MP
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Come on, Chuck was getting similar numbers to Heroes, and they renewed that! Save Chuck!
smileyyy123 smileyyy123 8 years
Life is the best show on television right now! I've officially become the "Life" Online Cheerleader - must-save for NBC.
ElenaEv ElenaEv 8 years
Oh come on already! Give Cupid a chance!
catko catko 8 years
Please help save Reaper. The Hollywood Reporter is saying it's dead, but early reports declared a premature death for the show last year too. There has been no official word from the CW yet, and they will never know you want the show to stay if you don't tell them. All info here:
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Chuck MUST come back! what can we do to make it happen!!!!!?!?!?!
romes romes 8 years
I really like LIFE. It's a great show. I like Castle and Southland. I don't understand that they would go with Southland which has only had two or three episodes so far. Especially, with Leno taking over the 10:00 time slot.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
I want privileged to come back, I love that show.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
NBC would be on my poo list if they got rid of Chuck. it was awesome tonight. and that was an intentional 'awesome.'
kaykayelle kaykayelle 8 years
Privileged definitely seems like one of those shows that would have an amazing second season. It already started coming into its own by the end of the first. I hope hope hope it returns.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Sarah Connor Chronicles was one of the best shows I've ever seen. It compares to LOST. Oh well.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
i'm really pulling for Privileged...i didn't even realize they could decide so soon on Better Off Ted, but I love it...Portia was definitely missing from the tv lineup...she is fabulous...and the humor is unlike anything else I've seen lately, which, of course, means it's ripe for cancellation
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 8 years
I hope Dollhouse and Castle stay and even though there is little chance, I still have a tiny bit of hope for T:SCC, or maybe just really wishful thinking. None of the other show interest me at all.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 8 years
Awh, goodbye Reaper ! :'(
catstarr catstarr 8 years
Chuck has GOT to be saved...... it's seriously awesome.
aembry396 aembry396 8 years
Chuck needs to be saved and I really wanted Cupid to go for a full seaon, it was so cute!
emalove emalove 8 years
Honestly, none of these shows interest me too much...
susanec susanec 8 years
Chuck is a great show in an impossible time slot. Losing 5 hours of programming wasn't really a great idea (and seriously, we need good, smart, scripted shows with all the reality dreck). Chuck needs to come back. Am also loving Better Off Ted.
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
Dollhouse being on the chopping block does not surprise me. I'm still not sure why Whedon agreed to work with Fox again. Chuck does surprise me. I hope it stays.
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