It’s here. The 2011-2012 television season officially kicks off tonight. Over the next month or so, the broadcast networks will unveil about 25 new programs. A good number of them will become new obscurities, cancelled before the season runs its course. Some might hang on the entire season. A few might even return next season. But which will be the first to get the axe? Last season, it was Lone Star (FOX). The year before that, it was The Beautiful Life: TBL (The CW).
Frankly, I haven’t been paying as much attention this fall to the new programs as I have in the past. There are a handful of new shows I’m interested in sampling but I don’t have a good sense of the predicted flops. The promos I’ve seen for How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) do not paint it in a good light, but it has a strong lead-in. I have no idea what Suburgatory (ABC) is about, which could point to a problem with marketing. And A Gifted Man (CBS) and Grimm (NBC) both air on Friday, so they are automatically in a weaker position, but expectations may be lower as well.
What do you think will be the first cancellation — and first new obscurity — of the 2011-2012 season?
October 4th, 2011 Update
NBC has canceled The Playboy Club after three very low-rated episodes, making it the first cancellation of the 2011-2012 season.