Tonight is the official start of the 2010-2011 season. I believe there are a total of 24 new shows on the five network this season; a handful of both new and returning shows have already premiered but most will roll out over the next few weeks. Almost exactly a year ago I wrote about the start of the 2009-2010 season and asked for readers to predict the first cancellation of the new season. For the record, it was The Beautiful Life: TBL on The CW. Who remembers that show? What about Accidentally on Purpose on CBS or the aptly titled The Forgotten on ABC?
Looking back to the 2008-2009 season, who remembers Privileged on The CW or Eleventh Hour on CBS? Let’s go back another year to the 2007-2008 season: do Big Shots (ABC), Journeyman (NBC) or Life Is Wild (The CW) ring a bell? I’m sure nobody has forgotten about Viva Laughlin (CBS), television’s latest, disastrous foray into musical drama. The point I’m trying to make is that every new television season brings with it new obscurities. Many of them will be released on DVD, however, so unlike obscurities from decades past at least these shows will live on. The networks will often also make unaired episodes available online.
So what will be this season’s first cancellation? Frankly, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious choice. Maybe ABC’s My Generation, which seems to have a particularly rough time slot. Or either of FOX’s new sitcoms, Raising Hope and Running Wilde, which based solely on previews don’t look very good. Or any of the new shows on Friday: Body of Proof (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS) and Outlaw (NBC), which by the very virtue of being aired on Friday are already at a disadvantage.
What do you think? Hit the comments with your predictions.