Decision time for US dramas
America will soon be deciding what lives and dies. Here's a round-up of what may follow...
America is fast approaching decision time for a number of series that air in Australia.
Not all shows that haven’t been renewed yet are in jeopardy: For such series as CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, which traditionally gets picked up at the last minute, and ABC’s Ugly Betty, the orders are just a formality.
But that can’t be said for a dozen or so other series anxiously awaiting their fate.
CBS has the most, including a quartet of long-running procedurals — Without a Trace, Cold Case, Numb3rs and The Unit — along with Eleventh Hour.
For all of them — especially the two oldest, Warner Bros. TV/Bruckheimer’s Trace and Case — the decision is tied to the shows’ economics, as the network pays most or all of the production costs at this point. Both are considered 50/50 right now, with one of the two expected to come back.
Numb3rs looks good to return for a sixth season, as does Ghost Whisperer, which would enter its fifth cycle.
The prospects for Eleventh Hour, about to debut on Nine in Australia, meanwhile, do not look good. Unit also had been considered unlikely to come back, but in a hopeful sign, executive producer Shawn Ryan has been asked by the network to present ideas for a fifth season.
At FOX, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is considered all but gone, while Dollhouse’s chances are 50/50.
Chuck is still performing marginally despite a strong fan base. Medium, is said to have slightly better odds to return than Chuck, while the quirky cop drama Life is expected to join Kath & Kim as cancelled.
Meanwhile, the original Law & Order series is expected to return for a record-tying 20th season, matching the run of Gunsmoke.
Source: Hollywood Reporter