"Goodbye to you
Goodbye to everything I thought I knew
You were the one I love
The one thing that I tried to hold on to"
Oh, Michelle Branch, the words you sing are so simple and yet so true.
It's that time of year as the death knells toll on shows throughout the land. It's time to bid farewell to the clunkers, to the cult classics, to the shows that we didn't even know about. Some got a quick death - Viva Laughlin, quarterlife - others had a lingering death. Thanks to information from the Futon Critic, TV Squad and TV Guide.com, here is your listing of those shows not long for this world or awaiting a final diagnosis:
No matter how many nuts Jericho fans can scrounge up, CBS announced this week that Tuesday will be the final episode of Jericho, the little show that could. It marks one of the most successful fan campaigns ever (though I recall the Roswell and Farscape efforts as just as large-scale and even more successful on some counts - Roswell got a whole third season and Farscape got a two-hour movie and webisodes) and has inspired other insane fans around the Internet.
Also on the chopping block are Kid Nation (my bet is that this show gets grounded, permanently), Cane (again, I suspect this won't be able to return) and Welcome to the Captain (buh-bye captain!). Those with fates to be determined are:
- The Unit (total unknown to me)
- Power of 10 (probably back)
- How I Met Your Mother (perpetually on the bubble, but I'm betting we'll have another year to wonder who the mother is)
- Moonlight (if this doesn't come back, I'm taking a long walk in the sunlight. Yes, that's a pseudo-suicidal threat)
- Rules of Engagement and The New Adventures of Old Christine (these two will be in a battle to the death. I think only one will be back to the CBS comedy block)
Over at ABC, things are just as scatter shot. The Sex and the City clone, Cashmere Mafia has been wacked, Big Shots was taken behind the barn, Carpoolers has stalled out and Cavemen failed to evolve into a hit (OK, enough with the puns, I promise). Also among the dead and dying are Notes from the Underbelly, October Road and Men in Trees. No definitive word on Eli Stone (it's done well as a Lost lead-out but probably not as well as ABC would have liked), Women's Murder Club (I'm betting on gone), Miss Guided (it's been messed around and barely even made it on the schedule - 50/50 odds).
The Peacock network hasn't made any enemies in my house (my cat and I are forces to be reckoned with). Its cancellations include the anemic Bionic Woman and troublesome Journeyman, the fluffy Las Vegas (I'll miss the eye candy and not much else) and SATC-wannabe Lipstick Jungle. Friday Night Lights is supposed to be super close to safe, but not so for others:
- 30 Rock (NBC head Ben Silverman seems to idolize this show and it's critically acclaimed. Pretty much a given it'll be back)
- ER (ratings are dropping for the aging former darling of the network, 50/50 shot for this one)
- 1 vs. 100
- Clash of the Choirs
- Scrubs (might shuffe off to ABC for the next 18 eps, which is fine with me)
- Law and Order (I don't think this show is going anywhere, but people are getting tired of the original edition of the franchise)
And Fox, oh killer of genre shows and other loveliness, has already kicked K-Ville and Nashville to the curb. Canterbury's Law was shuffled to Fridays and I'm sure that, along with Amy Sherman-Palladino's disastrous The Return of Jezebel James are both out the door (UPDATE: Ms. James is officially gone). Uncertain are the fates of Unhitched (guessing out) and New Amsterdam (wishing and hoping and praying that it's in). Back to You is balancing precariously on the bubble.
And, because I'm a scifi geek, I must also announcement tragic passing of The 4400 from USA, Blood Ties from Lifetime and The Dresden Files and (almost certainly) Flash Gordon from the SciFi channel. Fan campaigns abound this time of year.
Check back with updates as they appear. Final word on many shows won't come until there are ratings for the final episodes air in April or the May upfronts at the latest. You'll know the fates of Moonlight and New Amsterdam by the spastic cheers/howls of torment echoing from somewhere on Findlay's north side.