Cancellation Watch: 5 New Shows in Jeopardy

by | October 2, 2010 at 10:00 AM | TV News

'Undercovers' (Photo: NBC)

'Undercovers' (Photo: NBC)


This hasn’t been the best of fall seasons. I knew going in that none of the pilots really ‘popped,’ but there’s always something to surprise you. Like ‘S#*! My Dad Says’ still being on the air, while ‘Lone Star’ is DOA.

And Fox’s flop is hardly the only dud on the dial. ABC pulled the plug Friday on the low-rated ‘My Generation,’ and there are several other new struggling series that could be in danger of getting yanked too.

Here are the top (or bottom?) 5 programs in jeopardy:

~NBC’s ‘Undercovers‘: The spy drama had so much going for it: a J.J. Abrams (‘Lost,’ ‘Alias’) pedigree; gorgeous stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw; a ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ vibe … but so far it simply lacks sizzle: In week 2, it slipped another 25% from its already underperforming season premiere to a lackluster 7 million viewers. I spy disaster.

~Fox’s ‘Running Wilde‘: The Fox comedy about a spoiled millionaire from ‘Arrested Development’ vets, creator Mitchell Hurwitz and actors Will Arnett and David Cross, lacks the charm, wit and um, laughs, of its cult-hit predecessor. Both ‘Wilde’ and Fox’s other new comedy, ‘Raising Hope,’ have the benefit of the winning ‘Glee’ leading the way. While there’s a lot of ‘Hope’ for one (7.48 million), viewers aren’t ‘Wilde’ about the other (4.7 million).

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~NBC’s ‘Outlaw‘: No one likes seeing TV veteran Jimmy Smits in a stinker, but the poorly reviewed drama (from Conan O’Brien’s production company) should be ‘Outlawed.’ There was a Friday Night Smackdown between Returning Favorites Smits and fellow TV fave Tom Selleck, who stars in CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods.’ In the face-off at 10 p.m., ‘Magnum’ drew first ‘Blood’–12.8 million viewers vs. 5 million viewers for the ‘Outlaw.’

~ABC’s ‘The Whole Truth‘: Legal eagles Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney are trapped in ABC’s most cursed time slot–Wednesdays at 10 p.m.–where the network has struggled for years to make a show stick. The Jerry Bruckheimer legal drama is also hampered by being out of sync with the night’s comedy line-up that airs before it. Here’s the ‘Truth’: it pulled just 4.7 million in its second airing with a paltry 1.1 rating, and got trounced by the two other law-themed dramas in the hour, NBC’s ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ (10.52 mil.) and CBS’ ‘The Defenders’ (10.38 mil.). This case may be closed before we even get to next week’s trial.

~NBC’s ‘Outsourced‘: While the ratings haven’t been too tragic for the sitcom about an American running a call center in India, that doesn’t mean the show, criticized for mining laughs out of stereotypes, is safe. On a night of cult comedy cleverness in the NBC sitcom line-up, ‘Outsourced’ sticks out like a sore thumb.

Have you checked out any of these new shows? What do you think, like ‘em or leave ‘em? Are any worth saving?