With the distant memory that was the writers' strike slowly fading from the minds of TV viewers, everyone is preparing for the return of their favorite shows. Well, you better take the time to enjoy them because they might not all be coming back in the fall.
Although television will see more returning favorites than usual come September, there are a few shows in jeopardy. Following are the top five shows with uncertain futures and the already safe shows they should replace:Save Jericho
With a fanbase that literally sent peanuts to save this show, CBS gave it a second chance but then cancelled it again. Rumblings are being heard that the show may not quite be dead. If the show does get saved (thanks to cable deals), fans should try watching it instead of sending food to the network.
Kill Prison Break
How many times can these guys escape from jail? Why does Wentworth Miller
wear long sleeves in blistering heat instead of letting the makeup guys paint on his tattoos? There are so many unanswered questions, most of which should remain that way. Let it go Fox. It ran its course. Twice.Save How I Met Your Mother
While critically acclaimed, this sitcom, currently in its third season, has time and again failed to pull in the numbers of other mainstay CBS comedies like Two and a Half Men
. Luckily guest stars like Britney Spears
have bolstered ratings. While many are clamoring to finally have Ted meet the title character, others realize that once that happens, the show ends. Let's wait until season six for the reveal; nobody wants to say goodbye to these characters.
Kill 30 Rock
We get it; Tina Fey
is nerdy and funny and Alec Baldwin
is sarcastic and funny. It's too bad their show isn't constantly funny. The lack of a laugh track highlights the fact that many of the jokes simply aren't that humorous. It's time for "30 Rock" to find a home in reruns on G4 like Arrested Development
did.Save New Adventures of Old Christine
The one consistently laugh-out-loud hilarious show on television keeps getting the midseason treatment from CBS. Rival network ABC has mentioned that they would be happy to take "Christine" off of CBS's hands. With only one night devoted to sitcoms on CBS, space is at a premium. Let "Christine" breathe on a new network, perhaps after the ratings juggernaut that is Dancing with the Stars
Kill Back to You
It's time to pass the torch. While Kelsey Grammer's
daughter is making a name for herself on ABC Family's "Greek
," this former Frasier
star is slowly dirtying his good name and the name of Patricia Heaton
. Maybe it is time for them to make the leap behind the camera.Save Eli Stone
"Eli Stone" is a courtroom drama with heart. Where else can viewers see the guy from Hackers
and Victor Garber
exchange witty barbs back and forth? If television has to have countless courtroom shows on the air, at least give the most creative one a chance. Perhaps it can be paired with Pushing Daisies
, which would be an overload of adorable.
Kill CSI: New York
The current story line deals with an assassin chick who is running around New York with only the CSI team on her tail. David Caruso
may have the market cornered on over the top acting, but "CSI: New York" features the most unbelievable tales on television. This is one procedural spin-off nobody needs.Save Moonlight
It may be a blatant rip-off of Angel
, but that doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable. Fans have taken a page from "Jericho" and organized blood drives to save the show. This is probably a better tactic than sending blood to CBS, which is a punishable offense. Give the show a bit more time to find its groove before driving the stake in it.
The less said about Patricia Arquette's acting ability the better. Like the reasoning for "CSI: New York," television doesn't need more than 36 procedural dramas each week. It's time to trim the dead weight; she should have seen it coming.
Which shows do you want to be saved? Which shows do you want to see killed off like a Lost
character during sweeps? Comment below!
Story by Dan Chruscinski
Starpulse contributing writer