Attention, TV lovers: The dreaded “bubble season” is upon us, and networks are scrutinizing their lineups, trying to decide which existing series to pick up for the fall season, and which to bag up and toss in the dumpster. A story in today’s Variety notes that the following series are still awaiting their fates, and that ratings from the coming weeks could be a deciding factor: ABC’s Men in Trees, Six Degrees, What About Brian (UGH! Cancel it!), The Knights of Prosperity, According to Jim, and George Lopez; CBS’ Jericho, The Class, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Close to Home, and Rules of Engagement; Fox’s The War at Home, ‘Til Death, Standoff, and newcomers The Winner and The Wedding Bells; the CW’s Veronica Mars, All of Us, and 7th Heaven; and NBC’s 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, Medium, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. (I’d count Scrubs, too, but if NBC doesn’t pick it up for the 2007-2008 season, it appears ABC will.)
There are at least four or five series on the list that are currently on my DVR rotation, but I thought it would be fun to force myself (and all of you) to use this blog item to argue for the renewal of one show — and one show only. So with apologies to Tina Fey and Anne Heche, here goes my pitch:
I was horrified to see my beloved Medium‘sfuture in jeopardy — especially since any ratings decline the show hasexperienced is your own stupid fault. Why couldn’t you have left thesupernatural detective series back in its old Monday at 10 p.m.timeslot, where it would’ve been a perfect lead-out from your breakoutfreshman hit, Heroes? Instead, you gave the position to the incompatible Studio 60, which has squandered Heroes’ big audience (and wasted several hours of my life that I’ll never get back). Not only that, Mediumcontinues to cook up spooky, innovative storylines — like that doozyfrom a few weeks back about the murderous doll — while also serving asthe sweetest, most realistic portrayal of a modern working family onnetwork TV. Did I mention Medium is often a hoot, too, thanksto the versatile Patricia Arquette (pictured), and the adorable Maria Lark asmiddle child Bridgette? Plus NBC, if Variety is right, and it’s gonnacome down to either Medium or Crossing Jordan, just remember which one scored an Emmy for its leading lady.
Okay,now it’s your turn PopWatchers. Pick only one of the above shows andtell us why it deserves to live. Ready, set, advocate!
UPDATE: We’ve enjoyed your recommendations so much that we’ve selected our favorite comments from below and turned them into a photo gallery. Are you paying attention, network execs?