In news that makes us say, “Thank God,” because we don’t have to do reviews on these horrible shows that we actually did suffer through for our readers, How To Be A Gentleman and Charlie’s Angels have both been canceled by CBS and ABC, respectively. So, in lieu of the reviews that never happened, we will say that both of these shows were horrible and we will not miss them. On the upside for fans of the moderately popular and successful Rules of Engagement (not us), it will not be airing on Saturday night as was originally planned but will be moving back to the highly coveted lead-out of The Big Bang Theory spot of Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. As an aside, we don’t care about Rules of Engagement but seriously, how stupid was it to choose How to be a Gentleman over Rules of Engagement? That show was on its own level of horrible.
Also not surprising, last week the American adaptation of the popular BBC show, Free Agents was canceled by NBC, as well. We liked Free Agents but we didn’t see it having much of a future after the first week’s ratings. In related news, TNT has also canceled Memphis Beat after two seasons, The CW has mercifully canceled the repugnant H8R and NBC has ended the faux-controversial yet increasingly lame propagandist piece, The Playboy Club.
Now to the positives and we’re just going to list who the big winners are, so far (for right now, anyway, until someone decides to cancel them). Unless otherwise indicated, all of the shows listed have received a full-season order.
- Up All Night – NBC
- Whitney – NBC
- Revenge – ABC
- Ringer – The CW
- Hart of Dixie – The CW
- The Secret Circle – The CW
- Suburgatory – ABC
- New Girl – FOX
- 2 Broke Girls – CBS
- Strike Back – Cinemax (renewed for second season)
- Boardwalk Empire – HBO (renewed for third season)
- Sons of Anarchy – F/X (renewed for fifth season)
- The Simpsons – FOX (renewed for two more seasons after current season)
- Prime Suspect – NBC (six more scripts ordered)
- Harry’s Law – NBC (six more scripts ordered)
- Happy Endings -ABC (six more scripts ordered)
We can’t say that we’re particularly surprised at any of the results right now except with the exception of Whitney which may be the second worst sitcom ever aired. What is refreshing, though, is that the networks seem to be committing pretty early and a lot more is being kept, at least in the short-term, than was last year.