San Francisco Chronicle critic and TV columnist Tim Goodman is starting the "Dear networks, please renew!" lobbying early:
So let's make this easy: Dear Fox, TNT and ABC. Please renew "," "Trust Me" and "Life on Mars." These are high-quality shows. They are entertaining. Better yet, from a critical standpoint, they are meeting their potential - trending up, if you will. All of this despite your current or near-future tinkering.
-- "" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox but shifts to 8 p.m. on March 4. Let's hope the fans figure that out.
-- "Trust Me" follows cable's most popular series, "," and there's a gigantic drop-off of viewers from there, making the meager numbers of "Trust Me" all the more glaring. But those shows are not compatible. It's a programming mistake; this series needs to be nurtured in the appropriate spot, not penalized for failing to hold onto viewers from TNT's highest-rated show.
-- "Life on Mars" had a nearly two-month gap between its seventh and eighth episodes - and when it came back it was on a different night.
So far, things are looking really good for , but admittedly that is before it changes time slots. Things were already turning south for Life on Mars, and last Wednesday, things took a turn for the worse.
It's much harder for us to handicap cable show renewals but as Goodman notes, Trust Me has quite a drop off from , and perhaps worse for the week ending February 8, it was TNT's thirteenth most watched program. It trailed both the initial airing and a rerun of Gifted Hands: Ben Carson, Leverage, two repeat airings of Shrek, three reruns of Law & Order and both the Thursday night (that was the Lakers/Celtics matchup) and the pregame.