Bubble Watch: What the 'Chuck?' How Can 'V' and 'Fringe' Be Likely to Be Cancelled?

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March 20th, 2011

When it comes to bubble status, like the Renew/Cancel Index we're focusing on the likelihood that a show will be renewed for next season (2011-12).  Certain shows are toss-ups where based on the ratings, the renewal decisions could go either way and not be surprising.

We see crazy fan whining of bias all the time, and I'm sure this week's bubble watch list will prove no exception.  Cue the "you are so biased for Chuck!  How can Fringe and V be likely to be canceled while Chuck still gets some sunshine on the bubble?  #&!* Chuck!"

It's not bias, it's just Chuck is on NBC.  If V was on NBC and pulling the same ratings it gets on ABC, V would not be listed as likely to be canceled. Besides, Chuck fans have no reason to be smug, it hit series lows last week and could certainly slide into "likely to be canceled" territory before the season is over. It could also stay on the bubble the rest of the season and still be canceled.  Such is the nature of the bubble!

Notes for the week:

Off The Map and The Event downgraded to "certain to be canceled"

Lie To Me upgraded to "on the bubble" - given its more procedural nature, its proximity to syndication (relative to Human Target, Fringe and The Chicago Code) and that it is produced by Fox, if Fox needs another show around as schedule spackle, Lie To Me is the most likely candidate.

I downgraded Hellcats to "on the bubble" just so the CW wouldn't feel left out.

Harry's Law upgraded to "likely to be renewed"

NBC announced renewals for Community, The Office and Parks & Recreation.

Family Guy, which was previously listed as "certain to be renewed" is, as the comment lawyers routinely pointed out, "already renewed" through the 2011-12 season.

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Note: only scripted shows that have aired at least one episode are in the table below.

Show Network Status
My Generation ABC Already Canceled
The Whole Truth ABC Already Canceled
Medium CBS Already Canceled
Life Unexpected CW Already Canceled
Lone Star Fox Already Canceled
Running Wilde Fox Already Canceled
The Good Guys Fox Already Canceled
Chase NBC Already Canceled
Outlaw NBC Already Canceled
The Cape NBC Already Canceled
Undercovers NBC Already Canceled
Detroit 1-8-7 ABC Certain To Be Canceled
No Ordinary Family ABC Certain To Be Canceled
Off The Map ABC Certain To Be Canceled
The Defenders CBS Certain To Be Canceled
Traffic Light Fox Certain To Be Canceled
Perfect Couples NBC Certain To Be Canceled
The Event NBC Certain To Be Canceled
Better With You ABC Likely To Be Canceled
Brothers & Sisters ABC Likely To Be Canceled
V ABC Likely To Be Canceled
$#*! My Dad Says CBS Likely To Be Canceled
Mad Love CBS Likely To Be Canceled
Bob's Burgers Fox Likely To Be Canceled
Fringe Fox Likely To Be Canceled
Human Target Fox Likely To Be Canceled
The Chicago Code Fox Likely To Be Canceled
Outsourced NBC Likely To Be Canceled
Mr. Sunshine ABC On The Bubble
Blue Bloods CBS On The Bubble
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior CBS On The Bubble
CSI: Miami CBS On The Bubble
CSI: NY CBS On The Bubble
The Good Wife CBS On The Bubble
Hellcats CW On The Bubble
Lie To Me Fox On The Bubble
Chuck NBC On The Bubble
Law & Order: Los Angeles NBC On The Bubble
Hawaii Five-0 CBS Likely To Be Renewed
Rules of Engagement CBS Likely To Be Renewed
90210' CW Likely To Be Renewed
Gossip Girl CW Likely To Be Renewed
Nikita CW Likely To Be Renewed
One Tree Hill CW Likely To Be Renewed
Harry's Law NBC Likely To Be Renewed
Parenthood NBC Likely To Be Renewed
Desperate Housewives ABC Certain To Be Renewed
Criminal Minds CBS Certain To Be Renewed
CSI CBS Certain To Be Renewed
Mike & Molly CBS Certain To Be Renewed
NCIS: Los Angeles CBS Certain To Be Renewed
The Mentalist CBS Certain To Be Renewed
Supernatural CW Certain To Be Renewed
Vampire Diaries CW Certain To Be Renewed
Bones Fox Certain To Be Renewed
House Fox Certain To Be Renewed
Law & Order: SVU NBC Certain To Be Renewed
Castle ABC Already Renewed
Cougar Town ABC Already Renewed
Grey's Anatomy ABC Already Renewed
Modern Family ABC Already Renewed
Private Practice ABC Already Renewed
The Middle ABC Already Renewed
How I Met Your Mother CBS Already Renewed
NCIS CBS Already Renewed
The Big Bang Theory CBS Already Renewed
American Dad Fox Already Renewed
Family Guy Fox Already Renewed
Glee Fox Already Renewed
Raising Hope Fox Already Renewed
The Cleveland Show Fox Already Renewed
The Simpsons Fox Already Renewed
30 Rock NBC Already Renewed
Community NBC Already Renewed
Parks & Recreation NBC Already Renewed
The Office NBC Already Renewed
Two and a Half Men CBS Already Renewed, But...
Smallville CW Final Season

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