EW?s fall TV cancellation predictions
Sure, it’s fun to guess which of the 36 new fall series will rise to the top, but what everyone’s dying to know is…which will tank first? Here’s a status report on each network’s dubious candidates, based on interviews with industry insiders.
WIND ON WATER (NBC)
After previewing this Bo Derek-in-Hawaii series, ad buyers gave it a perfect 10 — out of 100. ”It’s well photographed and has a good-looking cast…that’s all,” says Steve Sternberg, a senior partner at TN Media.
It is an NBC Studios production, which is why The Single Guy lasted two seasons.
VENGEANCE UNLIMITED (ABC)
This muddled Equalizer-ish serial inherits the net’s cursed Thursday-at-8 slot. ”It’s certainly the clunker in ABC’s schedule and it’ll be their lowest-rated show,” says Ron Fredrick, a senior partner at ad agency J. Walter Thompson.
A new time slot, a bouncier premise — nah, just forget it.
TO HAVE & TO HOLD (CBS)
This Boston-based cop-and-lawyer show has less chemistry than Marcia Clark and Mark Fuhrman. Up against Party of Five and The Drew Carey Show, it should do a bang-up job of attracting…elderly Bean Town women?
”Make some decisions. Is it a romantic comedy or drama? Right now, it’s a bore,” says Gary Carr, of Ammirati Puris Lintas.
The shrill barkeep comedy is ”a weak attempt to create a Rhea Perlman character,” scoffs BBDO’s Steve Grubbs. ”It’s been done. Next!”
MERCY POINT (UPN)
The outer-space ER knockoff faces killer foes: Just Shoot Me, Spin City, Felicity.
”Add Klingons and call it Star Trek: Mercy Point,” offers Sternberg.
THE ARMY SHOW (The WB)
”A bunch of Army guys and gals not playing by the rules — who cares?” says Grubbs of this lowbrow sitcom.
Drop and give us 20 — rewrites, that is.