Which struggling shows can rebound into hits?
There’s an interesting (if not revolutionary) paragraph at the end of Nellie Andreeva’s Hollywood Reporter piece about ABC’s Help Me Help You, The Nine, and Men in Trees (and NBC’s Studio 60) scoring additional script orders despite low initial ratings. In it, she notes that producers of those shows, as well as the other struggling series to receive similar votes of confidence — Fox’s Vanished, Standoff, Justice, ‘Til Death, and Happy Hour; NBC’s Friday Night Lights (and possibly 30 Rock); CBS’s The Class — are all hoping to be the next Seinfeld, Cheers, or House, in other words, shows that were “all on the brink of cancellation before exploding into megahits.”
Now I know a lot of folks, myself included, frequently deride the networks for pulling the cancellation trigger too quickly (RIP, Smith), but it’s kind of remarkable how many non-successes are still hanging on for life as November approaches. And so, the question I’d like to pose to you, PopWatchers, is which of the above series are you hoping is headed for breakout status? Much like my colleague Mandi Bierly, I’ve become increasingly attached to ABC’s frothy Men in Trees. And while it scored a scant 6.84 million viewers this week, I’m in total agreement with Mediaweek‘s Marc Berman that with a move to woeful Six Degrees‘ plum post-Grey’s Anatomy timeslot, lots of viewers might just fall in love with Anne Heche’s romantic comedy. What say you?