'My Name Is Earl' could be saved by TBS...What else could network-trading rescue?
TBS is in talks to pick up NBC’s recent castoff My Name Is Earl — hey, they have to make room for those prime-time Leno hours somehow! That news plus the fact that CBS is picking up NBC’s canceled Medium — not to mention ABC’s fair success with running also-formerly-of-NBC Scrubs — has me wishing we’d gotten this TV version of the NFL draft going sooner. Granted, the switch to cable in particular has a down side; namely, budgets can be smaller there. But I’d love to see ABC’s late, great Samantha Who? find a home on, say, Lifetime. (Good old Television for Women is, after all, slowly moving toward hip-ifying itself with Project Runway as well as sitcoms from the likes of Sherri Shepherd and Valerie Bertinelli), as well as underappreciated single-girl dramedies ABC’s Men in Trees and CBS’ The Ex List. Meanwhile, the CW’s Privileged could’ve lived a long, happy life on ABC Family. Speaking of which, maybe that net’s own Kyle XY would’ve done better on Sci Fi. (And as my colleague Marc Bernardin noted, Dollhouse, though spared the ax by Fox, might’ve been better off on cable, if only for creative reasons.)
What do you think, PopWatchers? What other TV draft trades would you like to see? Where would Dirty Sexy Money, Life, and Pushing Daisies go?