Fall TV can be so hit ... or miss.
And like it or not, it doesn’t take long for both viewers and networks to make the call. There have already been some surprise hits such as “Sleepy Hollow” as well as some casualties: Both ABC’s “Lucky 7” and CBS’ “We Are Men” were canceled after only two episodes, and there are surely more shows to follow.
According to Deadline, CBS has ordered full seasons of “The Crazy Ones,” “The Millers,” and “Mom.” Meanwhile NBC has canceled “Ironside” and “Welcome to the Family,” The Wrap reported.
Let’s take a look at how some of the network shows are faring:
“Sleepy Hollow” (Fox) — This is one hit few saw coming. Fans appear to love it, and USA Today called it the “best new show.”
“The Blacklist” (NBC) — James Spader is killing the game as a master criminal in this new drama. The show might also be benefiting from its lead-in, “The Voice.” Either way, people are watching.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC) — This widely anticipated Joss Whedon production had a huge premiere but has slowed just a tad in recent weeks. It’s still big though, especially with the DVR set.
“The Goldbergs” (ABC) — So far, so good. Ratings have been decent, and this comedy might just swing a second season. According to Deadline, more scripts have already been ordered.
“The Crazy Ones” (CBS) — Mork and Buffy make a killer ratings combo, it seems. This sitcom starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller appears to be pretty solid. The Salt Lake Tribune says it looks like a winner. A full season has been ordered.
“The Millers” (CBS) — Lucky show. Its lead-in is the ratings juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory,” so, yeah, it’s doing well. Like “The Crazy Ones,” CBS was pleased enough to order a full season.
“The Originals” (CW) — The “Vampire Diaries” spinoff is getting respectable ratings and has had additional scripts ordered.
“The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Sean Saves the World” (NBC) — These two are grouped together because they have much in common: the return of two beloved actors, Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, and the fact that both, surprisingly, appear to be struggling. Variety listed them on their “10 Coldest TV Shows of the Fall.”
“Hostages” (CBS) — This one does not have the ratings tied up. Don’t look for it to make a second season.
“Betrayal” (ABC) — Proof that not every show built around a mistress will work. According to TV Guide, ratings are down, and some critics wonder if it will be the next series to be canceled.
“Back in the Game” (ABC) — Not every movie actor’s foray into television is going so well. We are going to go ahead and list this one starring James Caan as “dead show walking.”
“Welcome to the Family” (NBC) — If you didn’t get to know the family it’s too late, as NBC has announced its cancellation.