Five TV Shows on the Bubble That Should Be Saved

Get Veronica Mars Episodes at Amazon UnboxIt is almost that time, by this time next week, we will know what TV shows on the bubble will have been saved and which haven’t. The five networks will be announcing their Fall 2007 TV Schedules next week in their upfront presentations to advertisers.

When that bubble bursts, what shows will be launched back onto the TV schedule and which ones will be left to float away, never to be seen again, or at least until they put out that complete series DVD set.

Last year at this time, there were seven shows I wanted to see get renewed. Alas, only two of them, Veronica Mars and Scrubs, made it another season. Scrubs would have made the list again, except they have already agreed to film one last season. The question is will it be on NBC or ABC for its farewell tour? As for Veronica Mars, unfortunately, it tops this year’s list once again.

This year, as part of Problogger’s Top 5 group writing project, the list has shrunk by two. But, it turns out, there were only five shows on the bubble I really want to see come back, so it worked out perfectly.

Top 5 Shows on the Bubble that Should See Another Season:

  1. Veronica Mars – There was high hopes that following Gilmore Girls on Tuesday nights that Mars would gain some audience. It didn’t do as well as many would of liked and I don’t understand why? It is one of the best shows on TV. The dialogue with its trademark wit and humor is some of the best on TV. The characters are great and the actors that portray them superb. Especially, Kristen Bell in the title role. If you love a good mystery, especially one that will have a resolution by at least the end of the season, then you can’t do better than Veronica Mars. There has been some recent good news regarding its return. Rob Thomas, the creator of the show, has pitched two ideas for continuing the show. One is to continue with Veronica still making her way through college and the other is to fast-forward the show four years and have her working for the FBI. Either way, I hope The CW sees its way to bringing back Veronica Mars.
  2. How I Met Your Mother – I couldn’t even believe that this was on the bubble. It is one of the most fun half hours on TV right now. The creative time-shifting flashbacks with in a flashback storytelling are a great way to reach a punch line. Barney and his ‘isms are some of the best repeatable lines since Seinfeld. This should definitely be brought back. It also should have been the show CBS put on after the Super Bowl instead of Criminal Minds. That would have given a lot more people an opportunity to see what this laugher is all about.
  3. Friday Night Lights – Based on the movie and the book by the same title, this is one the best pure dramas on TV. Other than will the football team win state, there are no mysteries or convoluted back-stories, just pure well-acted drama on the soapy side of things. If you think this show is about football, you are wrong. That would be like saying that Grey’s Anatomy is about medicine or surgery. Football is just the backdrop for some truly wonderful characters to interact. The first season was a touchdown, now NBC should go for two.
  4. Jericho – Started off with a bang, so to speak, but has fizzled down the stretch to the season finale that was last night. It hasn’t fizzled story wise, it has fizzled ratings wise. Not everyone who watched last fall came back after the two-month hiatus. They should have. While the overall topic is quite gloomy, the actors and stories they tell, along with the mystery of what exactly happened, is very good. CBS, please let the people of Jericho live until fall.
  5. What About Brian – It is sad to think that this show could get yanked and October Road could make the ABC schedule. They are both after the same audience, mainly young women, but Brian is actually pretty good. Road has a good premise, but the writing is mostly terrible. If Brian had got some of the after Grey’s Anatomy love that ABC has been spreading around quite liberally the last couple of months, it would be doing better in the ratings as well.

What TV shows on the bubble would you like to see back next fall? Leave your list in the comments.

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  • Myles May 11, 2007, 7:18 am

    I like this list, although I think that I would cut What About Brian (It never connected for me, mainly because I don’t buy Barry Watson in the role).

    With Friday Night Lights already confirmed, and Veronica Mars looking to be in fairly decent shape, and since I stopped watching Jericho before it got good again, I think I’m most worried about How I Met Your Mother. I’m watching the 1st Season on DVD now, and it’s a charming sitcom that deserves better than getting biffed because it isn’t as well-performing as Two and a Half Men.

  • Debi K. Harding May 11, 2007, 11:06 am

    The shows I would definitely like back next year.

    How I met your mother.

    What about Brian?

    I hopes this helps.

  • Jason the TVaholic May 11, 2007, 2:47 pm

    Myles, I am not going to be overly disappointed if ABC cancels What About Brian. Really, I just needed a fifth show for the list, so I could have a Top 5 for the group writing project.

    I read about Friday Night Lights getting renewed about 10 minutes after I posted this. That was great to hear. Now only three or four more to go. Looking forward to the network’s announcements about their Fall 2007 TV Schedules next week.

    Debi, Thanks for stopping by. I, really, still can’t believe that How I Met Your Mother is anywhere near the bubble, let alone on it.

  • Great White Snark May 14, 2007, 12:39 am

    Dude, totally. Would love to see those shows back, even though Veronica has jumped the shark. (Nothing will ever recapture the magic of seasons 1 and 2.) But… What about Brain? Wow.

  • Jason the TVaholic May 14, 2007, 3:04 am

    Snark, I needed a fifth show for the list and nothing else came to mind. After further thought, I think Raines on NBC may have been a better choice than What About Brian. But Dude, what about the female cast? They have no shortage of beautiful ladies making an acting pit stop on the show each week. Even the ugly people on the show are good looking.

  • TV Reviews Jun 24, 2007, 3:28 pm

    How about Arrested Development?
    A great show, that no longer has a home.

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