Springtime is a hopeful one at the broadcast networks, as they embark on filming pilots and hope that one of them is that next big hit. It’s also a stressful one for some existing shows, which are waiting to hear if they’ll be back for another year.
FOX’s bubble situation is interesting. On the one hand, the cancellation of “The X Factor” opens up a substantial amount of room on the fall schedule. On the other, the network has already made series commitments to several new projects (including “Gotham” and “Backstrom”) and renewed several veteran shows, FOX also has a bunch of limited series in the pipeline.
What’s it all mean? We’ll find out for sure at the May upfronts. The three comedies below may be on thin ice, but the lone bubble drama — “Almost Human” — is a very intriguing case. Vote in the polls below for which shows you want to stay and which ones should go away.
The case for it: Its Live +7 adults 18-49 rating is better than that of the already renewed “Bones” and not that far off that of “The Following.” It was a remarkably steady performer throughout its 13-episode run.
The case against it: It’s likely not a cheap show to make, and with all FOX has on tap already, it could get squeezed out.
The case for it: “Dads” has the best numbers of the three comedies on this list, along with an executive producer — Seth MacFarlane — with a lot of pull at the network.
The case against it: Possible storming of the studio gates by angry TV fans if the terribly reviewed show gets a second season.
The case for it: The military comedy has won near-universal praise from critics and has held its own without much help on Friday nights.
The case against it: Even with a DVR boost, it only reaches a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and about 3.2 million viewers. That’s tough for a network to swallow.
The case for it: Through its first two airings, it’s held onto about 70 percent of its “American Idol” lead-in among adults 18-49. The show’s first DVR ratings aren’t out yet but will boost its numbers some.
The case against it: The “Idol” lead-in is hardly what it once was; “Surviving Jack” has averaged just a 1.25 in the 18-49 demo in the early going.
Voting is open through Tuesday, April 15. You can also vote in bubble polls for ABC, CBS, The CW and NBC.