'Life Unexpected,' 'One Tree Hill,' 'Melrose Place': Keep 'em or kill 'em?

life-unexpected-bubble-320.jpgThe final stop on the Bubblewatch 2010 tour is The CW, and like a lot of things with the fifth network, things are a little different when it comes to what's on the bubble.

The C-Dub has already picked up six of its series for next season -- and for a network that only broadcasts 10 hours of primetime a week, one of which is typically devoted to reruns, that takes care of most of the schedule.

We decided to include all three scripted shows that haven't been picked up yet in this round of polls. We don't think "Melrose Place" has an especially good shot at renewal, but we're including it nonetheless, because, well, stranger things have happened.

"Life Unexpected"

The case for it: Critics have been kind to the new series in a way that they generally haven't been to the network of late. Its audience (2.3 million viewers per episode) is bigger than a couple of the shows that have already been renewed, including "Gossip Girl" and "90210."

The case against it: Its audience skews a little older than some of the already renewed shows, according to TV by the Numbers -- which isn't necessarily what the young female-focused CW wants to see.


"Melrose Place"

The case for it: ... Um, yeah. Not coming up with a whole lot here.

The case against it: It's the least-watched scripted show still on the air on any of the five English-language networks. Its average of 1.3 million viewers would be a low-ish number even for a cable channel.


"One Tree Hill"

The case for it: Of the three shows that haven't had their futures decided yet, it has the biggest audience at 2.35 million viewers. Its fans, even after seven seasons and a leap forward in time, are still among the network's more devoted.

The case against it: After seven seasons on the air, it can't be a cheap show to make.


That wraps up the bubble polls. We'll let you know the results next week, but in the meantime, you can still vote in the ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC polls.

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