Because the great unwashed masses are generally too dumb or inattentive to appreciate quality work, or because of the limited broad appeal of genre fare, many of the shows I wind up loving often face the damned bubble. Fortunately, some of my most loved shows are already guaranteed (or almost a lock for) a place on the schedule next year, such as Lost, Supernatural, Fringe and Big Bang Theory (among 50+ others with a place of honor among my Season Passes). Others aren't so lucky:
How it would hurt if these shows were cancelled:
Gaping, sucking chest wound; punctured eyeballs; followed by being set on fire:
- Chuck (The most charming show on TV. A little bit of everything: espionage, laughs, romance, intrigue, action. Go buy a Subway sub on Monday!)
- Dollhouse (Like most of Joss's shows, this is really hitting its stride as it gets deeper into the mythology and characterizations. Been nuthin' but AWESOME since "Man on the Street.")
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Is there no room on TV for intelligent, well written sci-fi?)
Compound fracture of the tibia:
- Castle (A cut above the usual procedural with likable characters and charisma to burn).
- Reaper (wandering and amiable, but holding its own against the Idol juggernaut. The addition of Nina and Morgan has helped, Ben is a deadpan master, and Ray Wise's Devil is Emmy worthy).
- Party Down (Really funny, with distinct characters and an offbeat tone).
Vicious punch to the solar plexus:
- Better Off Ted (Why isn't this fantastical workplace sitcom, which never fails to make me laugh, getting more attention?)
- The Unusuals (Another cop show, sure, but at least it's trying something different).
- Law & Order (I've been with it from the beginning, and this current cast is fantastic and the best since the glory days).
- Lie to Me (Unique premise that's held up better than I thought it would thus far. Tim Roth and Kelli Williams are great, and Jennifer Beals showed up last night as Roth's ex-wife. Good stuff).
- Samantha Who (Yeah, it's kind of slight, but Christina Applegate is a fantastic comic actress).
- My Name is Earl (Even when it aims and misses, Earl has a great top to bottom cast who can handle anything from farce to heartwarming).