In terms of television cancellations/number of shows ending, this season wasn’t as much of a bloodbath as last season, for me. I lost eight shows last year, including both returning and brand new shows. This year, perhaps because I restricted the number of new shows that I started, I only lost four that I watched regularly. These include ABC’s returning V and Brothers & Sisters, The CW’s returning Life Unexpected and Smallville. I also lost one that I caught the pilot of (FOX’s brand new Lonestar) but didn’t have time to watch. These were the cancellations (of returning shows) that mattered to me. I am happy to report that only one of the brand new shows that I started got cancelled (rather quickly, might I add). Poor Lonestar. It showed a lot of potential.
Last fall, I also started watching TV Land’s returning Hot in Cleveland, which had already aired its first season at the time, and AMC’s brand new The Walking Dead. I was caught up on the former in time to watch the first half of the second season in January. The second half of Hot in Cleveland‘s second season starts next month; following its established pattern, the first half of the third season will probably start in January 2012. The Walking Dead‘s second season will air this fall. Last winter, I also watched Showtime’s brand new Shameless and Syfy’s brand new (remake of a British cult hit) Being Human, and both were picked up for second seasons, to air probably in early 2012. All four of these are very good shows.
Luckily, all the new shows that I started got picked up for second seasons, except Lonestar. Thus, the cancellations were mostly returning shows. I was very upset about Life Unexpected and Smallville (even though the latter needed to end and had a fantastic ending) and, to an extent, V. However, Brothers & Sisters actually got a satisfying conclusion, so I’m okay with its cancellation.
There are still several shows from the 2010 to 2011 season that I want to watch at some point. These include NBC’s No Ordinary Family and maybe Undercovers, The CW’s Nikita, and ABC’s Happy Endings, and FOX’s Raising Hope. Of those, Nikita, Happy Endings, and Raising Hope got a renewal for fall 2011. The other two will be one-season wonders and, thus, easy to watch in one go, without worrying about getting caught up. I’ll probably wait on all of these, though, and watch some of the other shows in my backlog first (Twin Peaks and the old Battlestar Galactica and V series, for instance).
Now, here’s what I plan on watching this summer (besides watching my bucket list of classic and newer-but-unfortunately-canceled shows, on DVD or online):
True Blood (HBO at 9) – fourth season premiers June 26th
Breaking Bad (AMC at 10) – fourth season premiers July 17th
Hot in Cleveland (TVLand at 10) – second half of the second season begins June 15th
Okay, well, I guess that’s it. Technically, most of the other shows begin at the tail end of summer, but we usually consider it the fall premier, so I’ll stick to that model.
This fall, I’ll be watching the following:
Dexter (Showtime at 9)
The Walking Dead (AMC at 10)
Maybe nothing (but see note below)…
Glee (FOX at 8)
Ringer (CW at 9) – brand new, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Sarah Michelle Gellar, Life Unexpected‘s Kristoffer Polaha, and LOST‘s Nestor Carbonell
Parenthood (NBC at 10)
Nothing, assuming I don’t get caught up on Happy Endings this summer…
The Vampire Diaries (CW at 8)
The Secret Circle (CW at 9) – brand new, starring Life Unexpected‘s Britney Robertson (the reason I’m watching the show!) and Heroes‘ Thomas Dekker
The Office (NBC at 9)
Supernatural (CW at 9)
*NOTE: Also up for consideration on Mondays is Terra Nova at 8 on FOX. For Fridays, I would consider Grimm at 9 on NBC. For Sundays, I would consider Once Upon a Time at 8 on ABC.
In winter 2011–2012 and spring 2012, I’ll be watching the following returning shows, in addition to the above:
Shameless (Showtime at 10)
Mad Men (AMC at 10)
Being Human (Syfy at 9)
30 Rock (NBC)
Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Starz at 10)
*NOTE: Also up for consideration are the following brand new shows: Good Christian Belles on ABC (because I love Kristen Chenoweth) and Alcatraz at 9 on FOX, while Terra Nova is taking a break. But we’ll see.
And that’s it, for now. I may not be able to sustain this schedule, but that’s why I have DVR and the Internet. And summer 2012. :-)
UPDATE: Unfortunately, not long after I posted this, Showtime announced that United States of Tara was canceled after season three, the current one. I will be very sad to see it go. It is certainly added to the list of shows that I regret losing this year. It looks like this year wasn’t as easy as I thought it was.