TV Guide listed several shows right now that have "bubble" status -- in this case, whether or not the shows will last through the season, let alone get picked up for another year.
NBC made it official this week, picking up "Chuck" and "Chase" on Mondays. Though the numbers of both shows are weak, especially on the hyper-competitive Mondays, NBC is weak enough overall that the two shows can survive.
Still questionable is "Undercovers" (NBC, 8 p.m.), which actually has slightly better ratings than either "Chuck" or "Chase," but is a big disappointment considering it comes from producer JJ Abrams. Abrams also produces another show on TV Guide's list, "Fringe."
So, what are the other shows that might be in danger? "Community," (NBC); "CSI: NY" (CBS); "The Defenders" (CBS); "The Good Guys" (Fox); "Life Unexpected" (CW); "Parenthood" (NBC); "Running Wilde" (Fox); "The Whole Truth" (ABC).
Of the above, I expect "Parenthood" to last the season, again because it's on NBC; "Community," which has a strong cult following and does well in DVD sales; "CSI: NY," because it's on Fridays and is part of the whole "CSI" franchise; and "Fringe," which also has a strong cult following.
Whether those shows make it after this season is an entirely other matter, though.
Canceled shows include "Lone Star" (Fox); "Outlaw" (NBC); and "My Generation" (ABC).
So, which shows do you want to see stick?
R.I.P.: TV lost two legendary parents this week with the deaths of Barbara Billingsley of "Leave It To Beaver" and Tom Bosley of "Happy Days." Each was the prototypical TV parent of his and her's generation.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: It probably doesn't help any of the shows to have three legal dramas all square off with one another at 10 p.m., yet each of the networks is sticking with "The Whole Truth" (ABC); "The Defenders" (CBS); and "Law & Order: LA" (NBC) at that time slot for the time being. The first network to blink and move their show will likely stand the best chance of keeping it, though "L&O" is winning the timeslot at the moment.
ABC is all-new with its sitcoms from 8-10 p.m., while CBS has "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds.
NBC airs "Undercovers" and "SVU" opposite those shows. Fox is still airing the baseball playoffs, with Game 4 tonight of the NLCS between Philly and San Francisco. (Go Giants!)
On cable, "Terriers" (FX, 10 p.m.) is brand-new, and if you missed it Sunday night, BBC America is re-airing the tense "Luther" at 9 p.m.