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Which 'Bubble Show' Would You Save?


For the 18th year, USA Today wants to know which television show sitting on the edge of the cancellation bubble would YOU save?

They've put together a list and a survey to court your opinions. We thought we would give you some information to inform your decision.

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    About a boy

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    This NBC show, starring David Walton and Minnie Driver, retells author Nick Hornby's titular novel about a man-child freelancer whose life turns topsy turvy when a single mom moves next door.

    Supposedly with sexy results.

    Even though the show's ratings fell pretty low during its second season, it has yet to be cancelled by NBC. This could be a sign of the sheer lack in genre as the network struggles to keep any comedy that can hold American's attention.

    However, Minnie Driver didn't seem too confident about a renewal as the show ended it's season in February:

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    Agent Carter

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    The newest Marvel fare to hit the small screen made quite the splash with critics, but had some trouble finding an audience. 

    Though the 8-episode short series, which aired during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season break, currenty has a 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it only received half the viewers of the show it replaced.

    The success of the Marvel name and the critical praise might be enough to give the show a second season, but Agent Carter might be able to handle it on her own.

     

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    American Crime

    Does American Crime even fit the bill of a bubble show?
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    This show is only a month old and its already in need of fans to save it from the bubble? Oooh boy.

    This ABC drama deals with the legal system fall out of a gastly home invasion. Presumably, hilarity does not ensue.

    The first six episodes have done fairly well by critical standards while the ratings have dropped significantly.

    What say you? Got love for American Crime? The show, not the social dysfunction. 

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    Backstrom

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    This FOX comedy-drama was meant to answer the question, "Can Dwight Schrute Rainn Wilson play someone other than Dwight Schrute?"

    Sadly, not many are watching and critics don't really dig it.

    On the plus side, Wilson has already mastered the art of disguise for his next role.


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    Battle Creek

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    So, this was the treatment Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan drafted 10 years ago and couldn't sell.

    After Gilligan's meth-feuled success, CBS came along and picked up this Michigander police show. 

    For most, however, Breaking Bad it ain't.

    Though the five episodes of the scheduled 13 have found more watchers than most on this bubble list, it's still on the list.

    Sad news for the future of 30 Rock's Beeper King. 


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    Bones

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    This show has been on the air for 10 years. And though it's viewers have sunk from the 6th season high of 12 million, it still garners over eight in the current season.

    In those 10 years, according to its Wikipedia page, the show has only won two "Genesis Awards for the episodes 'The Woman in Limbo' and 'The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken' for raising awareness on the issues of pig slaughtering and industrial chicken farms, while the episode 'The Finger in the Nest' received a nomination"

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    Cristella

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    From Wikipeida:
    "A Mexican-American law school graduate living in Dallas, Texas, who must balance her chance to live the American Dream by working as an unpaid intern at a law firm with the concerns of her family."

    Its first 22 epidoes have not completely aired yet, even thought Mr. Home Improvement Tim Allen has already had a guest appearance. 

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    Forever

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    Guess how long this guy has to live?

    The ABC procedurally show about a guy that has lived for 200 and possesses an impressive array of observation skills still has not found much of an audience.

    Do you love it or have you even heard of it?

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    Galavant

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    This musical/comedy thing jumped into replace similarly themed Once Upon a Time during the latter's mid season break.

    It, of course, follows the story of a young handsome prince who is after the love of his life, of course.

    Oh, and it has songs.

    And John Stamos was in it for a bit.


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    Hart of Dixie

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    For four seasons, this CW drama comedy has clung on to renewal.

    Rachel Bilson is Dr. Zoe Hart and she wants to be a heart surgeon in the south. Get it?

     

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    Nashville

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    For three seasons, the ABC musical drama around competing generational singers in Tennessee has actually slightly grown in viewers. 

    But who knows how that will shake out to network people who business all day.

    Mrs. Coach versus The Cheerleader. Which one would you save?

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    One Big Happy

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    Ellen DeGeneres produced this NBC comedy about a gay woman who is pregnant with her best friend's baby. Then that best friend fell in love with another woman.

    Oh the twist and tumults of life.

    It's only scheduled for five episodes and has only aired three so far. However, it's already kicked up a little storm of controversy for its 'racey' premise.

    Campaigning group One Million Moms has launched a petition to get the new show cancelled before it even had a chance to convince America its heart was in the right place.

    They say: "NBC’s “One Big Happy” is attempting to desensitize America and our children.This new show is damaging to our culture and harmful to our society for a number of reasons. This program glamorizes one night stands, n-dity, homosexuality, and foul language (such as v-gina and b-tch)."

    We personally were unaware that 'v-gina' was considered foul language.


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    Person of Interest

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    This tech-heavy CBS surveillance show deals with a former CIA operative and an elusive software billionaire trying to catch bad people before bad things happen. They threw in an NYPD detective just for kicks.

    On it's fourth season, it's still getting pretty positive critical reviews, and hovering around 10 million viewers. It's more than most on this list, but as the show contends with CBS procedural juggernauts it might not be enough.

    Also,Taraji P. Henson plays that detective and she co-stars on America's current top show. So that might change things.



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    Revenge

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    After four seasons on ABC, the viewers have stopped coming to watch Emily Thorne on her vengeful march back to her childhood home.
    The question remains, how much more revenge does she have to do? 

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    Secrets & Lies

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    This brand new ABC series tells the story of a family man who discovers the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime suspect in his death. 

    DUN dun dun. 

    It's not found much love, currently holding a 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

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    Stalker

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    So this CBS is an American police procedural drama television series about victims of stalking and the detectives who work the cases.

    With no real critical appeal, the masses turned on to the premiere and soon turned off.



  • 17

    The Mindy Project

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    Mindy Kaling has survived two rounds of sitting on the bubble and 2015 might just be the year for her show to set.

    It never had a strong viewership and the numbers have only sunk lower. Also, FOX executive Kevin Reilly, who championed the show through rough times, resigned last year. 

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    The Mysteries of Laura

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    According to the Wikipedia page:

    "The series follows the life of Laura Diamond, a homicide detective with the New York Police Department, who balances her day job with her off-duty hours as a single mother to twin sons. Meanwhile she is trying to get her soon-to-be-former-husband, who is also her boss, to sign the divorce papers."

    Yikes.

    The NBC show only started last fall. The viewership has halved and the critics keep on hatin'.

    Do you disagree?

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    The Night Shift

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    This NBC hospital drama follows the lives of San Antonio hospital staff who work, you guessed it, the night shift.

    With dismal critical response and dwindling viewers, the sun may be setting on the show....

    (Do you see what we did there?)

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    The Odd Couple

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    See how little they have in common?? What could be funnier!?

    This remake of a remake of a 1965 Neil Simon play might just have lost the universal appeal of sticking two constrasting personalities together and seeing what happens.

    Perhaps the message of Different Strokes went on to teach America something about respecting what makes us unique. Or maybe it's just a bad show.

    Either way, the CBS comedy has found mixed critical reaction and already lost half of its viewers in the two months since it first aired.

    What say you? Burst or blow up this bubble show?

  • 21

    Undateable

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    After starting off on the wrong foot, in its second season the NBC comedy actually gained viewers. So, that's something.

    This show is from Bill Lawrence who brought you Scrubs and Cougar Town, two other shows that caught more cult appeal that viewers.

    Still both held on for a lot longer than many suspected so maybe Undateable is just what the world needs right now.

    Are you watching it? Isn't Ron Funches good in everything?




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