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Midseason report

2/24/2016

You’re probably watching few, if any, Big Four (ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC) network shows via live broadcast anymore. Hell, you’re probably not even watching on an actual television set — do you even own a TV, comrade?

Or, as you’ll see in some of the lists below, you’re just not watching them, period. Broadcast networks have taken a particularly brutal beating from cable/satellite and streaming services this season, what with unfair practices like easy viewing options, non-garbage programming and limited pandering to the lowest common denominator of mouthbreathing ‘Merica (E! excluded).

Through intense ratings number-crunching, social-media trend monitoring and straight-up guesswork, I’ve deduced which TV series will live on for at least another season, which have a 50/50 chance, and which you should say goodbye to.

As good as dead

“Blood & Oil,” “Galavant,” “The Muppets,” “Nashville,” “Wicked City” (ABC). “Angel From Hell,” “Code Black,” “CSI: Cyber,” “The Good Wife,” “Mike & Molly,” “Person of Interest” (CBS). “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “iZombie” (The CW). “American Idol,” “Bordertown,” “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” “Golan the Insatiable,” “The Grinder,” “Minority Report,” “Second Chance,” “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox). “Heroes Reborn,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Player,” “Telenovela,” “Truth Be Told,” “Undateable” (NBC). While there are some quality series in here that deserve a second chance (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Bordertown,” “Person of Interest” — but, ironically, not “Second Chance”), at least we’ll finally be rid of the scourge of “American Idol.”

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“American Crime,” “Castle,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (ABC). “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS). “Jane the Virgin,” “Reign” (The CW). “Bones,” “Grandfathered,” “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox). “You, Me & the Apocalypse” (NBC). Contrary to popular belief, and TNT reruns, “Bones” and “Castle” are not the same show, but they are expensive veterans that have likely reached the end of their respective lines — sorry, mom. And, even though star Haley Atwell isn’t a 98-pound, 22-year-old, could ABC cable cousin Freeform please step in and save “Agent Carter”?

Relax — they’ll live forever

“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Blackish,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Dr. Ken,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Last Man Standing,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,” “Scandal” (ABC). “2 Broke Girls,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary,” “Life In Pieces,” “Limitless,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Scorpion,” “Supergirl,” “Survivor” (CBS). “The 100,” “Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “The Originals,” “Supernatural,” “The Vampire Diaries” (The CW). “Bob’s Burgers,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Empire,” “Family Guy,” “Gotham,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Lucifer,” “New Girl,” “Rosewood,” “Scream Queens,” “The Simpsons,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The X-Files” (Fox). “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago PD,” “Grimm,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Shades of Blue,” “Superstore,” “The Voice” (NBC). Few surprises here, though it is nice to see much-improved players like “Superstore,” “Shades of Blue” and “Life In Pieces” getting reprieves.  CV

Bill Frost writes about television for Salt Lake City Weekly, talks about it on the TV Tan Podcast, and tweets about it at @Bill_Frost.

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