Yesterday, we reviewed 10 shows that were a safe bet to get a second season– shows you could invest your time in and DVR space to. Today we tackle shows that probably wont make it out of 2013 alive.
Based on the summaries provided by tvguide.com and preview featurettes available online, these ten network shows have been deemed DOOMED by Mr. Serious:
Sean Saves the World (NBC)
Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes stars as a father who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter while dealing with a temperamental new boss. Better Off Ted‘s Victor Fresco will write and executive-produce with Hayes, and Hot in Cleveland‘s Todd Milliner.
This show might have stood a chance if it came out a couple of years after Will & Grace took its final bow. But 7 years later? (Yes, Will & Grace has been off the air for 7 years.) Sean Hayes is the perfect supporting comedic actor, I just don’t think he has what it takes to carry a show. The only thing going for SStW is that its NBC, and… wait, that’s not a good thing.
GONE BY: VETERANS DAY (Nov. 11)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) partners with Sleepy Hollow’s sheriff (Nicole Beharie) to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. Fringe‘s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will write and executive-produce. Orlando Jones and Katia Winter will also star. John Cho will guest-star.
As a big fan of Ichabod Crane and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I want this to work. I really do. I just don’t see how it sustains an audience much after Halloween, when the fad wears off. It just screams fish out of water solving mysteries. At least the headless horseman will be in it! I don’t think that will be enough.
GONE BY: PEARL HARBOR REMEMBERANCE DAY (Dec. 7)
We Are Men (CBS)
A young guy (Chris Smith) finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys — Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and Jerry O’Connell among them — he meets in a short-term rental complex. How I Met Your Mother‘s Rob Greenberg will write and executive-produce with Ericand Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men).
The ONLY thing this has going for it is that its on CBS and it has a nice time slot (Monday nights after How I Met Your Mother-which is in its last season) Other than that, the show sounds like a retread. I am not sure anyone wants to spend 22 minutes having Jerry O’Connell dispense sage advice to the new guy.
GONE BY: FEAST OF OUR LADY GUADALUPE (Dec. 12)
Mind Games (ABC)
From Awake‘s creator Kyle Killen, the project is a provocative workplace ensemble about the complicated relationship between two brothers — Steve Zahn and Christian Slater — who head an agency that uses the real science of human motivation and manipulation to solve its clients’ problems. Megalyn Echikunwoke, Gregory Marcel, Wynn Everett and Cedric Sanders will also star. Ron Rifkin will guest-star.
Christian Slater is television poison. Breaking In, My Own Worst Enemy, The Forgotten. None of these shows made it out of the first season. Lets add Mind Games to that. (Sorry, Steve Zahn!)
GONE BY: COLUMBUS DAY (Oct. 14)
Set in a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept comedy from the writers of The Hangover chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love all over the course of one night. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore will write and executive-produce.
This might be the second network series cancelled. I don’t think “Set in a sexy Manhattan bar” and “high-concept comedy” should ever be put in the same sentence. Has there been any buzz on this show… at all? ABC might have better off calling it “Vibeology” and casting Paula Abdul as a former pop star trying to resurrect her singing career. MC Scat Cat would co star.
GONE BY: FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (Oct. 4)
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