10 New Fall Shows That Will Be Cancelled by Christmas

Killer Women (ABC)
Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer), the only woman in the Texas Rangers, is a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres AsesinasThe Playboy Club‘s Hannah Shakespeare will write while Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara and Casino Royale‘s Martin Campbell will executive-produce.

Read the summary again and try to picture a world where this show lasts more than 6 episodes. Wait a minute, 203 episodes of “Walker, Texas Ranger” were produced. This could go either way. My bet is we wont see “Killer Women Christmas.”



The Goldbergs (ABC)
A multigenerational, dysfunctional Wonder Years set in simpler times, inspired by Adam F. Goldberg‘s own experience growing up in the ’80s in a screwed-up but loving family, including Wendi McLendon-CoveyJeff GarlinGeorge Segal and Hayley Orrantia. Breaking In‘s Goldberg will write and executive-produce.

I love the 80s. Hell, I spent my formative years smack dab in the middle of Reagan era. And believe me, I want to champion any show set in that time period. Maybe I hold too high of a standard, but I haven’t been able to get on board with many of the shows that live in the time of leg warmers and the Sony Walkman.

I didn’t care for “That 80’s Show” and didn’t give “The Americans” a fair shake. So when ABC announced they were setting a sitcom in 1985, I wanted to root for it. After watching the first half of the pilot (that’s all I could get through), I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters, and think it will lose steam long before 1986.



Dracula (NBC)
Inspired by the classic Bram Stoker novel, this drama stars The Tudors‘ Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role. Based on a script from co-executive producer Cole Haddon, this version finds Dracula in London posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. But his true plan — to seek revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier — is thwarted when he falls hopelessly in love with a woman named Mina (Jessica DeGouw ), who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

This has a chance of being success if the Twilight fans gravitate to it. It does have a handsome leading man in Rhys Meyers that would rival Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. And its source material is pretty strong. But at the end of the day, I wonder how long can it hold onto an audience. My gut feeling is if this show isn’t well written and doesn’t come out of the gate strong, it’s (un)dead. Sorry, I had to.



Friends with Better Lives (CBS)
A group of thirtysomething friends, including gynecologists Bobby (Kevin Connolly) and Will (James Van Der Beek) and model Jules (Brooklyn Decker), each think the other has it better. Friends‘ Dana Klein will write and executive-produce with The Neighbors‘ Aaron Kaplan. Rick Donald, Zoe Lister Jones and Majandra Delfino also stars.

any excuse

Kevin Connolly and James Van Der Beek as gynecologists. No chance in hell.



Dads (Fox)
From Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, this live-action comedy stars Seth Green and Giovani Ribisi as two successful thirtysomethings who have their lives turned upside down when their fathers (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) move in with them. Vanessa Lachey, Brenda Song and Tonita Castro also star.

It’s got a strong cast, a supportive network, and Seth MacFarlane. So shouldn’t this be on the renewal list? Unless they move it from its current time slow (Tuesday, 8pm) its going to get slaughtered. It’s up against Marvel’s Agent S.H.I.E.L.D, NCIS, and The Biggest Loser. Even the biggest Seth Green fan wouldn’t pick his show over The Avengers! Hell, Seth Green will be watching S.H.I.E.L.D.!



Mr. Serious (@chapmanrunner) has been selling his whole life, nowadays he actually gets paid to do it. His long term goal is to retire young and spend his days watching old episodes of Saturday Night Live and tweeting about “the good old days”. He produces and edits the UnderScoopFire podcast.


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