by Sarah Hearon
As 2012 comes to a close, every TV fan must reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly that just played out on his or her television screen and make his or her New Year’s Resolutions. This year, TV fans should resolve to cut all ties with dramas like 666 Park Avenue and Emily Owens M.D., and attempt to embrace the fact that most new sitcoms are here to stay.
Cancelling both of its new comedies, Partners and Made in Jersey, within weeks, CBS was able to find success in the drama department with Vegas and Elementary. The network plans to renew both shows for full seasons and to air a special episode of Elementary after the Super Bowl in February, according to zap2it.com.
NBC premiered hilarious new comedies The New Normal and Go On and decided to continue both for a second season, while the future of comedy Guys with Friends is still to be determined. However, its biggest hit was the drama Revolution, a post-apocalyptic science fiction show that has set many NBC ratings records, according to insidetv.com. Comedy Animal Practice was quickly cancelled, and NBC will try to replace it with 1600 Penn in 2013.
FOX also had successful comedies like Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, which both received an additional six-episode order, but will not be renewing its only new drama, The Mob Doctor, according to tvbythenumbers.com. A new serial killer drama, The Following, and a comedy called The Goodwin Games will join the FOX family in 2013.
After wrapping up its initial 13 episode orders, ABC pulled the plug on 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. Malibu Countryis still attempting to find a stable audience on Friday nights, while Nashville has found the perfect combination of country music and drama, and as a result was granted a full season order. New dramas Mistresses and Zero Hour will premiere in the new year.
The CW found success with new supernatural dramas Beauty and the Beast and Arrow, giving both full season orders, while cancelling medical drama Emily Owens, M.D after airing the original 13 episode order. In the new year, The Carrie Diaries, a Sex and the City spin-off that follows Carrie Bradshaw through her high school years, will replace Gossip Girl, which ends its six-year run on Dec. 17. The CW will also welcome Cult in 2013, which follows a journalist investigating a TV show which has a crazy, cult-like following.
While some shows were cut before even really beginning, others seem to be finding their audience. But it’s only a matter of time before a new batch of pilots will arrive and networks will have to make the tough choice of what makes the Fall 2013 TV schedule.