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Your TV Fave Doomed''

Published at: April 2, 2001, 8:52 p.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!

USA Today came out Monday with reporter Gary Levin’s always-painful-to-behold list of series he believes doomed or under consideration for doom.

THE BAD NEWS. The good shows Levin considers “canceled (or nearly dead)” include ABC’s “Gideon’s Crossing,” CBS’s “Big Apple,” and UPN’s “Gary and Mike.” The horrible shows Levin considers “renewed (or almost)” include CBS’ “Yes, Dear,” “Becker,” “JAG,” “Judging Amy” and “Touched by an Angel,” NBC’s “Providence,” Fox’s “Titus,” and the WB’s “Dawson’s Creek” and “Sabrina.”

THE GOOD NEWS. The good shows Levin considers “renewed (or almost)” include ABC’s “Once and Again,” CBS’s “CSI,” NBC’s “Ed,” Fox’s “Boston Public,” and the WB’s “Gilmore Girls,” “Angel,” “Baby Blues” and “Felicity.” The horrible shows Levin considers “canceled (or nearly dead)” include CBS’s “The Fugitive,” “Some of My Best Friends” and “Walker: Texas Ranger,” NBC’s “First Years,” and Fox’s “Freakylinks.”

THE SCARY NEWS. The good shows Levin considers “on the bubble” (neither certain to renewed nor canceled) include the WB’s much-admired “Roswell” as well as ABC’s “Norm” and “The Job.”

Remember, you can vote online in USA Today’s poll to save your favorite “On The Bubble” shows.

Here’s Levin’s complete rundown by network:

ABC

Renewed (or almost): Once and Again, The Practice, The Mole, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, NYPD Blue, Spin City, The Drew Carey Show, Dharma & Greg*, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Canceled (or near death): Gideon's Crossing, The Trouble With Normal, Madigan Men.

“On The Bubble”: The Geena Davis Show, Two Guys and a Girl, Norm, The Job.

CBS

Renewed (or almost): Survivor, CSI, The District, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, JAG, Becker, Yes Dear, Judging Amy, Touched By an Angel.

Canceled (or near death): Bette, Welcome to New York, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Fugitive, Big Apple, Some of My Best Friends.

“On The Bubble”: Diagnosis Murder, Family Law, Kate Brasher, Nash Bridges, That’s Life.

NBC

Renewed (or almost): The West Wing, ER, Friends, Ed, Just Shoot Me*, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Third Watch, Providence, Frasier, Will & Grace.

Canceled (or near death): Daddio, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Deadline, The Michael Richards Show, Tucker, Titans, DAG, First Years.

“On The Bubble”: Three Sisters, The Weber Show, The Fighting Fitzgeralds.

Fox

Renewed (or almost): Boston Public, Temptation Island, Dark Angel, Futurama, King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, The Simpsons, The X-Files*, Ally McBeal, That '70s Show, Titus, Cops, America's Most Wanted, Grounded for Life

Canceled (or near death): Freakylinks, Normal Ohio, The $treet.

“On The Bubble”: The Lone Gunmen.

WB

Renewed (or almost): Buffy the Vampire Slayer*, Angel, Gilmore Girls, Baby Blues, Felicity, Popstars, 7th Heaven, Charmed, Nikki, The Steve Harvey Show, For Your Love, Dawson's Creek, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

Canceled (or near death): Hype, The PJs, The Jamie Foxx Show.

“On The Bubble”: Roswell, Grosse Pointe, Popular, Jack & Jill.

UPN

Renewed (or almost): WWF Smackdown, The Parkers, The Hughleys, Girlfriends, Moesha*.

Canceled (or near death): Gary & Mike, Star Trek: Voyager, Freedom, Level 9.

“On The Bubble”: 7 Days.

*Pending contract negotiations





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  • April 2, 2001, 9:07 p.m. CST

    God Save The Lone Gunmen

    by IAmLegolas

    I was actually disappointed that I was watching "The X-Files" last Sunday instead of them!

  • April 2, 2001, 9:11 p.m. CST

    First

    by dickfitz

    I've always wanted to be first! I'm almost hoping Buffy does move to new network- it could shake it up (an expose it to a bigger audience).

  • April 2, 2001, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Granted...

    by SethShandor

    I've only seen two Titus eps my whole life , I thought they were pretty good...

  • April 2, 2001, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Aw, who gives a rat's...

    by PencilSharp

    patootie?! Let's just look at some of these things. First, I haven't seen ANY of the ABC shows. So, no comment there. CBS: While Survivor may have made Tiff cool to watch again, but it was Walker that paid their bills for years. True, I don't like that show either, but tell me that theme song doesn't bring a tear (of hilarity) to your eye. NBC: Sorry to see that both Frasier (overrated crap) and Friends (not crap, just pure shit) have been renewed. Then again, NBC is about one season away from its Pre-Cosby Ratings Gutter. It does warm my heart to see Michael Richards fall flat on his untalented ass, though. FOX: has the best lineup anywhere, esp. with that animation block. I see that AMW will return, happily. FOX understands that AMW viewers are largely crime-hating conservatives, and guess who owns the most guns (and is most proficient in using them)? WB: Titti, er... NIKKI is back. Youth audience, y'know. But with all these "trendy" shows, I find it most interesting that Steve Harvey still has a job this summer. Amazing. UPN: Sucks ass. Duhhhhhh... Except for wrestling. And even SmackDown had been slipping into WCW Thunder territory for a while before the big purchase. So, all in all, everybody except FOX and the WWF and John Walsh and Titti can just freakin' die screaming in anal pain. Now, excuse me, kids. This old man is a tad winded from his longest rant (to date...) Ta from ~pS~

  • April 2, 2001, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Damn...Gideon's Crossing?

    by Guerilla_Films

    First Homicide now this?

  • April 2, 2001, 9:53 p.m. CST

    The life cycle of a show.

    by Horus

    Has anyone else noticed that all cult shows that make it *big* seem to follow the exact same life cycle of birth ,life and death.1. They appear , quickly gain a cult following, for their offbeat and a *bit different* approach.2.Around season 2 , the general tv public are told its the *in thing* to be watching and it goes *big*.Already at this point , the show , whilst never being this popular ,before..is already past its best.whatever attracted its cult audience , seems watered down etc..3.merchandising appears ,at first in a trickle..then in mass.4.The show plods on.stories seem the same every week.a formula has developed.5.The rot starts to set in.The shows stars , start either falling out with each other , demanding tonnes more money per show ,or wish to go off and make *real* Hollywood movies.6.To appease the stars , self indulgence is allowed to seep in.you get silly , gimmicky episodes, {camp ,comedy episodes, musical or dance episodes.etc}The stars aren't happy anymore in front of the camera..they want to write and direct the shows themselves.7.By now the shows original fans, are most likely still watching ..hoping that the tide will turn, and that things will go back to the good old days.But it worsens.Viewing figures slide a bit..so the show either gets revamped..or moved to another time and day.Anyone whos always watched the show on a sat night at 8 pm...now has to tape it on a thursday evening...or just not watch it.8.The show drags on , now past its best by 3 seasons , with few original fans left , who havent been pissed off , or just cant recognise, their once favourite show anymore, .Some of the shows original stars are most likely long gone..replaced by newcomers.9.Though viewing figures are still ok..the show is finally laid to rest..or put out of its misery.

  • April 2, 2001, 9:53 p.m. CST

    FreakyLinks

    by DemonBlood666

    Sucks that its geting pulled. It was a pretty good show. Fox should at least show the last 6 ep's on FX or something.

  • April 2, 2001, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Wow, Fox knows how to hang on to their shows!

    by RevSam

    The other networks should rember that it won't always hit a first, but it may hit later. Or something. Shut up. BRING BACK NEWSRADIO!

  • April 2, 2001, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Junkyard Wars!!!!!

    by sigma957

    ya know, the only show out of all those listed above, renewed, cancelled, bubble...whatever..is CSI.....and even that i don't always remember to tape or watch. Give me Junkyard Wars 24 hrs a day!

  • April 2, 2001, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Damn CBS candy-asses.....

    by iAmGladiator

    You know, I've never caught an episode of Big Apple, only because I usually work Thursday nights and record ER instead of that.. Who's idea was it to stick a show that has been favourably reviewed in agaist the monster that is ER? I want to watch it and support my favorite T.V. star of all time, Al Bundy....er.. Ed O'Neill, but nothing will prevent me from missing ER...

  • April 2, 2001, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Fox and WB Look pretty good...

    by Cuddly_Mantis

    ...The rest are shit. I stll enjoy "The Drew Carey Show," and, occasionally, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" I like Smackdown! And "Just Shoot Me" too. But other than that, ntohnig on ABC, CBS, NBC, or UPN interests me. AS for the WB, Jesus Christ. I know I have the mouth of a steveodre, but whose fucking idea was it to bring back "For Your Love?" It's like the 5th time it's been brought back, and not funnier any of the times. And also Steve Harvey. Okay show, but too fomulaic anymore. The rest of the renewals are good, assuming Buffy comes back, and hopefully, "Popular" and "Grosse Pointe." Popular is in itself goofy show at times, but has a lot of heart too. "Grosse Pointe" just hit way too close to home for some folks in the entertainment industry. Like that crazy cunt Doherty. I'm just fucking pissed about that show, that they didn't keep Marcy on as a Tori Spelling parody. And I like Nikki because it has chemistry betweent he actors. And I like Titus, motherfuckers! It has deep storylines and acting at times, and laugh-out-loudgoofyball lines too "You built mne a cop magnet! I might as well be a black guy driving a large powdered donut!" And most importantly, I'm happy Futurma is back. Greatest show on TV.

  • April 2, 2001, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Give Lone Gunmen some time ...

    by lifto71

    .. you greedy weasel execs!! It's trying (and succeeding, in my humble opinion) to offer something more than most of the other mindless crap on the tube. Don't pull a "Harsh Realm" on this one. You air 4 or 5 eps on different nights, and it's already on the freakin' bubble?! Did X-files hit immediate paydirt? It boggles my mind how garbage like Two Guys and a Girl can stink up network airspace season after season, and something creative and entertaining (yes ... not mutually exclusive) can already have it's head on the chopping block.

  • April 2, 2001, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Spin City sucks!

    by Uncapie

    But, I guess they have to keep ol' Charlie in hookers and blow. They should have Robert Downey, Jr. on there as a guest wearing a Wonder Woman costume next.

  • April 2, 2001, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Eh.

    by dr_nick

    Hope The Job and Lone Gunmen survive. I thought I'd hate Lone Gunmen cause I'd kinda lost interest in the X-Files, so I skipped the pilot, but I've seen all the rest and I like it. Has a lot of the atmosphere X-Files seems to have lost. I'd like to see at least one more season of it. Only seen two eps of The Job and I liked it. Lotta potential there, but having missed the pilot the whole girlfriend/wife thing seems confusing. Wish Buffy would switch networks or start showing reruns on Fox or something. Don't get WB where I live so I've seen maybe 2 early episodes and want more. I'd second the bring back Newradio demand if Phil Hartman were still alive. Still watch that and Northern Exposure on A&E. I also demand new Junkyards Wars now!(Brtish version)

  • April 2, 2001, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Note to Herc

    by CZ

    Lay off on Becker. Just because it ain't your demographic doesn't mean it doesn't have its place.

  • April 2, 2001, 11:07 p.m. CST

    what the hell is wrong with becker??

    by baff3

    why does everyone pick on becker. it is one of my favourite shows! whats wrong with it?? why should it be the butt of u talkbackers' jokes? for some reason you all seem to roll your eyes at the mention of this show and i honestly cant see why. on another note, im just happy cause i clicked on this link fearing that herc would say buffy is on thinner ice than before. so i am now at ease. ahhhhhh...baff3

  • April 2, 2001, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Titus is fucking cool

    by Black Jesus

    how the hell can you not like that show... i mean hell... his dad is the coolest fucking character on any show right now... IMO... you people just dont' have the right sense of humor i guess

  • April 3, 2001, 12:12 a.m. CST

    HOMICIDE

    by Studio Snitch

    Let's have a moment of silence for HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET. I am aware that it was cancelled in '99, but it is still one of the finest TV drams ever. I'm tired of only being able to watch it on Court TV every night; when will NBC/Baltimore wake up and get this series released on DVD?! I understand the desire to tap syndication for all it's worth, but Court TV has already been through every episode from the run (93-99). Come on, Barry! Let's just move into ancillary already and make the fans happy. (And while you're at it, how about a special edition DVD of RAIN MAN).

  • April 3, 2001, 12:20 a.m. CST

    MWAA HAA HAA!!! The Job is at risk!! BURN Leary BURN!!!

    by Horseflesh

    Cancel it for Bill!!! Let him rest in peace!

  • April 3, 2001, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Gilmore Girls !!!!!!!

    by BrianSLA

    By far the best show on tv. I think I am in love w/ Lauren Graham & Alexis Bledel.... Better and nicer than Ed ( of the nice person shows ). As for Junkyard Wars.... PLEASE only the British versions and ditch the American guy. He sucked. Cathy Rogers is still the babe though. If you want Americans on JYW... send them over to kick Limey butt.

  • April 3, 2001, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Titus is a good show...

    by Psyberia

    OK, before I get flamed, here's some more ammo for ya...1)Ed is candy-ass feelgood crap 2)Survivor has and always will suck 3) Lone Gunmen is not funny 4) Buffy rocks on occasion 5) Angel has its moments but mostly sucks 6)The only good Touched By An Angel episode was the one that had Jack Black in it (wait, I never saw that one either) 8) X-Files is losing its touch 9) Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was good its first two weeks 10) Dexter's Labaratory rocks 11) Dawson's Creek is sentimental crap because everyone breaks up every episode 12) Simpsons is getting to the point where it has one keeper per season 13) ER is a soap opera 14)Friends is a white-out of America 15) That 70's Show is underrated 16) Boot Camp has hit the air, and the end of the world is near 17) Malcom In The Middle is decent 18) Gilmore Girls is for women only (no offense, it's just the demographic) 19) Sex and the City is overrated 20) Sopranos ain't too bad. Random thoughts of my weekly television viewing.

  • April 3, 2001, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Dee Dee! Get out of my laboratory!!!

    by Helos

    Hazzah! to the best show on television, Dexter's Laboratory. Also hazzah to Junkyard Wars and Buffy. Give me a channel alternating Junkyard Wars, Buffy, and Dexter, and I'll be happy. As for the rest.... Titus is good. Not great, but good. I tip my hat to the only sitcom on television that dares to be MEAN. The Lone Gunmen try too hard. Watching it is almost painful...Chris Carter is acting like he's DESPARATELY trying to have another success. Did Millenium really hurt him THAT badly? The X-files suck. It was my favorite show up until the season cliff-hanger last year. They've not just jumped the shark....the motorcycle rider has went home, ate dinner, and gone to bed.

  • April 3, 2001, 4:33 a.m. CST

    "Burn Leary Burn"???

    by KazamaSmokers

    Considering Leary's from Worcester, that's one nasty turn of phrase...

  • April 3, 2001, 5:28 a.m. CST

    X-Files renewed?

    by G0nz0

    If the X-files is renewed, where are they putting the Tick. Warburton said it would be between the Simpsons and Malcolm. Is the Tick going to get Fox's Sunday night 8pm slot?! I'm a huge tick fan and think the big blue arachnid of vigilance deserves the slot, but is this the beginning of the end for the Simpsons or is the X-files leaving Sunday?

  • April 3, 2001, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Am I The Only One Who Enjoys THE FUGITIVE?

    by RightWing Dude

    I'm sorry to hear about its (potential) cancellation. I hope that Kimble finds the one-armed man in the final episode!

  • April 3, 2001, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Titus...not perfect, but better than most

    by Andy_Christ

    Almost all the good jokes are played off of or delivered by Stacy Keach. Anything to do with the shop, though, is pretty cheesy, IMO. Partly, it's just that it all seems about as awkward as that damn wing they stuck on the car in one ep, mostly, its that THAT IS NOT A FUCKING GARAGE! A garage is FILTHY. You could perform SURGERY in there!

  • April 3, 2001, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Jack of All Trades

    by Scissorhands

    Can someone please tell me what the hell happened to Bruce Campbells Jack of All Trades?? Now this was a fun show with some great lines....

  • April 3, 2001, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Lone Gunmen!!!

    by Clavius

    Loved 'em on the X-Files. Love 'em even more on their own. Basically an entire series of the "funny" episodes of X-Files (which were my always favorite anyway) and puts them in the spotlight. I hope it doesn't go away any time soon.

  • April 3, 2001, 10:20 a.m. CST

    The Death of Ben Gideon?

    by Hardyboy

    After last night's cliffhanger, with Gideon apparently suffering a heart attack, I wondered, "Is this show being cancelled?" Then I read THIS news. I've watched the show all season, and I think it's great: well-written, well-acted, moving, and intelligent. Why is it networks profess to want to put quality shows on TV--not to mention those that put minorities in roles as admirable authority figures--and then schedule them in lousy time slots and refuse to allow an audience to build? I'm also disappointed by the news about The Fugitive: I like that it pays hommage to the original David Janssen series while creating a more interesting background for the one-armed man and adding contemporary themes related to the Internet and bounty hunters. Maybe, in the end, the fault is ours: we complain about the garbage on TV, but how many of us will switch over to a better show?

  • April 3, 2001, 10:43 a.m. CST

    CANCEL SIMPSONS!!

    by awkwardboyhero

    Give it the axe before it becomes more embarrassing and worthless and tremendously unfunny than it is already. It is a SHADOW, a HUSK, a withered dry SHELL of its former self -- the current producers have driven the show into the ground and then pissed on it. Take the "snow day" episode of several weeks back. The show was filled with jokes more suited to the Farrelly Brothers' trash-can. Gross-out humor on the Simpsons? -- they never had to stoop that low for laughs before. (and I've seen SNL skits that have better endings than the Simpsons). The Death of Maude episode -- what was that all about? Killing off a useless character for the sake of ratings? Leaving us in mild suspense of who will go? FOX has to know when to pull the plug. The Simpsons producers have got to know that enough is enough, and it's time to put an old good dog to sleep. END THE SHOW WHILE WE STILL CAN REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS BRILLIANT AND GOOD...

  • April 3, 2001, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Simpsons should be retired to pasture

    by Chris Knight TFN

    With each passing week, "The Simpsons" illustrates why death ain't such a bad thing after all. The show's had its heyday. It was fresh and enthused. Now with each passing new ep it becomes a shriveled, pus-laden carcass of its past glory. Let it die with honor. Time to move on. I'm not suggesting doing away with the whole idea at all per se, but the ground's been grazed WAY too many times. Move on to a full-length Simpsons movie, that'll keep it alive for sure!

  • April 3, 2001, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Save The Lone Gunmen and Gary & Mike!

    by Pippin's Diamond

    C'mon, the Gunmen just need more time! It's Carter's best show after the X-Files (followed IMHO by Strange Luck and Millennium. I thought Harsh Realm kinda sucked). Also, Gary & Mike does not deserve to fade silently into the night, either. It's a hilarious show, I like it much better than The Simpsons now. How about that episode with the Klingon-speaking prostitute? C'mon! And while The Gunmen's future is blurry and Gary & Mike's is blacker than an ant's eye, garbage like Dawson's Creek and Temptation Island is renewed?? There is no God.

  • April 3, 2001, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Gilmore Girls - Great Dialogue, Great Legs

    by Prof_Oblivion

    Great show. Really witty dialogue - the main characters are smart and funny and contantly wired on coffee & speed-rapping about something. The jokes go by fast and they dont dwell on them, there's always another caffeinated line ahead. Did I mention the mother (Lauren Graham) has the best legs on television. The daughter has eyes like an anime character...freakin headlamps. - Prof_Oblivion

  • April 3, 2001, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I agree with Studio Snitch/Save Gideon's Crossing

    by kodiak_j

    Homicide is probably one of the best shows that I have watched. A lot of it's success can be placed squarely on the shoulders of Andre Braugher. Now he's in a new series, giving just as compelling a performance as he did in Homicide. Not only that, the entire cast is doing an excellent job. What in the world is wrong with ABC? Is there a place where we can petition them to keep it on the air? As for The Lone Gunman: That series is so much better than I expected it would be. That's the problem with Fox. They keep moving shows around, hyping them like crazy, then cancelling them before they can catch on. They're shooting themself in the foot. Let it run a while longer. BTW: Whatever happened to the blonde woman on Gideon's Crossing? I miss one episode, and I feel like missed an entire season.

  • April 3, 2001, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I agree with Studio Snitch/Save Gideon's Crossing

    by kodiak_j

    Homicide is probably one of the best shows that I have watched. A lot of it's success can be placed squarely on the shoulders of Andre Braugher. Now he's in a new series, giving just as compelling a performance as he did in Homicide. Not only that, the entire cast is doing an excellent job. What in the world is wrong with ABC? Is there a place where we can petition them to keep it on the air? As for The Lone Gunman: That series is so much better than I expected it would be. That's the problem with Fox. They keep moving shows around, hyping them like crazy, then cancelling them before they can catch on. They're shooting themself in the foot. Let it run a while longer. BTW: Whatever happened to the blonde woman on Gideon's Crossing? I miss one episode, and I feel like missed an entire season.

  • April 3, 2001, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Gideon's Crossing

    by Mockingbird Girl

    Add my voice to the chorus of voices pointing out that GIDEON'S CROSSING is well acting and intelligently scripted and deserves better from ABC. All that *and* actual racial diversity to boot! If you haven't tuned in yet, try to catch the season finale next Monday at 10pm EST. (By the way, I think Gideon's collapse this week was *not* a heart attack but probably an ulcer or something gastrointestinal.)<P> For whomever asked about the blonde English intern, she was driving home late one night after pulling a triple shift and was so tired that she drove on the wrong side road and was flattened by a semi. It was certainly a surprise to see a series regular killed off so easily, but also struck me as quite realistic.

  • April 3, 2001, 2:21 p.m. CST

    very first talkback for me...

    by XeRocks

    I just wannna say first I'm very happy Fox has renewed Ally Mcbeal cos' this season is the first i've watched since season one, and, fuck it I thought it was cancelled or something before this season started and I have to say that Robert Downey Jr is an acting genius (hope he can keep out of troublem from now on though). Secondly I'd like to take a second to stick up for Dawson's Creek, I know pretty much everybody here seems either to hate it or not to give a rat's ass about it but I'm a huge fan and I'm glad they'e getting one more season. But that's all, I think one more season is enough though, I'd give 'em this one and then off with it. It could have ened with this one since they're graduating High school and all but the way I see it Kevin Williamson needs one more season so that Dawson and Joey finally end up together... cos' that's the way it should end...

  • April 3, 2001, 2:52 p.m. CST

    This sucks

    by wicked9690

    First Big Apple is cancelled, one of the best new dramatic shows that got put in a bad time slot and not given a chance Now it looks like Gideon's Crossing won't be returning and will no doubt be replaced by some lame crap.

  • April 3, 2001, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I ask myself...

    by kobayashi

    does anyone really care? these shows are all crap. Buffy, Survivor, Sopranos and West Wing are the only shows worth our time anyhow...

  • April 3, 2001, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Not Gideon's Crossing too!!!

    by hah1017

    This is sad news. I think that Gideon's Crossing is the second best show on television right now, after The West Wing. It is intelligently written and well acted. I enjoy every episode immensely. I hope that ABC reconsiders this decision...it would really be a travesty.

  • April 3, 2001, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Big Apple kicks major ass!!!

    by DarthKurt

    I was so pissed off when I heard that it had been cancelled. Most people will never see what a great dramatic actor Ed O'Neill is. It's a damn shame for a damn good show.

  • April 3, 2001, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Titus

    by Grimace

    To those of you that don't know what it's like to grow up in a messed-up family, I envy you. But do me a favor and let the rest of us enjoy the show for what it is. Nothing can kill the Grimace.

  • April 3, 2001, 7:56 p.m. CST

    The Job

    by TubaGuy63

    The Job is one of the best shows on TV. Yea, it would be better if it were on HBO or Showtime, but it still kicks ass! The only problem with the show is that it's only a half hour. The show ends before you know it. ABC really should renew this show without a second thought!

  • April 3, 2001, 8:06 p.m. CST

    SAVE GIDEON'S CROSSING!!!!! (Oh, and Lone Gunmen)

    by cripster

    Of all the items on the "endangered" list, GC and LG are the most deserving of saving. Also, I take exception to Hercules' labeling of JAG as "horrible" and CSI as "good." OK, so JAG is one of my guilty pleasures, but at least it doesn't take itself too seriously, unlike the overly self-important CSI. I've watched two complete eps of CSI, and I must say that their grasp of forensic science (you know, the main topic of the show) to be tenuous, at best. If you want to see good forensic science work (without the dramatic histrionics), watch The New Detectives and The FBI Files on Discovery.

  • April 3, 2001, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Fugitive Fan #2!!!!!!!!!!

    by JediCap

    I can't explain it, but I really do like the Fugitive. It would seem that the series has little creative growth because of the original show and a movie, but I am surprised every week (that it is on that is) when I find myself setting the VCR for it. At the same time, literally, I also enjoy the Lone Gunmen. TLG is flat out funny. It makes fun of itself and is so outside the realm of normal serious dramatic tv that the show almost comes across as refreshing. At the very least, it is a show at the opposite end of the X-Files spectrum; an X-Files with Inspector Cleasu (sp) if you will. But, despite both of those shows, my money and time will always go to Farscape first. I just wish that 3 out of the half dozen or so tv shows I watch regularly weren't on at the same time! Grrrr. And by the way, someone was raggin on Simpson's for killing off Maude for ratings; I though that was actually done because the voice actress had died. Wasn't she the same lady that did a lot of the voices for South Park?

  • April 3, 2001, 9:56 p.m. CST

    What's a "horrible show?"

    by spider15

    "Becker" a horrible show? What the hell are you smoking? While I do think it went downhill a bit after the first season or so, it's still very much worth watching just for Ted Danson, who may be one of the actors whose talents most lend themselves to the sitcom format in TV history (in addition to of course Bob Newhart). But the show's still not as good as "Norm." THAT'S in trouble? Just about the only live action current sitcom where you can always laugh alot, out loud, AND for the following five minutes (at least)? Now that might be the must undeserving cancelation since "Action."

  • April 3, 2001, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Junk not

    by cripster

    Just want to add my voice to those praising Junkyard Wars (and Cathy Rogers!!). I live in Humboldt County, CA, home of the original Kinetic Sculpture Race, and a team of KSR regulars made it to the finals in the American JW series. Too bad their ostrich egg broke in their rocket (if that doesn't make you want to watch the show, nothing will).

  • April 4, 2001, 4:58 a.m. CST

    save buffy and popular!!!!

    by VampireReyes

    I hope Buffy and Popular stay on the air for the sake of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Tammy Lynn Michaels and also save Roswell for Emilie De Ravine they all sent me their autographs and Tammy called and left a message on my answering machine.I'd love to see those shows stay and look forward to their continuity.I may be reached at reyes1n2@collegeclub.com

  • April 4, 2001, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Since The Fugitive is being cancelled...

    by chrisd

    can we get Tim Daly back as the voice of Superman for JLA?

  • April 4, 2001, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Titus

    by T.J. "King" Kong

    Titus is one of the few bright spots on TV. Anyone who doubts this should sit down and watch the episode where Papa Titus fakes a heart attack so no will no he wrecked his car while getting a blowjob.

  • April 4, 2001, 10:40 a.m. CST

    The Job

    by 2GOLD

    Is in the top 50, why cancel??? ABC barely EVER gets a show in the top 50! Becker is a TOP 20 show! PEOPLE DO WATCH IT! THE JOB may get cancelled for it's edge, parents are most likely given ABC/Disney flack and now Denis may be out of a job. Gunmen are fine, even if they get cancelled(which they may, haven't seen their ratings) they still have a job on X-Files. Although the odds of a Mulder/Scully less X-Files surviving a weekend is questionable. BRING IN TICK!!! SPOON!!! Most of the WB shows need to go, Dawson's Creek has been two spots from dead last for two years...time to cut your losses WB. If Buffy leaves WB then it dies, an audience may not come and the show will die. Buffy only hope of survival is WB. Name one show folks that left one network and survived on another?? Audience doesn't follow the show when it leaves, it just dies a horrible death.

  • April 4, 2001, 11:04 a.m. CST

    A Thought from Across the Pond

    by JakeThePeg

    In Britain we can through the use of sattelite dishes, cables and ariels catch most of the above shows, and we really wouldn't miss most of them even if we did know they existed (obviously with the exception of BtVS). But unless these is some story I have not heard how could anyone possibly have cancelled 3rd Rock From the Sun?

  • April 4, 2001, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Buffy sucks!

    by the silent end

    Why the hell does everybody seem to be in loooove with that stupid show?! I have never made through a whole episode because it was so fucking BORING. Are you people just watching it to jerk off to Sarah Michelle gellar or something? Anyway is beyond me that most've you hate Titus. What Sitcom would you rather watch? Becker? em... i think not! Yes, dear? I'd rather get my balls chewed off by a rat! Titus ain't Seinfeld but you have to admit it's way better that the other shit that's playing. Other cool shows are the lone gunmen, king of queens, the oblongs, norm (the best sitcom out there), friends (but not for long...), the mole, Shasta! (kidding!). I was a fan of the family guy too. It was even getting better that the simpsons who i wish they would retire with honors cuz it now sucks shit!

  • April 4, 2001, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Let Buffy and Popular stay

    by VampireReyes

    I love those shows!:-[

  • April 4, 2001, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Big Apple

    by BigBronxBear

    Big Apple is the best show to come along since NBC's Homicide and West Wing. Typically, CBS won't let a fascinating, complex show with brilliant involved scripts and a superb cast find its footing. If it doesn't catch on in two seconds they yank it. No wonder CBS is turning into a minor league network. Didn't these morons learn anything from the success of The Sopranos? Cheers, Frazier, Hill Street Blues, and Seinfeld all started out slow, but were nurtured and became giant hits. I guess at CBS they have a better idea. Total fools. I can't believe these cretins get paid to make these decisions.

  • April 4, 2001, 7:28 p.m. CST

    BUFFY FUCKING SUCKS!

    by OperaMan

    God, the WB has the most fucking overrated shows ever! Buffy is crap, so is Angel, Gilmore Girls is totally for rich white chicks (and sucks) Roswell is touchy BS, and Dawsons Creek sucks. UPN sucks too, except for Gary and Mike. (fuck Smackdown!) ABC is ok, I love Drew Carey and Whose Line is it Anyway? I really got nothing against ABC. CBS sucks-Survivor was ok, but the second one fucking sucks! Everything else is tripe (cept CSI) and the Monday night schedule is pretty good. NBC is ok too, I HATE friends (was funny, now stupid) and Will and Grace is the most annoying piece of shit EVER! Just Shoot Me is ok, I think David Spade is an underrated genius. Ed is funny as fuck. FOX is still the best network, cept for fucking Ally McBeal and Buffy wannabe Dark Angel. However, I'm saddened by the death of Freakylinks-it was a good concept, it didn't quite work, but I think with a more help on Fox's part, it could've been big. The Simpsons is THE best show of all time, but it's time Futurama took that title. (its on various occasions way funnier than anything) Titus and That 70's Show are underrated (T7S is brilliant , I tell ya) and cmon, Boot Camp is THE best reality TV show ever! (FUCK SURVIVOR!) As for HBO, Sex and the City is fucking crap, the Sopranos is cool on occasions, and Arliss sucks. Ok, I feel happier now that Ive gotten that stuff off my chest.

  • April 4, 2001, 7:35 p.m. CST

    To all you Simpsons Bashers

    by BTWR

    I looooove how you guys are so completely the kind of people that the producers make fun of! See the Poochy show episode. All of a sudden, Comic Book Guy says his catchphrase "Worst episode ever" and describes how the show has gone down the tubes. Bart and Lisa then are like "Who are you to be disgusted that this show that gives you free entertainment is not as great as you think it once was?" Hahaha losers!

  • April 4, 2001, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Keep 7 Days!

    by mulrich21

    7 Days is one of the few sci-fi shows out there that provides quality shows and storylines on a regular basis. It's also one of the few that has gotten better over time. Any diehard movie fan can occasionally see where some of the plots are derived straight from--but the show's brilliance is playing with ideas and improving on core sci-fi storylines. It deserves to keep going (hell, give it Voyagers slot!) And as much as I love the show, are fans going to have to wait until the last episode forn Donovan to have a successful backstep? Just once...please...

  • April 5, 2001, 9:44 a.m. CST

    We have a chance to right a wrong...

    by Darkman

    Vote "Drop" on "Popular". One of the worst shows on now. Completely unpleasant characters and ludicrous situations. I can't be the only one who sees this. As with the movies "She's All That", "Never Been Kissed" and "The Rage: Carrie 2", some of the characters are so unlikable, sometimes I wish I could reach into the screen and choke the life out of them. Once more, vote "Drop" on "Popular".

  • April 5, 2001, 11:52 a.m. CST

    OperaMan confused?

    by kylerayner

    Two questions for ya, OpMan: 1. Why/how is Buffy crap? (OK, it's probably my favorite show right now, so I'm biased, but I'm willing to listen to a considered argument against it--just try me.) 2. How can you criticize Gilmore Girls on the grounds of its lack of racial diversity ("totally for rich white chicks"), but then go on to say you love The Drew Carey Show, which also is lily-white? OK, you also said "(and sucks)" relating to GG, but again you didn't elaborate... ** This points out the essence of my problem with a great many of the Talkbackers' tirades: people run around saying such-and-such sucks, that x or y is just awful, without giving a single reason why. Just because you don't like something, people, does NOT mean it suffers from poor quality. I mean, Casablanca doesn't do much for me personally, but I still grant it respect because it's a well-made film. (NOT that I'm putting Buffy or GG on a level with Casablanca, just trying to find an example.) *sigh* --cranky Kyle

  • April 5, 2001, 12:07 p.m. CST

    BTWR's comments and other ramblings.

    by the silent end

    The simpsons should be put out of their misery because i LOVED that show and i hate to see a classic show go down the crapper! I would just want them to quit wile the show has a little dignity left. I know i can always change the channel (and i do) but i just don't want to see it go down the same way SNL did. Who can take SNL seriously now? It once was a great show with memorable cast members and characters but now it's a joke (a bad joke). If the simpsons go on like this it won't be remembered as the triumph it once was but the drivel that it is now just like SNL. Futurama is great so why not let it take over? Let's say your favorite band growing up was Korn and, all of a sudden, they turn out album after album of disco music. Wouldn't you be disapointed? Anyway... other good shows are That 70's show, Conan O'Brian and Mad tv. Oh and what are my top 3 shows of all time? 3- Monty Python 2- the simpsons (when it was good) and the number one show of all time... THE KIDS IN THE HALL. Now come on! Don't tell me someone hates the kids in the hall!

  • April 5, 2001, 7:20 p.m. CST

    The Lone Gunmen better stay on the air, dammit!

    by Cuppa Joe

    I love that show. They were always great characters on the X-Files, and they had proved twice that they could cary their own show with the X-Files episodes Unusal Suspects and Three of a Kind. Their show is great. Compared to 90% of the stupid SHIT that is on the tube these days their show is funny, but also has all the cool mini-conspiracy type stuff that the X-Files had. Like the water-powered car episode. That was a great story, and the Nazi war ciminal was hilarious. I was afraid I'd really hate the Jimmy character after seeing the second episode which was good, but not nearly on par with the pilot, but he's not nearly as bad as I thought he'd be. And of course Yves Adele Harlowe is great in the stories, and for other more hormone-related reasons. In conclusion they MUST KEEP THE SHOW ON THE AIR!!

  • April 8, 2001, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Wooo Hoooo

    by DropKickMurphy

    ED RULES! Good to have it back...i kind of liked the FUGITIVE it just gets that "RATINGS DEATH" night which is Friday...coincidentally which is the same fate that the amazing HOMICIDE suffered. I agree that Geena davis is about a year from gettin' nekkid. Although I'd like to see Ed's CAROL VESSEY get nekkid somewhere sometime soon as well. That is all....it is time, it is time, for stormy weather.

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