Fall TV: Who Makes The Grade?

by ETonline Staff 5:01 PM PDT, May 29, 2012
Playing Fall TV: Who Makes The Grade?

Primetime television endured a bit of a bloodbath this spring as ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX sent a multitude of their programs to the chopping block to make room for a revamped fall lineup. As we inch closer to the upcoming season, TV Guide's Matt Roush breaks down the network's best and worst decisions for the fall. 

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With the recent departure of Desperate Housewives, ABC is placing its bets on fan favorites like Once Upon a Time, Suburgatory and Revenge, sloughing off the high-profile "flops" Pan Am, GCB and Charlie's Angels. Overall Roush gives the network a "B" rating for its original programming, especially Revenge which he deems as the "Dynasty of our moment right now."

CBS hit a home run all around in renewing Person of Interest and 2 Broke Girls. Roush dishes especially high praise for the reinvention of the hit show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (i.e., casting Ted Danson and Elizabeth Shue) as they fill the void left by star Marg Helgenberger.

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FOX aims to please the young crowd with the return of New Girl, Glee and The X Factor. While the singing competition didn't hit a home run as expected last season, new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will likely push the show into American Idol level success.

Smash and The Voice were big hits with NBC, breathing new life into the network which Roush gives tentative grade to as they've yet to roll out their replacements for axed Are You There Chelsea?, Awake, Best Friends Forever and Bent. While Community and Parks and Recreation were on the cusp, the network's renewal may supply a new legion of fans to the cult favorites.