Is it just me, or has the television industry gotten really brutal over the last few years?
I remember the days when tv shows began in the fall, had a short break during the holidays, then wrapped up just as summer was starting. I looked forward to watching episodes again as they would repeat during the summer or watch episodes of Happy Days or something. And before you ask, no I'm not THAT old, they used to air it on what is now the CW in the early 90's and I loved it. Anyway, now we have mid-season replacements and countless reality shows that make the old tv season a thing of the past.
Now granted, I don't blame the networks for finally realizing that having new shows on year-round makes them a lot more money than repeats but it's become an absolute war to keep shows on the air, even those that have already proved themselves successful. A flurry of renewals and cancellations over the weekend is the latest example.
I think the most highly anticipated verdict was Fox deciding to renew Dollhouse. I thought for sure it was a goner, but they've given it 13 more episodes. I hear part of the decision was looking at Hulu and DVR numbers which, duh, get with the times - of course those count! Sadly, according to the Ausiello Files, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been canned. I'd hoped they'd wait to see how Terminator Salvation did this weekend before they made a decision but I guess not. He's got a full run down there of what's staying and what's going if you want to give it a look. Some might even change by the time you're reading this.
Besides deciding what stays and what goes, some networks are even prepared to pick up what others decide to leave behind like giant tv-show-eating vultures. And don't forget, if your favorite show only lasts one season, there's 10 brand new shows waiting take it's place. If all else fails, there's always Happy Days.