'New TV Shows Teeter on the Brink', some featuring former verse favorites. The TV Network up-fronts are just weeks away from announcing their new fall schedules. So which shows are solid returns, which shows are on the fence, and which will not becoming back.
"Criminal Minds" on CBS and "Bones" on Fox have been renewed for next season, while the fates of "Conviction" on NBC and "Freddie" on ABC remain uncertain.
Beyond "Criminal Minds," CBS also has confirmed that it will return the drama "Ghost Whisperer," as well as the comedy "How I Met Your Mother." CBS also seems highly likely to renew both the midseason drama "The Unit". CBS could also choose to save at least one more drama, "Close to Home," a truly close call that would almost surely make it on another, less stocked network.
"American Idol" is such a juggernaut these days — and Fox has added so many more hours of that series this season — that the network's programmers could whistle pass any graveyard of failed shows. But Fox has added a couple of useful new pieces, including "Prison Break" and another drama it has already renewed, "Bones."
None of NBC's other new entries offered much help to that struggling network. "Conviction," the new drama from Dick Wolf of "Law & Order" fame, may still have an outside chance to stay alive, but little else does."
April 15 2006
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