Battle of the Mid-Mid Season Shows: Which Will Get the Axe First? - Featured

TV Land is different these days. There's not just one midseason (where new shows are launched around January or February), but two, where a second wave of new shows are launched in March and April.

Near the beginning of March we saw the premiere of NBC's reality-themed food show, Chopping Block, as well as new cop dramedy Castle (starring the always adorable Nathan Fillion). Just last week, we saw the debut of new sitcoms Party Down (on Starz) and Better Off Ted (on ABC) and new drama Kings on NBC. Tonight is the launch of another new ABC sitcom, In the Motherhood and in the coming weeks we'll be seeing the premieres of:

Cupid - March 31st on ABC (ABC now has the first 10 minutes available for preview)

Surviving Suburbia - April 6th on ABC

The Unusuals - April 8th on ABC

Southland - April 9th on NBC

Parks & Recreation - April 9th on NBC

Harper's Island - April 19th on CBS

Sit Down, Shut Up - April 19th on FOX

Of the shows that have already premiered, Castle's been doing alright in the ratings, but Chopping Block, Better Off Ted and Kings have been getting crushed.

Thus, of the mid-mid season shows, which one do you think will get the axe first? One of the shows that has already premiered? One of the upcoming premieres (does anybody really care about Surviving Suburbia)? Discuss!

Update: And the winner is...Chopping Block! (Source) So now we're going for 2nd place...



Mar 26, 2009 7:39PM EDT

I would say we'll see Chopping Block get axed first, but with the ridiculous survival rate of so many bad reality shows, I'll say Better Off Ted will most likely be the first to go. Sitcoms have a rough time making it these days as we've already seen a number of this fall's newbies go as well as last fall's. I'm afraid this same fate will fall on In the Motherhood, but I'm crossing my fingers for a surprising hit!

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Mar 26, 2009 10:24PM EDT

I'm suprised that Castle had good ratings. So far I am very much dissappointed in the show, I thought the whole season was going to be about murders from Castle's book, not just the pilot. Without that it's just another crime drama but with a touch of some comedy... as much as I like Nathan Fillion I won't watch ANOTHER crime drama(dramedy?) just for him.
So unless Castle doesn't change it will get axed!

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Mar 27, 2009 6:42AM EDT

wow, Chopping Block got chopped after three weeks? Well, reality shows are easy to get rid of! I habe to get round to watching Castle to see what I think. Has the Whedon curse cast it's gloomy hand on Nathan Fillion too? ;-0

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Apr 1, 2009 6:09AM EDT

I think Castle will survive. So far it seems the two leads are the only things holing up this show. Looks like another Bones pairing in the making. I may be wrong, but then again I am biased as I like this show and I want it to stcik around. Don't care much for sitcoms but hope that In the Motherhood does well.

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Apr 1, 2009 10:08PM EDT

I really actually really enjoy Castle, as it takes a nice sideways look at the crime show genre. I prefer Castle over CSI, which seems always to be self explaining and over the top in the dialogue, where each character is always explaining to the other "scientists" what they are doing, as if each member of the CSI team would not already know what was up, plus I find it just plain silly, I know it is a show about the CSI unit, but the jump in reality from what they actually do in real life to the show goes outside the bounds of suspension of disbelief... anyway, with Castle, i enjoy the comedy side, the outside stories and interplay of the characters, which gives the show room to grow and allowing greater story possibilities. Great chemistry between the leads and decent story lines.

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Apr 2, 2009 12:38AM EDT

though I feel the idea of Castle is close to being a complete ripoff of Bones so far I find it really enjoyable. At this point I think only Castle and Cupid should stay as they both have that perfect mixture of comedy and drama that everyone should take note of.

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Apr 4, 2009 3:18PM EDT

I actually also like Castle. I thought the first two episodes were creative and unique. The other two could have been better, but they were still enjoyable to watch. The chemistry between the two leads is good and I love that Castle's daughter reminds me of Rory from Gilmore Girls. I hope Castle stays.

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Apr 17, 2009 1:55PM EDT

Southland is superb. Castle, not so much. No real chemistry there - the policewoman is too detached to be a serious contender for a romantic interest.Southland I can't really fault. Excellent storylines, brilliant writing, great characters, good backstories being revealled slowly.

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Apr 18, 2009 12:10AM EDT

agree with avenue12 about the CSI jump. i used to watch at least 1 out of 3 CSI shows in the week but it has been a LONG while, and i turned on CSI NY last wednesday and the crazy futuristic technology was too much...what was with the sparkly raindrop crime scene reconstruction tool? freaky!
i like castle, but the writers definitely needs to increase the connection to castle's novels and keep the comedy fresh and clever, because while the comedy sets it apart, it hasn't reached 'awesome' levels to where it can stay safe rating-wise. there's just too many choices for viewers!

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Apr 19, 2009 5:58PM EDT

I am enjoying Castle, and often find myself laughing out loud. Especially enjoy how he continues to circumvent the normal delays of police work by having the mayor and other important people as fans. Like many great shows though I don't think that this one will stay on the air. That may be my pessimism because they seem to cancel most of the shows I get hooked on.

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May 2, 2009 12:03AM EDT

I'm enjoying Castle at the moment. Nathan Fillion is just fun to watch, no matter what he does. That said though... I would love to see the daughter character get the axe.. she bugs the hell out of me. That bit where she woke Castle up to tell him that she jumped the turnstile on the subway (she was in tears!) was just painful and annoying and I want to either see her grow-up, or hit the road.

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Jun 2, 2009 4:04AM EDT

Ok, I do not care for Castle because the preview made it look like another cheesy crime drama. The same can be said for the Unusuals.
Now for the good stuff...
Just got done watching Southland and it was just amazing. On a scale from 1-10 I have to give it a 9.76 (on my 1-10 scale that is impossibly good). The drama, the intense action and the characters mysterious history and backgrounds just keeps you hooked. Do not be like me and feel discouraged after watching 2 episodes of the show. To give you all a better understanding of what Southland is like its sort of like watching COPs and The Wire at the same time. Everything seems very realistic and it is not too over the top. And just to let you know....yes, Los Angeles is almost exactly how they depict it in Southland. Even though I live 40 minutes away from there, I practically almost live there and that is how LA is.

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Jun 6, 2009 8:21PM EDT

Without looking at the actors, Castle does look a lot like bones. But while Angel is a bit of a douche, Nathan Fillion is actually funny. Both shows have bad scriptwriting with predictable plots, but Castle is actually watchable. They overwrite the daughters innocence along with giving too much screen time to Stana Katic, and the preview was terrible, I give you that lukemeister. But give it a chance. It'll grow on you.

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Jun 12, 2009 2:42AM EDT

I'll give it a chance. But you should definately give Southland a chance as well =)

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