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Tough going among most new series touted last May with a few triumphs among dramas 4/29/2013 12:01:00 AM Eastern

It has been, by most accounts, a tough broadcast season,
with increasing DVR usage dragging down every network's overnight ratings, NBC
having a bipolar year of jubilant highs and record lows, and few bona fide hits
to point to overall.

While last season was a shining year for comedies, 2012-13
saw more drama success, with NBC's Revolution,
CBS' Elementary, Fox's The Following and The CW's Arrow proving worthy additions. There
were just as many drama duds, however, that suffered from outlandish plots (Do No Harm, Zero Hour, Cult) or
overly generic premises (Made in Jersey,
Mob Doctor). And comedy, increasingly
the lifeblood of the broadcast business (along with sports), generally
languished among the rookie entries.

Last May, the Big Five picked up 39 series, down
from 46 the prior year, with some still yet to premiere and others that never
got to the starting blocks. With development executives preparing once again to
screen pilots and make tough decisions in the coming weeks, here are the
winners and losers of last year's crop.

ABC

 Show  Status  How It Scored
 666 Park Avenue
 Canceled Supernatural drama failed to scare up enough viewers.

 Family Tools
 Premieres May 1 Family comedy getting test in Suburgatory time slot.

 How to Live With Your Parents
 Airing now April entry showing decent retention out of Modern Family; With Your Parents renewal seems likely.

 Last Resort
 Canceled Male-skewing action dr ma couldn't self-start on Thursdays.

 Malibu Country
 Recent finale Paired well on Friday with Last Man Standing but recently lost both its showrunners; remains on the bubble.

 Mistresses  Premieres June 3

Soapy female ensemble drama will help build out net's summer schedule.

 Nashville  Airing now Modest overnights but loyal following and critical cachet; renewal likely.

 The Neighbors
 Recent finale Ratings weren't as bad as its reviews; decent shot at renewal.

 Red Widow
 Airing now Weak numbers out of a deflated Revenge; cancelation predicted.

 Zero Hour
 Canceled Wacky time-traveling drama is latest casualty of Thursday 8 p.m. slot.



CBS

 Show Status
How It Scored
Elementary  Renewed This Sherlock Holmes update fit perfectly on CBS' procedural-heavy lineup.

Friend Me
 Never aired The untimely death of creator Alan Kirschenbaum kept this midseason entry from making the schedule.

Golden Boy
 Airing now Respectable premiere earned it Vegas' Tuesday time slot, but second season unlikely given the Eye's high bar.

The Job
 Canceled Limping ratings got this Friday reality entry fired after two outings.

Made in Jersey
 Canceled The season's first casualty; axed from Fridays after two episodes.

Partners  Canceled Net's sole comedy found CBS calling Rules of Engagement off the bench by November.

Vegas  Airing now Large audience but graying demo; seems unlikely to return even on Fridays.

The CW

 Show Status
How It Scored
 Arrow  Renewed A much-needed buzzy hit that brought a male audience back to the network.

Beauty and the Beast
 Airing now Middling ratings despite the network's strongest lead-in, The Vampire Diaries; on the bubble for next season.

The Carrie Diaries
 Recent finale Midseason entry falls short of Gossip Girl's crown; cancelation likely.

Cult  Canceled Shipped to Fridays after two episodes before being pulled in April.

Emily Owens, M.D.
 Canceled Weak ratings didn't earn this medical drama a back-nine order.

Fox

Show
Status
How It Scored
Ben and Kate
 Canceled  Critical praise wasn't enough to keep this sweet comedy in the Tuesday block past January.

The Following
 Renewed  Kevin Bacon + serial killers = drama success.

The Goodwin Games
 Premieres May 20  Much-delayed family comedy will finally bow more than a year after it was first announced.

The Mindy Project
 Renewed  Struggled out of a weakened New Girl, but creative improvement earned the Mindy Kaling vehicle a second season.

The Mob Doctor
 Canceled  Only Fox's weak drama bench kept this terribly titled procedural from getting the scalpel until January.

NBC

Show
Status
How It Scored
1600 Penn
 Recent finale  Likely one-term comedy didn't break out on network's sinking Thursday.

Animal Practice
 Canceled  Not even a monkey could save this overly generic comedy.

Chicago Fire
 Airing now  With a rumored spinoff in the works, Dick Wolf all but assured another renewal.

Deception  Off the schedule  Lackluster midseason soap headed for cancelation.

Do No Harm
 Canceled  Medical drama earned worst-rated scripted network debut ever; swiftly axed.

Go On
Recent finale  Matthew Perry vehicle launched as season's top comedy but collapsed without The Voice; remains on the bubble.

Guys With Kids
 Off the schedule  Jimmy Fallon-produced multi-cam survived through February but unlikely to return.

Hannibal  Airing now  Consistent ratings should keep this serial killer drama alive through next season.

The New Normal
 Recent finale  Ryan Murphy's blended family comedy suffered in midseason; on the bubble for renewal.

Next Caller
 Never aired  Dane Cook midseason comedy scrapped over creative issues.

Revolution  Airing now  The fall's top drama launch; renewal assured.

Save Me
 Premieres May 23  Anne Heche comedy to burn off this summer.

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