I stumbled across a terrific website today that I'm boggled I haven't seen before: Television Obscurities, devoted to shows that crashed and burned upon launch, many of which are largely forgotten today. The site has a poll where you can vote on your choice for the first cancellation of the new season. God Friended Me, one of my picks for the new season, is currently leading the pack.
Some amateur analysis:
I was surprised to have been only the second person to cast a vote for New Amsterdam. I'm all for helping people, but I've found the over-the-top do-gooding in their spots - which have been in heavy rotation - to be cringe-worthy, and I read a review of the pilot today that basically confirmed my reaction.
Looks like a lot of people are convinced The Connors will crash and burn without Roseanne. I personally think it will do well early on (due to the curiosity factor of how they wrote out their star and rebooted the reboot) so while I don't think it will last, I don't think it will be first on the chopping block either.
I was surprised that Manifest rated so high in the poll. NBC has been touting it as the most anticipated new drama of the season and I don't disagree with them. I did see the pilot last night and despite a bunch of less than enthusiastic reviews, was not disappointed. I especially did not see that ending coming. I actually think this will be one of the most successful new shows.
Also not surprised by the Magnum P.I. votes, although I don't see CBS being willing to cancel it early on even if the ratings tank, if for no other reason than to save face on what seemed to be a reboot no one was clamoring for but the network seemed hell-bent on making happen.
Think you know the first show to die a horrible death this season? Get on over to Television Obscurities and cast your vote!