The CW has three dramas that are not doing all that well, but the pilots in the pipeline for new shows that might replace them are a bit iffy.
NIKITA, HART OF DIXIE, and RINGER all have dismal ratings. Based on ratings alone all three should be cancelled. RINGER, however, is a quality production with a lot of potential, and it has Zoey Deutch and Sarah Michelle Gellar. It is the reason I now watch THE SECRET CIRCLE regularly, and the reason I am writing this. (I got curious about what else the CW was running.)
Though RINGER got off to a bad start the problems have been corrected and, so long as some of the plots are resolved by season’s end and folks don’t need to have studiously watched all previous episodes to know what’s going on, this one could easily build an audience around a revised premise for season 2 (let’s say the Martin family moves to Los Angeles, with Siobhan following in secret after giving birth, still plotting against them).
NIKITA, with its cartoony fight scenes, doesn’t work as spy vs spy, and as a superhero, Nikita is just not sufficiently super. HART OF DIXIE is just difficult to watch. I tried. Small towns are just not interesting.
The reason I don’t think they’ll cancel all three shows is the astonishing mediocrity of all but three of the pilots they have ordered.
Two new shows that are a virtual certainty for the CW’s fall schedule are THE CARRIE DIARIES, the SEX AND THE CITY prequel starring AnnaSophia Robb who puts no space between her first and middle names, and used to be Violet in Tim Burton’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, with Smallville alumnus Kristin Kreuk as Beauty. Of the other possible shows, the most interesting is FIRST CUT, a medical show which will star Maimie Gummer and Necar Zadegan. I do not believe the CW has ever had a medical show in its lineup, but it could happen, and I would like to see Zadegan, who was quite good in the film ELENA UNDONE, as a series regular.
Then there is ARROW. The Green Arrow is just not a superhero who can carry a TV series, and Justin Hartley will not be playing G.A. It will try, I suppose, to go after the folks who watched SMALLVILLE, and it will confuse them a bit.
There are four more pilots ordered by the CW and there is no reason to mention any of them.