It’s that time of year when TV experts are predicting the future for some of our favorite shows.
Some of them are already a lock for another season while others futures aren’t quite as clear. Among those are Fox’s series Fringe, Alcatraz and Terra Nova.
TV by the Numbers‘ Robert Seidman says the outlook for all three is bleak. Seidman believes all three will be cancelled by Fox in the coming weeks.
Seidman says that while Alcatraz started strong, it’s lost viewers each week of its five week run. That could spell the end for the series.
He also says it’s likely that Fringe will end with its fourth season. Some have argued Fox may give it a fifth season to get the series close to 100 episodes for syndication purposes.
“Could what happened last year happen again? Sure it could,” Seidman said. “But last year, even though we got it wrong it was easy to make a case for renewal based on the conventional wisdom of studios discounting shows to get to enough episodes for syndication. Fringe will have enough episodes after the current season though. If it’s renewed it will be anything but conventional. But because it’s Fringe it’s merely a likely cancellation rather than a certain cancellation.”
As for Terra Nova, Seidmman predicts the high price tag for the episodes may be the death knell for that series. However, the glimmer of hope comes from the fact that episodes for Terra Nova have pulled bigger numbers than Alcatraz the past two weeks.