Last Day to Enter Television Death Pool

Today's the last day to enter the Ted Marshall Open Television Death Pool, a contest to predict the shows most likely to be cancelled during the fall TV season. To play, you must predict 10 comedies, dramas, games shows or news programs on the five major networks -- ABC, CBS, CW, FOX and NBC -- that will be cancelled by Aug. 31, 2010.

Last year I finished in a tie for 24th place by picking eight shows that went to their doom:

  • ER (NBC)
  • 90210 (CW)
  • Opportunity Knocks (ABC)
  • The Mentalist (CBS)
  • Life On Mars (ABC)
  • Privileged (CW)
  • Eli Stone (ABC)
  • Easy Money (CW)
  • My Own Worst Enemy (NBC)
  • The Ex List (CBS)

My biggest miss was The Mentalist, the cop drama with Simon Baker playing a former fake psychic who uses his keen powers of observation to fight crime. The show was an enormous hit, averaging 15.9 million viewers, and one of the top 10 shows of the entire season. I also missed on 90210, a show I'm ashamed to admit I watched four times.

This year, I'll be blogging about the contest and the new TV season on Mister Television, a new blog I'm launching with Television's Jonathan Bourne.


Alas, I'm awful at TV death pools: I find 95% of stuff on tv to be such utter crap that it deserves a quick death. Trying to separate out which of these turds the dumbed-down general public will still find tolerable gets harder every year.

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