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11 Bubble Shows We Want to Save

Yahoo TV Staff
Yahoo TV
May 2, 2014

You are not alone.

We know people say that all the time, but when it comes to the current lineup of shows on the bubble and at risk of being canceled, we really mean it. We love these shows, too.

And to prove it, our editors and contributors have each selected a TV show in danger they feel passionately about to make one last plea before the networks hand down their final scheduling decisions later this month. Listen up, networks: Here are 11 shows we desperately need to see come back next fall.

"Law & Order: SVU" (NBC)

Debuting in 1999 (this is the 15th season!), "SVU" is the lone survivor amongst Dick Wolf's veritable "Law & Order" franchise, and with good reason; its amazing cast, unique niche (sexually-based offenses), and great writing make it worth saving yet again. Although NBC's marketing machine has mostly moved on to its Chicago-based cops and firefighters franchise, Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino, and Ice-T remain the three hardest-working city employees on TV. This season's subplot with Det. Amanda Rollins's downward spiral into an alcoholism-fueled exploration of NYC's underbelly was Emmy-worthy. "SVU" is truly in a creative renaissance, and when it eventually does go, it deserves the courtesy of strong advance notice from the network brass. — Jeremy Blacklow

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"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC)

Part of "S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" problem was that people were comparing it to "The Avengers," rather than its natural competition: "Arrow." That other series about a little-known comic book character had a bumpy first season, but is now widely regarded as one of the better superhero shows in TV history. The back half of "S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" first season is a vast improvement on the front end, and they've finally found their sweet spot when crossing over into the Marvel movies. There has to be a Season 2, if for no other reason than "Guardians of the Galaxy" may tell us what Coulson's blue alien is. — Robert Chan

[Related: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Star J. August Richards Hopes His Deathlok Portrayal Inspires Everyone]

"The Crazy Ones" (CBS)

“The Crazy Ones” boasts a big name producer (David E. Kelley), a star-studded cast, outrageous plotlines (where else can you find a coffee rain shower?), and plenty of Robin Williams riffing. And yet it’s still in jeopardy, even after that awesome "Mork & Mindy" reunion of Williams and Pam Dawber and cameos from Kelly Clarkson and Brad Paisley. Seriously, how much more star power can one sitcom offer? (Josh Groban as jingle writer Danny Chase? We rest our case!) "Mad Men" doesn't corner the market on advertising-themed shows (although James Wolk is smartly on both series), and some comic relief is in order in TV's ad world anyway, so it'd be crazy if CBS ditches this single-camera comedy too soon. — Victoria Leigh Miller

[Video: Take a Look Back at Season 1 of 'The Crazy Ones']

"Nashville" (ABC)

"Nashville" is more down-and-dirty than the rodeo, which is why we just can't get enough. The love triangles continue to get more tangled and the drama just doesn't quit, but the ABC show still holds true to its country roots and keeps music as a focus, which keeps me coming back. With all of the characters that brought down the show gone — here's looking at you, Peggy, Lamar Wyatt, and Beverly O'Connor — "Nashville" has nowhere to go but up. Will Scarlett finally conquer her demons? Will Juliette and Avery find their happily-ever-after? Will Maddie and Daphne please put out a new song? Will Gunnar finally make it big? Besides those need-to-know questions being answered, a life without the sexy tension between Rayna and Deacon would be too much for me to bear. Prying minds need to know if country's star-crossed duo can put their past to rest and get back together to make a little more than sweet music. Save "Nashville," y'all. — Jenny Depper

"Hannibal" (NBC)

Sure, it's amazing that a show this gruesome even airs on a network in the first place. But now that we've gotten a taste of Hannibal Lecter's carnivorous delights, we're hungry for more. This "Silence of the Lambs" prequel completely bucks the trend of terrible TV reboots with gorgeous photography and set design, Emmy-caliber acting (especially by Hugh Dancy as tortured investigator Will Graham), and ultra-compelling psychological warfare between Graham and the bloodthirsty Dr. Lecter (a chilling Mads Mikkelsen). If NBC doesn't have the stomach for a Season 3, maybe a cable network or streaming service will step up and keep this sumptuous feast going. — Dave Nemetz

[Related: 'Hannibal' Introduces Michael Pitt as Mason Verger: Who Is He?]

"Enlisted" (Fox)

Despite Fox airing episodes of this military-themed comedy out of order and ignoring the obvious idea of pairing it with their other smart workplace comedy, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Enlisted" has managed to earn a devoted fanbase that includes viewers, TV critics, and even the Army itself. (The Army Times wrote an editorial requesting the network give the series a better timeslot.) Fans have been creative and prolific in sharing its charms on Twitter, and series creator Kevin Biegel and the cast have been equally creative and prolific in expressing their appreciation for the support. All those warm fuzzies aside, the best reason to keep "Enlisted" in the Fox lineup is this: It's sweet, it's clever, and the writers and actors clearly both love their characters and delight in their imperfections. Mixing humor with just the right amount of heart is no small thing, which is why so few sitcoms do it well. "Enlisted" does, so here's to Fox allowing the show to soldier on to Season 2. — Kimberly Potts

"Revenge" (ABC)

While the plot may have been a little all over the place the past few seasons (cough, the Initiative), "Revenge" has finally gotten back to its "Revenge"-y roots. We need more time for Emily to finalize her Hamptons wrath! This season has finally set up the final Thorne/Grayson showdown we have all been waiting for, so let's see it play out. Also, who wants their Sunday night dose of eye candy to go away? Whether you’re Team Aiden, Team Jack, or Team Daniel (does that still exist?), all of them are easy on the eyes. They can stick around for a while. — Taryn Ryder

"About a Boy" (NBC)

A lazy, unemployed dude who pretends to be a single parent for sex may sound like a character that would bring more frustration than laughs to a comedy. But over the past few weeks, I've fallen in love with San Francisco resident Will Freeman (David Walton) on NBC's "About A Boy." I'm so happy he's embraced his unlikely friendship with 11-year-old Marcus (Benjamin Stockham). His willingness to teach the young neighbor baseball or battle the school bullies brings both heart and laughter to my Tuesday nights. I feel so connected to the duo already, making it impossible to say goodbye after just one short season. — Mike Vulpo

[Related: 'About a Boy's' Minnie Driver and David Walton Interview Each Other... and It's Adorable]

"Trophy Wife" (ABC)

The most delightful new comedy of the season is ABC's "Trophy Wife," and it's criminally underrated. The blended family is truly modern, the kids are awesomely hilarious while still being realistic, and the cast is too good to pass up. There are so many reasons to watch, love, and save this show, and if you don't heed our good advice, there's no growing back. (Don't hold that horrible pun against it. That's just an excuse to share this GIF… my bad.) — Maggie Furlong

 [Related: 22 Reasons to Watch, Love, and Save ABC's 'Trophy Wife']

"Hart of Dixie" (The CW)

With my TV schedule filled to the brim with murderers, vampires, and dark, dark anti-heroes, my weekly trip to Bluebell, Alabama always feels like a vacation. My psyche needs (yes, needs!) vitamin "Dixie," rich in bright colors, Southern charm, and undeniable Rachel Bilson adorability. In fact, I'm pretty sure after a long week of work, Dr. Zoe Hart herself would prescribe a shot of that CW sunshine. As the third season winds down, it looks like the series is setting us up for the good doc to make a final choice on her love triangle — George or Wade, how to choose?! — but I'm begging the network to please not make any hasty decisions… lest they want to face the wrath of Lemon Breeland. — Breanne L. Heldman

"Parenthood" (NBC)

First of all, "Parenthood" boasts the best cast on television — Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Mae Whitman, Monica Potter, Craig T. Nelson, and on and on. We'd watch them do pretty much anything. But we don't have to watch them read the phone book; instead, they act out some of the most compelling, emotional, heart-rending, funny writing on television. "Parenthood" has become well-known for bringing on the tears (and seriously, watch with some tissues at hand). But you won't just cry while watching; you'll laugh and smile, too, because it's a finely-nuanced family drama that has something for everyone. The Bravermans feel like our extended, somewhat dysfunctional, but always loving relatives. We couldn't do without them. — Kelly Woo