With the fall season gearing up and nearly in full swing, it's time to take a look at some series that really need to impress viewers and networks in order to continue bringing us the entertainment that we have come to expect from them. From the musical joys of "Glee" to the otherworldly charms of "Once Upon a Time," these shows have a great deal to live up to in the world of ratings.
"Once Upon a Time"
Although this series has really been fun to watch, it faces a number of challenges that may make it difficult to keep its staying power. After all, they can only stretch out the original storyline so long, and Regina will have to be overcome sooner or later, or else the show is going to start feeling stale. Hopefully, they will continue to bring in different mythologies and alternate universes and, if they know what they are doing, they will wrap up the current storyline and introduce some new storylines, so that they can continue to bring in the ratings.
This series might not have even aired yet, but it still has a great deal riding on it. Although post-apocalyptic stories have found lovely homes on cable networks and in the cinema, similarly ambitious series such as "Terra Nova" have not fared as well on network television. Therefore, if "Revolution" wants to both have a successful first season and get renewed for a second, it is going to have to really pull in the ratings to show the network executives that is worth the investment and carry the kinds of expectations such heavily-promoted series often carry.
Finally, we come to "Glee," which was once a ratings powerhouse but has now fallen on some hard times where ratings are concerned. It has begun to seem like what once made the series so popular -- its unbridled energy, its enthusiasm, its optimism -- have begun to feel stale and overdone. Hopefully the new crop of characters will help lead the series into a successful fourth season. Though it's rather unlikely that it will be able to regain the splendors of its previous seasons, we can hold out some hope that it will still be able to make it to a fifth season.
Clearly, there are a lot of series out there that have a lot hanging on their success in their new seasons. Whether new or returning, they all face seriously challenges and expectations, even more than some of the other series that have become more established. Hopefully, they will be able to prove themselves so that we will continue to be able to journey to the colorful and evocative worlds that they have created for us to enjoy.
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