We can make educated predictions about which new shows are destined to soar and which to sink. But to really see into the future, we asked psychics to forecast the 2001 fall season.
TV Guide: Will former Seinfield sidekick Jason Alexander make a hit out of his new show, Bob Patterson?
PsychicGirl: Lots of dark energy here: it will be so painful to watch the show will be canceled after six episodes.
Results: Bob Patterson debuted on ABC on October 2, 2001 and the final episode aired October 31, 2001. The show was cancelled after five episodes aired.
TV Guide: Will audiences develop an appetite for chef Emeril Lagasse’s new sitcom, Emeril?
PsychicGirl: This looks very flat – very predictable energy. It won’t be able to withstand what it is up against in its time slot.
Results: Lagasse briefly starred in a self-titled TV sitcom on NBC during the fall 2001 season but it was canceled after several episodes and widely panned by critics.
TV Guide: Do you see audiences coming out for Ellen DeGeneres’s new show, The Ellen Show?
PsychicGirl: This has the ability to become as big a hit as Roseanne.
Results: Evidently I was seeing a few years down the road…she’s a little bit bigger that Roseanne Barr’s talk show.
TV Guide: What looks like the breakout hit of the seasons?
PsychicGirl: The Guardian might be up for some awards.
Results: 2002; Won, ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards “Top TV Series” – Jakob Dylan, Family Television Awards “Actor” – Simon Baker,” Family Television Awards “New Series” Nominated GLAAD Media Award “Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character)” – The Men From The Boys Nominated, Golden Globe Award “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama” – Simon Baker, Young Artist Award “Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Guest Starring Young Actor” – Erik Knudsen, “Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Guest Starring Young Actor” – Jesse Plemons
TV Guide: Going out on a limb, what else do you see happening this season?
PsychicGirl: Wednesday won’t be CBS’s night.
Results: NBC Wins Wednesday