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BubbleWatch: CBS' 'Golden Boy'
SHOW: "Golden Boy" (CBS)
IN ITS FAVOR: CBS wants this format-bending cop drama to succeed. The network tried to give it an early run post-"NCIS: Los Angeles" to get a sampling and then, when it became clear "Vegas" wasn't likely to have longevity, CBS backtracked from plans to air "Golden Boy" on Fridays and kept it on Tuesdays. Those are votes of confidence that CBS has been hesitant to give midseason dramas in recent years. "Golden Boy" hasn't done terrific ratings, but it has frequently won its time period among young viewers against ABC's "Body of Proof." You can decide whether or not that seems notable.
AGAINST IT: Like "Vegas" before it (and "Unforgettable" last year), "Golden Boy" is simply squandering too much of its "NCIS: Los Angeles" lead-in. That's one of CBS' most sheltered pieces of real estate and yet the network can't find anything to go there. "Vegas," with its big stars and period flash, was supposed to be one of the year's big breakouts, but it wasn't. "Vegas" was stumbling after an initially strong start and "Golden Boy" hasn't even been doing "Vegas" numbers, while its DVR bump isn't impressive.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: CBS has no reason at all to give the benefit of the doubt to its bubble dramas. The decision to backtrack and renew "Unforgettable" last year was a little embarrassing, but "Golden Boy" and "Vegas" aren't even approaching that "Unforgettable" level. No matter how much CBS likes the "Golden Boy" cast and creative team, it would be surprising to see this one renewed.
FINAL VERDICT: Cancelled!