How to get a fourth season

It's the season where US TV executives are cancelling shows. Leaving many show runners very anxious. The same fate could have also befallen the show 'How I Met Your Mother', if it were not for the brilliant whiz of signing Britney Spears for a guest appearance.

Her turn as ditzy receptionist Abby in the show pulled in almost an extra 3m viewers and has possibly won the show a fourth season.

Her appearance came at the height of all of her media related troubles, but still 'How I Met My Mother' was only averaging 7.8m an episode, which are not great numbers.

When Britney made her appearance on the CBS show it attracted 10.6m, giving the show its highest ratings this season.

Britney can save you and possibly herself as well, as her funny performance was praised by critics with the New York Daily News saying that "Spears proved she can act every bit as well as she can sing" and the New York Post adding that "Brit looked slim, trim and gorgeous".

It now looks like CBS could give the show a fourth season. It's not the only one to hear some good news this week. Fox has stuck with twisty turny prison drama 'Prison Break'.

I liked this show and have watched large parts on DVD, but even as the actors strike cut the third season short at 13 episodes it seemed unlikely it would get a fourth after audiences of only around 8m.

But Fox has ordered a full run of 22 episodes, which is good news for Sky One, where the show is one of its better performers as is Fox-renewed crime drama 'Bones'. I just hope having broken out of prison in Chicago and in Panama they don't go for a triple. Although mighty fine cliff hanger.

Fox wasted no time in dumping comedy 'The Return of Jezebel James', which aired only two episodes.

For Virgin 1 the news is good on the Terminator front. Fox is almost certain to bring back 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' after the finale's performance last week did well and with more Terminator movies on the way (starring Christian Bale) the future is looking bright… you know, killer computer networks aside.

Looks like Michelle Ryan's really pretty good 'Bionic Woman' won't be back, which appears a shame. It did will on ITV2 and Ryan is comes over like a cool brunette able to do a more than passable American accent. It also helps that bad bionic girl, Katee Sackhoff of 'Battlestar Galactica' Starbuck fame, is also very good.

Talking of the WBS (World's Best Show) 'Battlestar Galactica' returns in the US and Sky One on April 8. Sadly that is the fourth and final season although reports last week said that it might get its own spin-off with the Sci-Fi Channel has green lighted a pre-quel show called 'Caprica' and from what one of Battlestar's creators, David Eick has to say it sounds pretty cool (to the geek that is me, anyway).

"'Caprica' is a story that Ron Moore and I concocted with [co-executive producer] Remi Aubuchon, and we're casting as we speak," Eick said. "I'm very excited about that. If 'Battlestar Galactica' is 'Black Hawk Down,' I would say that 'Caprica' is 'American Beauty.'

"'Caprica' is all about the inner lives of the people on a planet and how their personal relationships as well as their professional relationships inform what will become the creation of the Cylons," he said.

Looks like 'Sex and the City' author Candace Bushnell's stab at her own show has failed, with ABC's deciding not to bring back 'Cashmere Mafia': Also cancelled is 'Jericho', with shows such as 'Moonlight', the 'Angel'-alike vampire detective show airing on Virgin TV's Living, and 'Reaper' on the cusp.

  • Sean Murricane

    The real suprise hit has to be Pushing Daisies, which caught everyone unawares to make it really big, and grab itself a second season very early on!

  • Gordon Macmillan

    I missed that I’m quite looking forward to see that when it airs on ITV1 – shocker in itself ITV1 in decent US drama shock.

  • Sean Murricane

    I think you’ll like it… ITV have reverted quickly to form by putting it on at a really weird time – 9pm on a Saturday…

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