One is based on a 1989 film. The other is an update of a 1961 TV series. But both Parenthood and The Defenders are fighting for their very lives in the here and now as they attempt to shore up places on their respective networks’ 2011-2012 lineups — and as they engage in a head-to-head duel to the death as part of the first annual “Renew Our Show!” Sweet 16 Bracket Tournament.
So which one strikes your fancy? NBC’s nuanced family dramedy or CBS’ jaunty legal caper? You make the TVLine call! Oh, and for the uninitiated, “Renew Our Show!” features 16 existing series currently in on-the-bubble limbo; we left out the sure-fire pickups (like The Good Wife, Supernatural, and Bones) and those to which the Grim Reaper has already paid a visit (we’ll miss you, Medium!). Every weekday at 1 p.m. ET for the next three weeks, you’ll be able to vote in polls to help narrow down the field. Click here to see the entire bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). And if you’re worried about the status of anything currently on your DVR “series-recording” lineup, don’t miss our regularly updated Renewal Scorecard feature.
So what are you going to be chanting as you head to the battlefield: “Par-ent-HOOD!” or “De-fen-DERS!”? Polls will be open for 72 hours, so do your civic duty, then hit the comments to justify your vote, and head to Facebook and Twitter to whip your fellow fanboys and fangirls into a frenzy. And to get alerted to all future “Renew Our Show” showdowns, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV. Now ready, set, vote!