Chuck Battles Lie To Me as the 'Renew Our Show!' Tournament Quarterfinals Begin!

It’s not easy being on the bubble. Just ask fans of NBC’s Chuck and Fox’s Lie to Me, which are still awaiting word on whether or not they’ll be part of their respective networks’ 2011-2012 lineups. One thing that’s not in doubt, though, is that one of these at-risk gladiators is going to advance to the semifinals of TVLine.com’s first annual “Renew Our Show!” Bracket Tournament. But it’s up to you to decide who’ll survive this ferocious quarterfinal matchup.

For those of you who didn’t jump in during Round One, “Renew Our Show!” brought together 16 existing on-the-bubble series in a single-elimination tournament. Chuck decimated Human Target in the first round, while Lie to Me scored a comfy win over No Ordinary Family to advance to the final eight.

Choose Your Favorite! V Faces Off the Map in the ‘Renew Our Show’ Bracket Tourney!

Every weekday at 1 p.m. ET for the next week, you’ll be able to vote in polls to help narrow down the “Renew Our Show!” field — until there’s only one champ standing. Click here to see the entire bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). And if you’re losing sleep about the status of anything currently on your DVR “series-recording” lineup, don’t miss our regularly updated Renewal Scorecard feature.

But before that happens, you’ve got to decide between NBC’s zippy spy thriller and Fox’s complex crime procedural. Polls will be open for 48 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.

Fringe Vs. Outsourced: Only One Can Survive in the ‘Renew Our Show’ Tourney

Oh! And to get alerted to all future “Renew Our Show” showdowns, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV. Now what are you waiting for? Get voting!

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334 Comments
  1. katie says:

    CHUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Bethany says:

    Tough choice. I love Lie to Me a lot and would LOVE to see another season, for so many reasons! But… Chuck holds my heart! I just can’t let it go.

  3. john says:

    Lie to Me!!!!!!

    • keri says:

      I love “Lie to Me. Why is it that all the good shows get cancelled and we are left with dumb ass shows like the Jersey Shore. That show has nothing to it, the kids are punks looking for their 15 mins. Why don’t the networks wake up. No wonder alot of people get Show Time, HBO and etc. Bring back LTM

    • elysa says:

      Lie to Me, all the way :) I can (and will) watch it over and over <3 Such a beautiful show <3

    • NO says:

      lie to me is good!

  4. Shelby says:

    Chuck!

  5. michelle says:

    CHUCK, no contest!!!

  6. Sonja says:

    Lie To Me!!!!

  7. Stefi says:

    Chuck is better. Chuck is the best. Chuck ftw!

  8. Salicia says:

    Lie to me, easy!

  9. Mary says:

    I love Chuck soo much but Lie to Me is the best show on television

  10. Paulina says:

    Lie to me!

  11. Stephanie says:

    LIE TO ME ALL THE WAY!!

  12. Breck says:

    The final has to be Chuck vs. Fringe with a 50% to 50% tie of votes so both shows win

  13. Kiki says:

    CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK ALL THE WAY.

  14. Janah says:

    Like Chuck too, but LIE TO ME is the best!

  15. Ryan says:

    I can’t do it! I just CAN’T Michael! I love both of these shows! Chuck has run longer, but I don’t want it to end on a cliffhanger. Lie to Me has places to go but it’s not a ‘what happens next’ sort of thing.

    I can’t put my stamp on either. I love them equal but different.

    • amtechfox says:

      I’m the same, I love Chuck but I’m not sure how much longer it can go. Lie To Me is excellent, it’s been broken up in mid stream 2 times. If they could do a third full length season I know it’ll pick up more viewers.

      This vote is unfair!!!! haha

  16. leta says:

    Lie To Me … hands down

  17. Polly says:

    Chuck should have ended with season 3. this fourth sucked almost in its entirety. So, long live Cal Lightman :D

  18. Brandon J says:

    CHUCK!!!! CHUCK!!! CHUCK!!!

  19. Sheldon says:

    CHUCK! CHUCK! CHUCK! CHUCK!

  20. MoxieSue says:

    Chuck me!

  21. Sbbo says:

    Lie to Me, Tim Roth. Do I need to say more ? Seriously ? No.

  22. Anne says:

    Lie to Me!
    I’ve seen Chuck a few times and I wasn’t impressed
    Lie to Me is far superior in story line and character development and deserves to return.

  23. Jen says:

    CHUCK FTW !!!!!!!

  24. Lisa says:

    Chuck!!! Times one million. Love this show.

  25. Aanchal sethi says:

    Sure as hell lie to me!!!

  26. marynotpmoc says:

    LIE TO ME is definitely at the top of my MUST HAVE shows for this fall. It’s the BEST SHOW ON TV!!!

  27. alex says:

    LIE TO ME!

    It’s interesting, you actually learn, it’s entertaining and has A+ performances. It has Tim Roth, people. TIM ROTH.

    • Mikos says:

      Tim Roth is actually what’s hurting the show this last season. Cal was always a pushy, in your face kind of guy but Roth really dialed up the quirks and aggresiveness this season. There were scenes where I thought Cal’s usual head tilt was going for a 180 spin.

      • Rowan says:

        Normally, I’d say Tim Roth makes anything better, but this season they seem to have forgotten to direct him, and when left to his own devices, he took the aggressive behavior (and yes, the head-tilts) too far. I would think his character would be a little more subtle even if he is a hooligan at heart. This is what happens when Shawn Ryan is no longer running things – the actors run wild.

  28. nathkst35 says:

    Lie to me for the win!
    AWESOME SHOW AWESOME TEAM
    #savelietome

  29. Deena says:

    Oh, I love them both but since one’s winning, I’ll vote the other one. XD

  30. Stuart says:

    This *SUCKS* … Chuck is my #1 show, and Lie to Me is close behind … *BOTH* would really be the better option ….

  31. nathkst35 says:

    Lie to me, Kelli Williams and (the best Tim Roth ;) )
    need to say more? :D

  32. Kristen says:

    It’s a shame Lie To Me is against Chuck. LIE TO ME obviously for me, but it doesn’t have a shot against Chuck. *Frowns*

  33. Kai says:

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  34. Zachary says:

    CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK is The Best One!!!!

  35. Lyssa says:

    CHUCK!!!

  36. Ruth says:

    CHUCK THOUSAND TIMES!

  37. Sam says:

    CHUCK!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. jo says:

    LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME LIE TO ME ! Seriously COMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ON !

  39. luca says:

    team bartowski.

  40. Doug says:

    I watch both shows but would miss Lie To Me a lot more. Chuck is lazy and repetitive too often and is very inconsistent. Lie To Me is always interesting and has much better acting on a regular basis

  41. Brynna says:

    It’s no lie that I’m voting for CHUCK!

  42. Vanessa says:

    Lie to Me!! It’s the only good show on TV, and it’s so unique! IT NEEDS A FOURTH SEASON!!

  43. Emily says:

    I can’t speak for Lie to Me because I just don’t watch it, but I can speak for Chuck. I find it one of the few smart and funny shows on tv today, and I love the fact that although Chuck (the character) is on his way to becoming a super spy – he still retains the every man in him. The show has heart and while it has evolved – it still holds true to its original premise.

  44. Dawn says:

    I really like Lie to Me and never miss an episode, but to choose between it and Chuck, I LOVE Chuck! So, Chuck it is!

  45. W0NK042 says:

    Wow. That would of been a tough one last season, but, I have to say: Save Lie to Me.

    – Chuck: is still fun (just), but the storyline has lost what it once had & I just don’t find myself wanting to watch any more.

    – Lie to Me: However is still GREAT in both fun & storyline. Strong characters, the will they-won’t-they of certain members & the what the hell will Lightman do/say (that’s completely) nuts next.

    so yes, I have to say; Save Lie to Me (Please)

  46. Jala says:

    Lie to me! Hands down. I LOVE this show!

  47. Jenn says:

    It occurs to me with the pictures side by side that they look like they could be father and son.

  48. W0NK042 says:

    Err, it wouldn’t be. They’re completely different types/genre of show.

  49. Todd says:

    While I voted for Lie To Me, I expect it to be Chuck vs Fringe in the final match.

  50. LP says:

    Chuck was a really fun show, but I’m sorry to say it’s past it’s prime. It feels like the original premise has really been creatively stretched, and it should have had a great wrap-up season instead of trying to eke out another one.

    (Chuck fans should check out “Bryce Larson” on White Collar if they haven’t already! It’s a little more sophisticated, but as fun as the best S1/S2 stuff in it’s own way.)

    Lie to Me is a totally different kind of show, but it’s also a little different from anything else on. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good and deserves a chance to get even better.

    • fmhvfv says:

      I really like White Collar too, but Lie To Me is a “cranky old white guy yells at everyone” show, just like House used to be.

      But I digress, CHUCK! CHUCK!! CHUCK!!!

      • SpyTV says:

        I have to go with Chuck as well, Lie to me is just too procedural for my taste. I like White collar a lot. It has a great cast, and I started watching it because of Matt Boemer. However, while there is an overall story arc to White Collar, that arc is pretty weak compared to Chuck (and Chuck is much funnier!)

      • Keri says:

        You have no idea what you are saying. An old white guy yelling at people. What kind of dumb COMMENT is that? IT IS LIE TO ME ALL THE WAY. LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME! LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME!LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME, LIE TO ME!

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