Way back at the start of the television season, I tried to predict the success factor for all the new shows as to whether or not they were likely to get renewal for a second season. Let’s see how I did…
The first group were the ones I predicted renewal for, and there were 12.
ABC: The Good Doctor – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is RENEWED
ABC: The Mayor – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is CANCELLED — after watching one EP, it was pretty clear it would be cancelled though
ABC: Marvel’s Inhumans – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is CANCELLED — although watching the EPs, that’s not too surprising
CBS: Young Sheldon – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is RENEWED
CBS: S.W.A.T. – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is RENEWED
CW: Black Lightning – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is RENEWED
OX: The Gifted – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is RENEWED
FOX: The Orville – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is RENEWED
FOX: The Resident – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is RENEWED
NBC: Champions – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is LIKELY CANCELLED
NBC: Rise – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is CANCELLED
NBC: Will and Grace – Predicted RENEWED and outcome is RENEWED.
Back in the fall, I never saw much about a series called Absentia. I saw media reports earlier that Stana Katic, fresh off of Castle, was going to be in a new show sometime, but that was about it. But I recently saw a banner blurb about the show, and I thought it was just premiering this month, with no context for what it was. I assumed it was a generic mid-season replacement.
Imagine my surprise to find out that not only is it Stana Katic’s show, but it already premiered back in September and the first ten episodes have already aired. WTF?
Okay, so I’ve watched episode one, and it is a mind mess of epic proportions. Katic plays Emily Byrne, FBI agent with a husband and child. She disappears, presumed dead at the hands of a serial killer who removes the eyelids of his victims. The killer is convicted, life eventually goes on. » Read the rest
CW loves Greg Berlanti’s shows about superheroes, so I’m not surprised that they picked up Black Lightning. In terms of the future, my early prediction was:
CW: Black Lightning – It’s all Berlanti, all the time, it would be crazy to bet against it, even without the Arrowverse tie-ins, RENEWED;
Now that I’ve seen the episode, I’m not as convinced. Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and DC Legends of Tomorrow all have a “bigger than me” feel to them, even in their first few episodes. The Green Arrow was taking down his father’s cronies; the Flash was working for the police; Supergirl was following in her cousin’s footprints; and the Legends are SAVING TIME itself. But Black Lightning is the opposite. He just wants to be a school principal, forget his old Black Lightning ways, be a good father, and get jiggy with his ex-wife.
And that only changes through the episode when he has to save his daughters. » Read the rest
Back in the fall, when I saw the upcoming shows for the 2017-18 season, I read the blurbs for “The Resident” and thought, “Umm, don’t we already have that show?”. More precisely, I thought:
FOX: The Resident – A medical show with hot actors? Yeah, they’ll try real hard to keep it, RENEWED;
Grey’s Anatomy, ER, heck even St. Elsewhere back in the day have all been hits with a similar formula. Residents, turnover, sex in patient rooms and closets, drama in and out of the hospital, oh, and let’s not forget the stakes here — we’re talking about potential DEATH. Or really bad ratings.
I can confess, right up front, I have very little interest in these shows. I watched St. Elsewhere, and I love the premises of the “disease of the week”, just as I do with Law and Order, etc. What I don’t like is the “extra” drama that feels more like soap opera scripting than nighttime drama. » Read the rest
The premise of the new series Burden of Proof , errr, of TRUTH, is one as old as time, at least in legal premises for TV and movies. In fact, in this case, it involves two tropes thrown together.
First, there is the big city lawyer who comes to the small town world, and stays. Sometimes it’s a comedy, sometimes it’s a drama, but when it is in a TV series, it generally lasts one or two seasons, and then disappears.
Second, there is the Erin Brockovich storyline. A big bad company is harming the simple local folk, and must be brought to heel, in the form of a well-intentioned and principled David against the corporate Goliath. Which is also only good for one season, and then you’re done.
So why would ABC greenlight an in-house studio show about a lawyer from the big city coming to the small town, immediately switch gears so they go from bad lawyer (not my client!) » Read the rest