Well the television landscape has finally shifted and resumed it’s normal course with the announcement of the new, renewed and cancelled shows with the 2014 TV Upfronts.
This past year we saw some good television shows appear and some disappear. I mentioned a few weeks ago about the sad departure of the Almost Human series. Sure, the show had potential to tell great stories but the FOX network didn’t see it that way and renewed The Following and Sleepy Hollow over Almost Human. The logic is lost on me how they make these determinations as the numbers showed that there really wasn’t much difference for these series’ audience.
Here’s the list of genre shows that were cancelled this year.
|Once Upon A Time in Wonderland||ABC||Canceled|
|The Tomorrow People||CW||Canceled|
For those who loved these shows, the list is very heartbreaking, especially for those like me who enjoed Almost Human and Community. Community is another show that I will never understand the brain trust at NBC’s decision to cancel it, mostly based on the fact they have very little in the way of quality programming and it’s now slim pickings on the once dominant Thursday Night Comedy block.
However, as part of their upfront, NBC did announce a full season order of the popular Vertigo title Hellblazer, now called Constantine in DC’s New 52 universe of comics. From the look of the trailer, it seems reasonably close in tone but this is network TV which looks to have the boys and gals at standards & practices very busy on this one. If not, I don’t know if it will be worth it in the end.
DC wasn’t finished there, oh no. They have other properties on the new season docket such as Gotham over at FOX. Yes that FOX. The one that cancelled Almost Human. When they premiered the new season of 24, they snuck in the trailer for Gotham. Just prior to the airing it was announced that the series had been picked up but before 24’s first hour ended, FOX announced they were going to order the full season. And they say the internet doesn’t matter. Twitter and Facebook blew up after it aired and the studio took note.
Over at the CW owned by Warner Bros., which in turn owns DC Comics and is home of mega hit Arrow, it was announced they were going to series on two other DC properties. The first being The Flash which sprung from the second season appearance of Barry Allen on Arrow.
iZombie is another comic series that took place outside of the DC universe proper about a girl who becomes a zombie and must deal with it. Rob Thomas of Veronica Mars fame is the show runner and while that makes me happy, they have already started messing with the concept. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into another Tru Calling as it appears to be so far. I was a huge fan of the comic and feel confident that they are not going to deal with most of the storylines from the Chris Roberson written series.
While Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD was picked up for second season, it was most likely based on it’s super strong back half after the fallout from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier film. The series had a pretty weak opening half of the season but came on strong when it returned after the Christmas break. Culminating in the post Cap film world of a destroyed SHIELD really improved the overall feel and importance of the show itself. Also, after the finale the Coulson promotion and later reveal were certainly fun and excellent storytelling respectively. This pickup, along with the announcement of the series pickup of Marvel’s Agent Carter, is ABC letting the world know that the Marvel universe is going nowhere . This bodes well for those fans looking for a stronger female storyline coming to the small screen.
Even with all this optimism for some interesting new genre shows, based on the numbers from this season for series renewals and cancellations, other than The Flash and Agent Carter there are no sure bets here. Gotham is the next most likely to succeed due to it’s ties to the Batman universe but it is on FOX, the network where new shows die. However, NBC had the worst cancellation percentage of any of the major networks with a 52.63% rating for this past season. ABC surprisingly was second and FOX was third.
The following chart shows cancellations and renewals for the networks based on total average viewers this past season.
What I found interesting about this is the middle 3 networks who are the ones that tinker the most with renewals and cancellations. Where first and last are actually tied for renewal and cancellation percentages. Really in both cases it isn’t too surprising since CBS continues to hold strong on the overall viewers lead and the CW has had a better record for shepherding new series past the first season.
Regardless, the new fall season this coming year looks to be strong with some quality genre shows for us fans to watch. Let’s hope that all the shows we like make it past next years’ chopping block. That might not be the case for everything on TV.
While FOX may have potentially hit a home run with Gotham, they also threw out a curve ball in Hieroglyph. Take a look and decide for yourself… my pick to join Almost Human on the scrap heap pretty quick.
Good luck with that.
The Complete Cancellation List:
Back In The Game, Betrayal, Killer Women, Lucky 7, Mind Games, Mixology, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, Suburgatory, Super Fun Night, The Neighbors, Trophy Wife, Bad Teacher, Friends with Better Lives, Hostages, Intelligence, The Crazy Ones, We Are Men, Star-Crossed, The Carrie Diaries, The Tomorrow People, Almost Human, Dads, Enlisted, Raising Hope, Rake, Surviving Jack, Believe, Community, Crisis, Dracula, Growing Up Fisher, Ironside, Revolution, Sean Saves The World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Welcome To The Family
The Complete Renewal List:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Man Standing, Modern Family, Nashville, Once Upon A Time, Resurrection, Revenge, Scandal, The Goldbergs, The Middle, 2 Broke Girls, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Mike & Molly, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person Of Interest, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, The Millers, Two and a Half Men, Arrow, Beauty & The Beast, Hart Of Dixie, Reign, Supernatural, The 100, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Glee, New Girl, Sleepy Hollow, The Following, The Mindy Project, The Simpsons, About a Boy, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Grimm, Hannibal, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, The Blacklist
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