TV Nerd News #10
Welcome to another (albeit late) edition of iGR‘s TV Nerd News! Sorry about the lateness of the article but I’ve been dealing with a computer/monitor problem for awhile that pops up randomly so needless to say, it was a bit hard to write. Anyways, this week features a heap (like a buttocks-load!) of renewals and The CW‘s first new series order. On top of that, I’ve got some bad news for Futurama fans…
4/22 – FUTURAMA canceled; internet nearly explodes again
- Comedy Central ended the hopes and dreams of many nerds on Monday when they canceled the previously canceled-but-brought back Futurama. Unfortunately Futurama ended up being an example of why you shouldn’t bring some shows back because the episodes on Comedy Central were slightly above average at its very best. While it’s becoming in vogue to bring shows back from the dead these days, I wonder if this failure might cause networks and companies like Netflix to hesitate a bit more now.
4/22 – You’ve created a hit (sorta) show for us! You’re fired. REVENGE creator out
- I admit that I’ve seen a lot of Revenge (through most of Season 2) but this story would’ve caught my eye anyways since I think it’s been well established how annoyed I get with these types of stories. I mean, I haven’t even seen 99% of The Walking Dead but I was pretty mad when they changed showrunners again. Supposedly Mike Kelley, creator of Revenge, was seeking shorter seasons from ABC, reducing the amount of episodes from 22 to 13 (like on cable) but ABC wouldn’t budge, leading to added stress for Kelley who decided not to renew his contract to remain on the show. Now, I get that ABC is out to make as much money as possible on the product but I have a hard time when that comes at the expense of creative vision. If the creator of the show (the author of the story, basically) thinks that it would work best that way, why ignore that? Especially when this is an ample opportunity to differentiate yourself from the other broadcast networks. I just think that networks should legitimately look at adapting to a model similar to cables, where a couple of different shows share the same timeslot at different times of the year. As great as the summer season is, cable shows still rake in a lot of ratings because people will still watch TV and if networks to adapt a model that allows them to created scripted content all year, they may be able to dig themselves out of the hole they’ve dug themselves into.
4/25 – Guillermo del Toro’s foray into TV, THE STRAIN, finds its lead
- Corey Stoll (House of Cards) has been cast as the lead in the new FX series from Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy franchise) and Carlton Cuse (Lost), based on the novel trilogy written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan (The Town). Yes, it’s another vampire show but this one is a bit different as it focuses on a viral outbreak that resembles an ancient form of vampirism. Stoll was easily the breakout star of House of Cards so it’s nice to see him get such a high profile gig, especially one that has such promise with a name like del Toro.
4/25 – Prepare for a lot of Ghostface on TV; SCREAM pilot ordered
- I’m not really sure how a Scream TV series would work without drawing comparisons to Fox‘s terrible The Following. I think it’s pretty clear MTV is trying to recreate the success they’ve had with Teen Wolf but I’m not so sure Scream is it. I could be wrong but I won’t be holding my breath.
4/26 – A million and one renewals and one show ordered to series; NBC, CBS & The CW busy
- First up is NBC who renewed five of their shows on Friday: Chicago Fire, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood and Revolution. On top of that, each have been renewed for full, 22-episode seasons! It’s nice to see Parenthood renewed because that’s one of the better dramas on TV (that said, I’m a bit behind) and has been on the bubble the past couple of years. Remember when Law & Order: SVU was going to be gone soon? Guess nobody cares. Grimm has probably been NBC’s most consistent show (quality + ratings) so it’s renewal isn’t that surprising. Chicago Fire and Revolution are the only Freshman series to get renewed by the network, with the former even getting a spinoff. No word on their comedies but we’ll hear more when the Annual Upfront Presentation rolls out on May 13.
- Next we have The CW which renewed Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast. Both were a bit on the bubble so it’s a bit surprising to hear of their renewals before Upfronts but they fit The CW’s target demo so it makes sense. In less surprising news, they’ve ordered The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals, to series. Last Thursday’s episode acted as the pilot for the spinoff and it did well enough that the network was comfortable with ordering it to series ASAP. We’ll hear about the rest of their lineup for next season during Upfronts.
- Lastly we have CBS renewing veteran sitcom Two and a Half Men for an 11th season. While it’d be nice if it weren’t true, unfortunately CBS is pretty much married with Chuck Lorre (what with already having 3 shows on the air with another one on the way) so the renewal isn’t that surprising. What is surprising, though, is that the “half” of the show’s title, Angus T. Jones will only recur next season. You may recall that earlier in the year, Jones was very critical of the content on the show and it kind of blew up. And thus concludes the first (and last) time I’ve written that much about Two and a Half Men.