If you’re anything like me, you’re going to have a good deal less TV to watch next season, as a veritable bloodbath of canceled shows, along with a handful of shows you’re giving up forever — no, really this time! — and a few interesting prospects dashed against the rocks. Here’s a rundown on some of the TV upfronts’ winners and losers.
“Supergirl” (CBS): Strangely, “Supergirl” getting canceled may well have saved it, as the show has rebounded to the CW, where it will be in the same stable as its sibling shows, “Arrow,” “Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” As everyone’s pointed out, not having to pay a license fee (the CW is part-owned by DC Comics owner Warner Bros.) and lower Canadian production costs will drive the show’s exorbitant price tag down. All told, this one was a victory for the show’s fans. On a related note, “Legends of Tomorrow” was also renewed, even though it is terrible, and I intend to keep watching, because I am weak.
“Agent Carter” (ABC): It wasn’t perfect, but I swear, there was no other show that had me smiling so much every episode as this one. Its cancellation is just heartbreaking. That said, there is a Change.org petition to bring the show to Netflix, where it would be in the same hands as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones.” Agent Peggy Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, retweeted the petition, so she’s obviously a little interested, even though she’s moved on to the ABC drama, “Conviction.” What the heck, her “Agent Carter” co-star, James D’Arcy, managed to juggle that show with “Broadchurch,” and that worked out fine. Also related: ABC didn’t pick up the new series, “Marvel’s Most Wanted,” which is leading to a sudden absence of Adrianne Palicki on our TV screens. Hopefully, we’ll see her return to the renewed “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“The Muppets” (ABC): This one just makes me sad. The show wasn’t perfect, but it was a lot better than people gave it credit for, and it deserved another chance.
“Castle” (ABC): There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when fans learned that Stana Katic was being cut from the show. Really, without the relationship between her Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion’s Richard Castle, there was no show, so ABC wisely decided to put it out of its misery. Not so wise? That terrible series finale. Wow. Way to trample on the memory of a once good show!
“Sleepy Hollow” (Fox): Much like “Castle,” this show has written out its female lead, Nicole Beharie’s Abbie Mills, and has had a rate of rapidly disintegrating quality unmatched since “Heroes.” But unlike “Castle,” it was renewed, as Fox hasn’t noticed just how much the show’s fans have turned against it. We’ll be leaving this one behind, along with ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” which has likewise become incomprehensibly bad.
Other shows that met the axe included “Nashville,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Rush Hour,” “Telenovela,” “House of Lies” and “Togetherness,” among others. Some ended naturally, some endings were travesties, and some were just plain mercy killings. And there aren’t a lot of exciting new shows popping up to take their place. One upcoming show that looked interesting, “Drew,” CBS’ reboot of Nancy Drew, was cut because executives thought it was “too female,” which actually makes it even better that “Supergirl” got away from that place.
One of the few bright spots — and I honestly didn’t think this would be the case — seems to be the DC Comics’ inspired sit-com, “Powerless,” coming to NBC. The show centers on “a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes.” Promising to use a lot of C-list comic book characters, it really wasn’t grabbing my attention, until the cast was announced: Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk. Tudyk, among other credits, was one of the stars of the cult classic TV show “Firefly” — a show that’s legendary for getting canceled before its time, and then becoming ridiculously popular afterward. Likewise, Pudi was one of the stars of “Community,” the sit-com that managed five seasons dangling by a thread on network TV, and then another season streaming on Yahoo. With two cult favorite actors in the cast, this one looks promising, and thus, is probably doomed.
Of course, there’s also one other thing coming this autumn: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” remake, featuring “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox as Frank N. Furter.
Although I’m long on record as being opposed to remaking “Rocky,” I fully admit I’ll be watching it on Halloween. Hopefully, with a goodly amount of bourbon. But while I like Cox on “OitNB” and disturbingly handsome Riff-Raff Reeve Carney on “Penny Dreadful,” it’s hard to really see this one working as more than a confection. Judging from the trailer, though, aside from some liberties with the costumes, this looks more like a shot-for-shot remake of the original. Even the characters’ dialogue has the exact same phrasing. It’s kind of eerie. Still, I’ll be there for it, if only out of schadenfreude. Besides … it looks like my TV schedule will be pretty clear.
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