It’s official. The counts are in, and looking toward this fall’s line-up the networks are being brutal. I wasn’t surprised by a few of these, like Smash and Guys with Kids, and I’ve heard rumors about most of the rest of these for a while now, but it makes it no less sad that some of these shows will not be returning for another season.
NBC is making the biggest dent in my line-up, nixing six shows I followed this year!
- Go On: somewhat of a surprise. I thought since they had given it a full season, they’d let it go another, but the finale did feel pretty final, and the story would have been a bit desperate if they came back another season. Still, I hope Matthew Perry gets another show soon. Maybe he can move to cable with Courteney Cox and get his own show….
- The New Normal: not much of a surprise. They were really getting desperate toward the middle of the season with plotlines, but they also wrapped it up nicely into a one-season story. I wasn’t really looking forward to another season–this one started off really strong and fell off a bit in the middle, and then finished somewhat lackluster.
- Guys with Kids: I’d heard rumors for a few months, and after such an erratic schedule this year, it’s not surprising that this one won’t be back. I think this one was more due to timeslot than plot. It was pretty funny at times, but it didn’t really fit with a lot of other shows on the network, so there was no good lead-in for it.
- Smash: Again, after the “kiss of death” Saturday move, not a big surprise. This one, I’m not blaming on the timeslot or the network. This was just shitty writing. Whatever the writers were trying to do with season two by adding new characters and new subplots was a major failure. Also, Katherine McPhee doesn’t belong on network drama. She should stick to singing, because her acting is one of the worst things about this show. Buying that she was a better Marilyn than Megan Hilty was a jagged pill to swallow, and it never really went down.
- Up All Night: Sad! Not surprising, but sad. Since the creator left the show last winter, and then Christina Applegate followed, I didn’t expect this one to be able to come back from that. You don’t recast Christina Applegate. And, Will Arnett’s back on Arrested Development (coming to Netflix in a few short weeks!), so I’m not too disappointed. Another season two poorly written – canceling Ava’s show and trying to switch the parenting roles between Reagan and Chris wasn’t a terrible idea, but it wasn’t well executed.
- 1600 Penn: Also sad, but also not too surprising. It was tied up with a bow at the end of the season, and it would have struggled to come up with a new plot for season two. Rebecca with a baby is about all they would have to go on.
- Happy Endings: Too bad. I really loved this show, but I hear there are a few cable networks interested in picking it up, like USA. That would be wonderful 🙂 Perfect place for it too.
- How to Live with Your Parents: This came as a bit of a surprise: I hadn’t been following the ratings, but it seemed like it was doing all right, and it had a great timeslot. Vast improvement over that stupid show The Neighbors. I have a feeling this had to do with the title: too long. Too much of a mouthful. Another failed Sarah Chalke sitcom. I think an FX comedy might be right up her alley – so if FX is looking at casting any new shows, she’s free! And, I’ll really miss seeing Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins–they were awesome on this show. I hope if there are any additional episodes, they’ll at least run them for now.
- Red Widow: I was under the impression this show was a little more popular than it was, so I was really surprised when I discovered last week’s episode was the finale! It’s a little tough to follow, I think, if you haven’t been watching it from the beginning, and that has been a show-killer for years. I think it’s stupid that something like that can doom a show, especially since you can catch up online now, but I’m not too disappointed to see this one go. It was a little slow, and there wasn’t enough good to counteract all the problems and the bad stuff going on, so it was kind of a downer.
- Golden Boy
Yes, I already gave up on these, but I thought I’d pass the information along. I thought CBS was pushing Vegas as a hit, so I was a little surprised to see it go, but after having seen it, I wasn’t that surprised. It’s hard to make a period piece work on network, especially about a period that’s not really that interesting. The show might have benefited from some more star power, but this is another one was that too slow to get into.
Same with Golden Boy – too slow. More stars probably would have made it easier to follow. But it just wasn’t shocking or compelling or interesting enough to keep me watching.
With so many shows cancelled this year, the line-ups this fall will be interesting. Lots of room for new shows and lots of room to move things around.
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