Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.Co
The joyous television event known as Upfronts is right around the corner! How does one know this? Because of this little thing called a cancellation spree. Typically this event precedes what is known as Upfronts week, which I’ll define in a few days time. But I will tell you about this cancellation spree, which may just be what I like to call it. It’s the time in May when broadcast networks take the ax to underperforming shows, no matter how well they may have been fairing with critics or how many awards they were winning or had been nominated for in the past. It’s why the above photo collage is overflowing. It’s a yearly ritual, but it tends to hurt on some level for those who have invested countless hours. Hopefully you didn’t watch too many of the now cancelled shows.
20th Century Fox
What? Mediocre villains in bad films can’t be fun?
It was either that or go with some quote and I didn’t think that was as much fun. So, instead, obviously, you get this. I’m sure we can all live with this decision of mine.
Now, follow me inside for I have much to share!
“The time has come”, the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: of shoes–and ships–
and sealing-wax–of cabbages–and kings–and why the sea is boiling hot–and whether pigs have wings.”
-Lewis Carroll, “The Walrus and The Carpenter” from “Through the Looking-Glass”
I may not talk of cabbages and kings or why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings, but I most definitely have some things to say. The time has most definitely come. This is the final post. Continue reading
So many actors, musicians, directors, writers, etc. are taken from us each and every year. Some too soon and others after living long and productive lives, even if they retire well before they pass. Some hit us harder than others, and because of that alone, it’s never predictable how one will respond. The sadness may register, but after a few moments, you may find that you are able to move on with your day. Or, you could very well respond as if it were an immediate family member or close friend who had died. That does happen, even if it seems strange. But that act alone speaks to how much of an impact that person’s life had on you, and how you’ll always remember them for what they gave to you and so many others during their lifetime. Continue reading
Upfronts Week may have officially ended, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things to talk about. The broadcast networks may be the main focus, but they aren’t the only networks with content to showcase. Cable networks, the few that do debut new shows during this time, are constantly trying to get ahead of broadcast, and every now and then they make it worth it. Continue reading
Coming in last, as always, is the fifth and youngest broadcast network, The CW. This network is taking a mildly unusual approach and only debuting two shows in the Fall, which isn’t surprising as they only have a few hours of primetime programming and not many slots for new shows. However, as comes with all changes, other shows have to sit out until later. It’s a shame as one of the networks better shows doesn’t deserve that treatment. Continue reading
Half way through this crazy and exciting week, and it looks like there are some bumps in this road. With so many new shows being introduced, and many looking promising, it was only a matter of time until one of the networks offered up something less than exciting. In this case, most don’t even come close to crossing the level of good needed to keep a show on the air. What will this network do? Oh, right, order another spin-off series. Continue reading