Here Today, Gone For Good?

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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.
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Signing Off

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“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

Pilot: “Mary Kills People”

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The medical drama is nothing new to TV, which could be good or bad depending on the overall series. The ones that stand out somehow manage to do something truly different and refreshing enough, while maintaining an overall compelling narrative that keeps you coming back for more. The ones that have a specific theme at its core seem to be even rarer, and so it’s pretty much up in the air on whether or not it’ll be worth watching. Continue reading

Pilot: “Great News”

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The end of the current television season means the start of random shows you’ve never heard of popping up. Why exactly? Because networks are so jam packed with shows, they can’t find any other time or way to schedule new programming, or at the least, realize that maybe less really is more. Perhaps if they focused on the plethora of shows already seeking a time slot, then they’d see better ratings and wouldn’t feel the need too constantly fill every hour with programming nobody’s going to even pretend to be interested in watching in the first place. Until that time, well, here we are again. Another new show. Continue reading

Series End: “Bates Motel”

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The way one responds to the end of a series is never predictable. It could be the best experience ever, even when really emotional. Or, it could just be okay and achieve enough of what you hope for. Sometimes though, a series finale hits all the right notes, that you not only know it was a good way to end, but that the series itself maintained what made it worth watching in the first place, and that it was worth every minute of invested time. Continue reading

At First Glance: “The Mist (2017)”

If at first you don’t succeed with a highly successful film adaptation, wait a short amount of time and try again with an unnecessary TV series. That seems to be the motivation behind this new iteration of a fascinating novella that’s almost 40 years old. With a lot of luck, this series could very well prove to be worth it, but that’s more wishful thinking than I’m prepared to have for this unoriginal original series. Continue reading