It’s that time of year again!
It’s the time of year when we will all find out if the new shows we’ve grown attached to will live to see another season, or if they will be killed off prematurely. Over the coming weeks, I will be running through the lists of canceled, renewed, and new shows to offer you an opportunity to get excited about or dread what is ahead. I pay way too much attention to these lists every year, and I’m not sure why. Why do I like to be hurt?
As with every year, a lot of reality TV and competition shows are being renewed. This is no surprise. Reality TV is cheap to make and (for some reason) wildly popular (still).
But the Plotaholics are not incredibly interested in competition shows, so we will breeze past those. We are much more interested in those shows that give us a bit more narrative.
So! Without further dilly-dallying, here are the shows that are being CANCELED or ending.
- A.P. Bio
- I Feel Bad
- Midnight, Texas
- Trial & Error
Look, my belief in A.P. Bio has been well-documented in other places, so I won’t get on too much of a rant here. I just can’t believe there isn’t a network of streaming service willing to kick the tires on this thing.
Otherwise, there are no surprises for me from the peacock. I haven’t even heard of any of these shows other than Marlon, and I am about 60% sure that Marlon Wayans is the least funny of the many Wayans that have been produced by the Wayans factory. Damon Wayons, Jr. is the funniest–don’t @ me!
I Feel Bad is about a mom/ wife who isn’t perfect. It was executive produced by Amy Poehler, but Poehler’s name wasn’t enough to draw people to this show and it’s incredibly basic premise.
Midnight, Texas was a new vampire/ werewolf angsty teenager drama in the vein of True Blood (based on another set of books from the same author). Unfortunately, Midnight, Texas was on a network and not on Showtime. Surely the absence of nudity and F-bombs did this one in.
Have you heard of any of those other titles? Damn, NBC! You bad at promotion!
- The Big Bang Theory
- Happy Together
- Life in Pieces
- Murphy Brown
The Big Bang Theory is finally gone, having both been big and creating a bang in the ratings (for some reason). The show runners were ready to keep going, but Jim Parsons was over playing Sheldon and turned down a pay raise. Now, Parsons will probably be relegated to doing voice work–animated features and narrating that Big Bang Theory tumor on CBS’s brain, Young Sheldon.
Elsewhere, we see that nostalgia alone wasn’t enough to bring Murphy Brown back from the dead, and Elementary finally ran out of steam.
I want to talk about Happy Together. First, in case you haven’t heard of it (which, let’s be honest, you haven’t), let’s look at a TV spot for the show that probably played while you were getting a beer from the kitchen during football.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: But Shane! Didn’t you JUST say that Damon Wayons, Jr. is the funniest of all of the Wayons?!? Yes. Yes I did just say that. And I stand by it. I think both of these performers (Wayons, Jr. and Amber Stevens West) are completely capable. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them in other things. But this? A happy couple is forced to live with a pop star because paparazzi? Stupid. Robin Williams and Meryl Streep would lay an egg with that premise.
So long, Happy Together.
- For the People
- The Fix
- The Kids Are Alright
- Splitting Up Together
- Take Two
- Whiskey Cavalier
The biggest story here might be that Shonda Rhimes (of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder fame) finally laid an egg in For the People. Here is the premise of For the People:
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York — also known as the Mother Court — is the oldest district court in the nation, and the setting for the newest drama from the minds of Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
That’s some wordy shit, Shonda.
Elsewhere in the ABC cancellation list is the Ellen DeGeneres-produced Splitting Up Together, which I really meant to watch. I suppose people just couldn’t get past Pam Beasley having love interests other than Jim Halpert.
- The Cool Kids
- The Gifted
- Lethal Weapon
- The Passage
- Proven Innocent
I don’t have much to say about this list, honestly. I think Gotham survived longer than I thought it would when it launched, and I think Lethal Weapon survived longer than it should have.
I never heard of Rel, so I looked it up. Here is the premise, according to Wikipedia:
The series centers on Rel, a nurse living on the West Side of Chicago, whose life is soon disrupted when his wife is having an affair with his own barber and divorces him.
I…I just don’t care, man. I don’t know what to tell you. I’m sorry your chick stepped out with the barber, but I don’t think I want to watch your sad ass try to be funny about it. This show stars someone called “Jessica ‘Jess Hilarious’ Moore.” If you have to give yourself a name, and you CHOOSE “Jess Hilarious,” I’m not sure I can believe that you are very funny. Additionally, if you Google “Jess Hilarious,” the first results after her name are news articles about her being (allegedly) racist.
Here is an article about her allegedly getting passengers kicked off of a flight who were wearing turbans. The headline is “INSTAGRAM COMEDIAN JESS HILARIOUS SAYS SHE’S ‘NOT RACIST’ AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF GETTING PASSENGERS WITH TURBANS KICKED OFF HER FLIGHT.” Again, if you have to say it, it may not be true.
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- Jane the Virgin
Honest-to-god, some of the best storytelling on television might be happening at The CW. This network is steadily embarking on ambitious projects, and they tend to greenlight more risky series than the other networks. I have the most experience here with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and dammit if that show isn’t spectacularly weird and interesting. It’s a musical, and it’s funny, and it has a solid track record with its depictions of mental health.
Here is one excellent song:
Seriously, you should give it a shot in the Streamisphere.
And that does it for today! Pour one out for all of these shows (or don’t, whatever). Next time, let’s discuss the shows that have been renewed!