TV Networks gear up for the fall television series: what shows made the cut?
It’s that time of the year: the time when television series writers wait with baited breath to find out if they still have jobs and if their shows go forward for another season or get axed without further ado. It’s also the time of the year when pilots get selected (or not) and stars or either made or not made. And this week has been a flurry of activity. I’ve gone through all the genre shows that have either made it or got cut, along with new pilots for each network in order to make sense of it all for you.
Shall we begin?
Renewed: Supernatural (seriously, this show is like beating a dead horse… make it stop already!), Reign (yay – this one is my guilty pleasure), Beauty and the Beast (really?), The 100 (definitely a good thing) and Hart of Dixie (this is still on?). These shows join previously renewed series Arrow, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
Canceled: Star-Crossed, The Carrie Diaries (I’ll admit that I’m kind of sad about this one), and The Tomorrow People.
Pick-ups: Flash (no surprise there), iZombie, The Messengers and Jane, The Zombie. Considering the fan outrage at Supernatural: Bloodlines, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it didn’t get picked up.
ABC renewed a lot of its regular programming, but I’m only going to point out the genre stuff. I could give a rat’s arse about Dancing With The Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos (which I’m surprised is still on TV).
Renewed: Once Upon A Time (this makes me happy, although I’ve been ambivalent about the latest Wicked Witch story), Castle (only mentioning this because Nathan Fillion stars in it), Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (this series has finally picked up, just like I knew it would) and Resurrection (I still haven’t watched it because I’m so into Les Revenants, the similar French series).
Canceled: ABC didn’t cancel any fantasy or science fiction shows. GO ABC!
Pick-ups: Agent Carter (something to seriously get excited about because we’ll see the the early workings of SHIELD, pre-Hydra).
Renewals: Hannibal (I tried to watch this, but unfortunately, it didn’t do anything for me, but I applaud the network for putting something so grotesque and ballsy on network TV). Btw, NBC is really behind on genre TV right now, but it seems they’re catching on.
Canceled: Community (This was heartbreaking and broke a promise that we would get a sixth season plus a movie – boo, NBC, boo), Revolution (I saw this coming, and am actually surprised it got a second season), Dracula (are you really surprised?) and Believe.
Pick-ups: Constantine (something to get excited about).
I’m going to have to go out on a limb here and say that I don’t really watch CBS, because I don’t have cable TV or satellite and CBS doesn’t stream their shows on Hulu Plus or even put them up on Amazon. So I don’t bother. I guess if they would release something I could really get excited about, I might be interested, but whatever. Also, CBS is really behind on genre television series and seems to want to make fun of nerds, rather than embrace them as a viewing audience.
Renewals: The Big Bang Theory (I seriously hate this show. It does nothing more than try to stereotype nerds and I’m so not cool with that) and Elementary (I’m sure I’d like this if I had access to it).
Canceled: I couldn’t find any info. on canceled series.
Pick-ups: Seriously, nothing interesting. CBS has no new genre shows scheduled for next year. No wonder I don’t bother watching.
Fox is the TV network that geeks love to berate. Yes, I know you’re upset about Almost Human, but that show was mediocre at best, and PLEASE STOP COMPARING IT TO THE BRILLIANCE OF FIREFLY. Just stop it, okay?
Renewals: The only show officially renewed on Fox so far is American Idol. Who cares?
Canceled: Almost Human and a few other shows we’ve never heard of.
Pick-ups: Gotham (who isn’t excited about this one?)
Obviously, cable TV, along with Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Video on Demand will also be picking up new series, but this is what’s going on with network TV. To date, The CW is still the most sci-fi and fantasy friendly network and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.