I’m trying not to get too excited about the new Fall lineup of shows. Having been burned one too many times by Broadcast Network TV, (Hannibal, Sleepy Hollow), I’m very reluctant to step into the waters of Network Fandom. nevertheless, I cant help but feel excited hearing about some shows. I don’t know if I’ll watch those shows, but I do like the IDEA of some of them.
I outlined my problems with Broadcast TV on We Minored In Film:
(From the comments. Please check out the article on Kelly Konda’s blog. Its very informative.)
*The only show I regularly watch from the top three networks is Brk 99. Everything else is on CW, cable or streaming. CW is at least willing to try different things, show loyalty to a dedicated fan base by keeping a show until it’s natural end, or wait for a show to find an audience before canceling. It’s just come to my attention that Beauty and the Beast is still on TV. I thought it had been canceled long ago, but it has a loyal fan base who grew up with the show, so CW kept it.
Cable is also willing to aim shows squarely at women. I heard the new Nancy Drew got dumped because it skewed too female in its demographics? Wtf? It’s decisions like that that have people leaving broadcast TV, in droves, now.
I’ve been burned too many times by broadcast TV to even care anymore. I’m too wary of getting close to a show, only for it to be canceled. Hannibal had a dedicated, loyal fan base, but got canceled. I was a huge fan of that show. Had it been on cable, it would now be in its fourth season.
And cable shows are just more daring, more edgy, they’re willing to take the risk on things like The Walking Dead, and Preacher, and Penny Dreadful. Broadcast networks idea of risky is a talking dog. Or a pillow? C’mon.
Watching Network shows is like being forced to visit your grandmas house with the smell of old soup, bowl of old hard candy on the coffee table, old 80s detective shows on the TV, while sitting on plastic covered furniture. You love grandma but it’s not your preferred weekend place.
Watching Cable is like visiting you new cousin’s house, with the big screen TV, surround sound, great food, and endless beer, during the Super Bowl.
The two don’t compare.
This looks really interesting mostly because I really like Hayley Atwell. The one huge drawback for me is that I do not watch shows about lawyers. I consider shows about lawyers to be overly melodramatic , and I’m too busy rolling my eyes at the actors, to enjoy any of them.
Plus, shows about lawyers are overdone, on broadcast television. It’s boring, safe programming, that doesn’t challenge the viewer’s mental agility overmuch. Lawyer shows are like Dan Brown’s books. These shows are designed to make people look smart, when they say they watch them, without actually making them smarter.
Still Star Crossed:
I do like Shakespeare though, and this looks as interesting as Baz Luhrman’s movie version of Romeo and Juliet, with less music. It helps that it’s diverse, and not about cops or lawyers. And its from Shondaland, so I’m going to be there for this.
I wasn’t that big a fan of the original series, so I was feeling lukewarm about a remix. As soon as I saw the smug, blandly handsome face of the lead character , I just noped right the fuck out of this production. I hated him within the first 30 seconds of the trailer. I know trailers seem designed to make you hate something before it airs, but really, if I can’t get past the trailer, I’m certainly not going to watch an hour of that face.
Plus, the original had the virtue of novelty. MacGuyvering has become so much a part of the English language, there’s no more surprise to it. I can get the same thrill watching a DIY show.
I really like Bill Paxton, a lot, but he ain’t no Denzel Washington. Denzel made Training Day what it was. This doesn’t look, bad but once again, it’s a watered down, middle of the road, cop show, that’s not nearly as edgy and challenging as the movie, nor can it be, on broadcast television. I’d rather just watch the original film. You can’t reproduce the magic of this type of film on broadcast TV. That’s what HBO and Cinemax are for.
I loved the Lethal Weapon movies, but there is a certain kind of magic that can only be captured in a certain time, and place, by certain actors. Once again, just like Training Day, it’s watered down to be bland and palatable, and appeal to as many people as possible. Damon Wayans is not unfunny but he’s just not good enough.
This just looks boring. I expect lots and lots and lots of talking, and then maybe some cross waving, and some more talking.
Meh! Not feeling it. Its not bad, but I wasn’t a fan of the original movie. I think this suffers from the same problem that all these remakes from 80’s movies are suffering from: There were better budgets and actors in the originals.
Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, Frequency…why is television remaking movies from twenty and thirrty years ago, that were either too iconic, or edgy, to ever be good on TV, or were mediocre films,that nobody cared about. Whatever happened to adapting books? That’s what cable is doing and so far they’ve been pretty good at it.
While we’re on the subject, I’d love it if cable television would do a series version of Mad Max. Done well, it could rival The Walking Dead.
If its done well, which means NOT on broadcast television.
So, I’m not real enthused about the new fall season on regular TV. I will tune in to catch some f the superhero shows on CW, because those shows are kind of fun. I’ll be back for extra seasons of shows I’m already watching, too.