The month of May may bring flowers, but it also brings a ton of TV news.
Networks publicly announce what shows have been cancelled, picked up or moved on the schedule.
Here are my three takeaways from this year’s Upfronts presentations.
Big name stars
This past TV season brought Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones), Sean Hayes (Sean Saves the World), Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) and Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show) to the small screen.
The 2014-15 show lineup includes starring roles for Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Matthew Perry (Odd Couple) and Felicity Huffman (American Crime), who is returning to TV for the first time since Desperate Housewives.
Banking on a big name star isn’t worth the risk. The merit of someone’s name does not a guaranteed success just
The Crazy Ones and Super Fun Night ran for an entire season each, but both have since been cancelled. Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show were cancelled midseason.
I hope Matthew Perry’s show does well. Post-Friends, he has starred in three shows, all of which lasted only one season (Go On, Mr. Sunshine and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). He’s a talented actor, so hopefully this show is the right vehicle for him.
Arrow has done well for The CW, so well in fact that a spinoff, The Flash, following another DC character, will premiere this fall.
There’s also Gotham, a look at origin stories of DC villains. It will star Ben McKenzie, of The O.C. and Southland fame, as James Gordon. And NBC will debut Constantine in the fall.
Lastly, ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter features a female character as Hayley Atwell takes her Captain America character to the small screen.
This season’s new comic book show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., had moderate ratings, but I don’t think it filled the hype it created because of Joss Whedon’s writing and promised cameos from the Avengers. But, it has been renewed for a second season.
Shows based on comic book heroes are a bit of niche market. They can be hit or miss with people, and only some people will tune in, basing the decision solely on the superhero factor.
With the lack of huge hit success of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m surprised to see more superhero shows flying to TV. But maybe the new shows will have more success.
The sixth season of Glee, which also will also the Fox show’s last, won’t premiere until midseason.
Other Fox shows are moving too: Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Sundays and Bones to Thursdays.
And even though it’s the No. 1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory will air on Mondays in the fall until the football season is over.
It seems silly to move shows that have aired on certain days most of their runs. But dedicated fan bases should keep the shows afloat.
What do you think? What shows are you looking forward to?