May 9, 2014


The television gods giveth as they taketh away.  We recently reported that NBC had renewed Hannibal for a third season while cancelling Community just short of its anticipated sixth season.  Here’s a glance at some other changes in the television landscape:

  • NBC: About a Boy has been renewed for a second season, but Revolution and Growing Up Fisher have been cancelled, with Crisis and Believe on the bubble. [Update: The bubble has burst; they've been cancelled.]
  • ABC: Cancellations galore for Trophy Wife, Mixology, The Neighbors, Suburgatory, and Super Fun Night.

Hit the jump for more.

about-a-boy-renewedAs TV Line reports, NBC has put down the Revolution after two seasons.  The J.J. Abrams-executive-produced post-apocalyptic dramatic action series centered on groups of human settlers who survived an incident that left the world without electricity.  The show starred Billy Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Lyons, Tracy Spiridakos, and Giancarlo Esposito just to name a few.   THR follows up that news with word that the Abrams-backed series Believe (which also sports Alfonso Cuaron as a co-creator) and Secret Service drama Crisis are on the bubble, and likely to be cancelled. [Update: TV Line reports that the plug has indeed been pulled on both shows.]  Freshman comedy series Growing Up Fisher, starring J.K. Simmons as a blind parent, has also come to the end of its run.

Meanwhile, over at ABC, it’s a regular slaughterhouse.  Freshman comedies Trophy Wife and Mixology got the ax, as did the series The Neighbors, Suburgatory, and Super Fun Night.  The network’s Last Man Standing and Nashville are still in contention to return, but no official word has come down one way or the other for either of them. (Via TV Line)

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  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Revolution was bad anyway.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Season 1 was up and down for my wife and I with some key performers being pretty weak. We gave up but then decided to catch up with streaming. Like most shows it’s better with no commercial breaks or weeks between shows. It was okay enough despite wild tone issues and few characters I cared it about. It had just enough intrigue to get us to try Season 2.

      Season 2 started really strong, IMO. The potential grew for awhile and there seemed to be a much more solid vision for the show with the characters getting grounded and interesting for the first time. My biggest issues are that the potential of the “fireflies” got funneled in a direction that wasn’t as fun or interesting as I imagined and the show began to meander and run in circles. Furthermore I find it distasteful to have such an “R-rated” show on at 8pm. I must be old but I’m still surprised but how graphic these shows have become and how disturbing (young girl slitting her own throat was a “highlight”).

      Anyway, I just hope they get to finish it off in a somewhat satisfying way, though I can’t imagine how given where the story is at.

      I really think these serial shows should have a contract to allow for 2 newly produced episodes at the option of the show runner _after_ it is officially cancelled. It would be a show of good faith to the viewers and a way to build viewer confidence in new shows.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I gave up after episode 5.
        I found the girl too stupid to be believable. Always putting her uncle in dangerous situations.
        Plus, come on! I can make electricity with a magnet and a coil.

      • LEM

        I thought it had a good idea for a premise but the show was cliche ridden garbage. The networks allowing cancelled shows to have an ending for the audience would be great because the cancellations happen so often now that most people may not even bother being invested in a show unless they’re a few seasons in.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Just watched the latest episode and it was honestly really good. Oh well. First season was a mess, second season was way better. Only two more episodes so I don’t expect any real closure. Maybe the show runners had an idea it might get cancelled and had an alternate version of the finale? Guess I’ll find out. :)

      • LEM

        I hope they don’t leave you with a cliffhanger.

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    • Harry

      You left out ALMOST HUMAN and BELIEVE.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Fringe was excellent even if it had its ups and downs and season 1 was pretty bad. Felicity is well regarded. Lost was a TV event that lasted years. Person of Interest is still pretty great. Believe has issues but I like it. Undercovers was beyond awful and Alcatraz went off the rails pretty fast even though there are some things I liked. Almost Human was pretty good, I thought. Just saying.


    Looks ABC is not afriad to shoot dying dogs I’m not watch NBC till the Heros event.

  • scurvy

    Dammit. Neighbors was a great show.


    Maybe if people wrote better shows they’d stop being cancelled.

    • eternalozzie

      Writing isn’t the bottom line to networks … advertising income is … some of the best shows are canceled because they can’t generate enough profit … not that I am saying Revolution is one of the best shows … but it was expensive to produce.
      I think a lot of the networks are going to start looking at the10-12 episode season model that work so well for BBC and MTV and others … they are less of a financial risk.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Plenty of shows with great writing, casting, production are cancelled for reasons that have nothing to do with quality or even whether there is an audience for them. Sometimes there isn’t a good hook for advertising, but the worst is when it is because of scheduling.

      Networks will take their best show and prop it up against another Network’s runaway hit on a long shot to take viewers away from a time slot. If it doesn’t work, oh well. Then there’s the experimentation with moving shows to different days and times and trying to air shows after sports events.

      I can’t wait until scheduled programming is something I tell my grandkids about while they stare in disbelief at the absurdity.

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