Aaaaaaaaaaaaand another one bites the dust…
In order for new, exciting shows to grace our screens the networks have to cut the fat. It’s sad at the best of times, but especially so when a show is killed before it can air the episodes that have been scripted, recorded and edited. They’re just sitting on a hard drive somewhere, hoping somebody will slot them into hiatus season as easy programming so they can finally see the light of day.
Wicked City had it the worst. Despite sounding like a modern-day reimagining of Wizard of Oz (see Zoey Deschenel’s Tin Man) it was actually a by-the-numbers serial killer show akin to The Killing or Broadchurch. It sought out alum from American Horror Story and Gossip Girl but didn’t have the critical power to push beyond three episodes.
Angel from Hell was the latest vehicle for legend Jane Lynch. After supporting roles in Glee and Two and a Half Men the talented lady has tried variety show Hollywood Game Night and Angel from Hell. Neither connected, for some reason, and the comedy was cut after five episodes. Don’t expect that to stop Lynch. She’ll likely appear in Scream Queens or The Big Bang Theory any moment now.
Casino drama The Player, Dallas-inspired Blood and Oil and sitcom Truth Be Told all completed their initial runs but were not renewed.
However the highest-profile cut is Heroes: Reborn. The original series was a massive hit but stumbled in its second season thanks to the Writers Guild of America Strike. It whimpered on for another two seasons and ultimately ended both too soon and not soon enough. The recent continuation was met with elation – but with barely any of the original cast returning it was just a big disappointment.
As sad as it is to say goodbye, none of these shows were stellar. Let’s hope the things that replace it are.
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