There’s something to be said for shows that are always in ratings danger. If a show is on the bubble, and the writers/show runners know that the show is on the bubble, they have more incentive to go all-in on popular ships or risky story lines. They don’t hold anything back “for next season,” because they aren’t sure there will be a next season.
That seems to be what’s happening on Lucifer, right now. And that’s not a bad thing.
My all time fav show, Parks and Recreation, was constantly on the bubble. They 100% wrote and acted every season as if it would be their last. They held nothing back. They let ships come together and stay together. They let characters grow and evolve. They let characters get new jobs outside the Parks department even though that was the name of the show. Because when you write like there is no next season, you have to treat each episode and each character arc as a gift and give it your all. And when you are shocked and delighted by a renewal, instead of standing back and saying, “Damn, we used up all our good stuff already,” it forces you to let the characters and stories grow in unexpected and creative directions.
This is what the Parks and Rec show runner, Mike Schur, learned and displayed in all the seasons from S2 onward. And I can see how he is applying that lesson to his other shows, Brooklyn 99 and The Good Place.
The writing on those shows holds nothing back “for next season.” If a character has been dating someone for a while? Let them move in together and adopt a kid. Let another couple grow closer instead of breaking up. Let the characters adapt to new partnerships and new growth opportunities. Let the Big Major Plot points happen right away instead of stringing them along padded by dozens of filler episodes.
Because if the characters and actors are interesting, there will always be more stories to tell.
Some of my other shows (and show runners) need to learn this lesson. (I’m looking at you, A&E)
Movies you should watch:
1. Silence of the Lambs
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Gone girl
5. Requiem for a Dream
6. The Prestige
7. American Beauty
9. Fight Club
10. Wait until Dark
Shows you should watch:
2. Orphan Black
3. House of Cards
4. Parks and Recreation
5. United States of Tara
6. How to Get Away with Murder
8. American Horror story (seasons 1-3)
9. Doctor Who+ Torchwood
10. SNL + 30 Rock
I’m not quite sure of the rules, but I think it’s favorites…?
1. Song - Man I can’t choose just one. I have a new favorite song like every week.
2. Movie - Any Tim Burton film (but most especially Sweeney Todd)
3. Shows - Parks and Recreation is my favorite show of all time. I also love The Crown, Doctor Who, and A Series of Unfortunate Events
4. People - That’s kind of a tough one…my dad, Cody Carson (I’ve met this beautiful twice, he’s amazing), and Anna Kendrick…I don’t know, I feel kinda weird listing celebrities as my favorite people because like I don’t know them personally. My dad is my favorite person, there you go.
5. Foods - barbecue (the food of the gods) and pizza
Wendy, Bebe, what past fashion trends do you love the most?
Bebe: Ooh, I just LOVE 80’s fashion. So bright and vibrant. And how can you say no to fingerless gloves and leather? Bebe: Or the 50’s! I love poodle skirts, it’d be great if they came back in style! Wendy: Really? They’re so long! Bebe: Yeah, but they’re pretty! Wendy: True. I really like 20’s fashion. Flappers, bobbed hair.. not to mention suffragettes! Oh, or the 40s. Rosie the Riveter. Bebe: I also like the 90s. Wendy: Oh! Me, too. Flannel was really big back then, wasn’t it? Bebe: No, not the 1990s. The 1690s. Wendy: Wendy: what Bebe: Bebe: you’ve never seen parks and recreation have you
favorite color: red for sure! but also like dark purple is super nice
pets: I have a black and white cat named oreo (of course) who i’ve had since I was 7 years old and late last year we adopted a siamese kitten who i named Juniper and she’s only 8 months old and I love her;;
favorite tv shows: excluding anime and cartoons, i think my faves would have to be like parks and recreation, brooklyn nine-nine, and (more recently) a series of unfortunate events that they put up on netflix!
hobbies: i like to read a lot of books and i frequently run out of space on my bookshelf which makes me have to re-arrange a lot;; i also like to write poetry and short prose, knit scarves specifically, play video games, and collect tiny figurines (which then decorate everywhere in my room)!
books: is this regarding books i like or am reading currently? well i’ll stick with the ones i’m reading right now. I’m in the middle of Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder and also Death In The Clouds by Agatha Christie. Both are really good so far and I can’t wait to read more. I also have this big urge to re-read all the books from Series of Unfortunate Events because I recently finished the show on Netflix. It’s so good and accurate to the books and I’m in love;;;