Tears of Sadness, Joy, and Frustration: A Report on This Year's Cancelled and Renewed Shows
Allow me a contradiction, if you will. I wrote an article last month stating that this time of year (when Game of Thrones is on) is when I enjoy TV most, and that's still true! However, it's right about this time of year that most television shows come to an end for the until fall and summer programming takes their place. I am not a big fan of summer programming (unless it's on HBO or Showtime), and if that weren't bad enough, this is also the time when TV shows are divided into three distinct groups: Shows that are renewed Shows that are cancelled Shows that have been renewed but have no business being renewed because they are bad or have been on for far too long That third group is a tad negative, but hey, you've read my articles before. In this piece, I will go through some of the more popular shows from all three groups and explain my take on them. Tears of Joy: Favorites That Are Coming Back The following are shows that I'm glad have been renewed: American Horror Story: It's actually sort of amazing it was renewed, as this season was far from its best. (Thank you very much, Lady Gaga!) Arrow: Want my thoughts? Here's an article about that! Better Call Saul: Imagine the tone of Breaking Bad, but more funny. Better Call Saul doesn't get enough recognition in my opinion. The Big Bang Theory: This show can stay on forever as long as it remains funny. However, has anyone noticed how little "show" there actually is in 30 minutes? DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Did you watch this? If not, you missed out! It. Is. Great! The Flash: Uh . . . duh! The Flash is probably the most popular show on the CW! Or it is until Supergirl shows up to challenge it . . . Gotham: Sweet! Also moving to the CW . . . okay, maybe not, but I have an article on that coming soon. iZombie: I don't watch regularly, but I do enjoy the show. Jessica Jones: Probably my favorite show on Netflix! She's one funny, hard-drinking bad-ass! #Defenders Lucifer: Also liked it, but missed it. Summer show #4. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: Probably my favorite show on ABC! Let's get more of those Inhumans! The New Girl: I love this show, but it has a lot to make up for with this last season. Megan Fox? Really? I thought it was the end of the show. Once Upon a Time: Happy to hear this. My full thoughts will be in an article coming soon. Orange Is the New Black: You expected a different outcome? It's one of the the top shows on Netflix! However, how many more seasons can Piper be believably serving an 18-month sentence? Well . . . to be fair, M*A*S*H was on for something like 10 years while the Korean War itself only lasted three years. (Editor's note: M*A*S*H was on for 11 years . . . even more implausible!) Quantico: I have heard nothing but good things, but I didn't get around to it. Hey, that's what summer is for. Scorpion: Again, this looks awesome but has escaped me. Summer show #2. Supergirl: I liked it, but chose Gotham over it. Summer show #3. Also, it's moving to the CW, where it will interact with the Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow universe! Score! Plus, Jeb Bush thinks she's hot . . . so it has that going for it, which is nice. Supernatural: Happy to hear. Article coming soon . . . Tears of Sadness: Favorites Leaving Us Too Soon Agent Carter: Netflix, get on this ASAP! I do have a theory on why it's leaving---it isn't exciting enough, despite Hayley Atwell being absolutely wonderful. Castle: Never saw it, but has the following our audience can appreciate. Limitless: Not good enough for me to watch often, but had the potential to be great. Perhaps after Dexter, people got tired of seeing Jennifer Carpenter as a cop. Mike & Molly: Sad, but not surprising with how big of a star Melissa McCarthy has become. Tears of Frustration: Shows That Have Been On Too Long or Should Never Have Been Greenlit in the First Place Warning: I guarantee controversy and/or upset feelings with this list. 2 Broke Girls (renewed): Once promising, now just old and repetitive. We get it---one is promiscuous and the other used to be rich. Fuller House (renewed): Just click the link here . . . if you dare. Grandfathered (cancelled): This was a "show" . . . Grey's Anatomy (renewed): Okay, I'll say it . . . this is a Scrubs ripoff, and it's been on so long that almost every original cast member has left. HOW IS THIS SHOW STILL AROUND?! The Grinder (cancelled): I call this a mercy killing. Horrible premise, horrible show. The Muppets (cancelled): Who thought that this was a good idea, anyway? The Odd Couple (renewed): Is it me or did Mathew Perry forget how to act? You can't just shout every line and think it's funny. The Ranch (renewed): My best friend and I laughed at this show . . . at how horrible it was, that is. Come on, Netflix, you're better than that! Scream Queens (renewed): I watched 20 minutes of the first episode, turned it off, and never looked back. I'd say that I expect more from the creators of American Horror Story, but . . . look at Hotel. The Vampire Diaries (renewed): I've never seen a full episode. True story: I was in the room with a friend of mine as she watched it and, after about 10 minutes, she saw that I was looking at her with a look of disgust and she said to me, "What? It gets better." I saved these two for last because they will upset people the most. Family Guy (renewed): Let me explain. I quote Family Guy daily; I have great affection for it. However, I am able to say that this show is not what it once was. The plots are thinner, the jokes aren't always great, and . . . it's just gotten old. There, I said it! I started losing interest in the show with the "The Bird is the Word" episode. That one annoyed me to a level I didn't think possible. Don't get me wrong, FG can still hammer out some good episodes, but at what point does it become stale? Several years ago, I read an interview with the show's creator, Seth MacFarlane, in which he said he didn't want to overstay his welcome. Seth, I love you, but I think Family Guy has had its run. The Simpsons (renewed): I don't feel I have to justify this one. Can any show stay fresh after 20-something years? I stopped watching on any kind of regular basis years ago, when I saw an episode in which Homer spent the whole time trying to remember what color Marge's eyes were. He decides to write a song about it and uses every word that rhymes with "hazel" without saying "hazel" . . . because he doesn't remember that they're hazel. That was it for me. I've seen some episodes since then, but very few of them were noteworthy. I think that, after more than a quarter of a century on TV, a show can call it quits. I'm convinced it only stays on because of its time slot. Give it up, guys; it's time. Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below!
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