(WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for the shows mentioned. You’ve been warned.)
Every year in May, TV executives are tasked with the difficult job of deciding what show will or will not come back for the next season. The following shows created a lot of buzz when they were first announced, and they started off strong, with great storylines full of mystery and intrigue. However, as the shows progressed, they somehow lost their audience and with that, their ratings took a nosedive. Possible reasons for that include: killing off a main character, being moved to a different time-slot where a show has to compete with more popular shows or milking a story formula dry.
While it is only February, May is just around the corner and I have singled out five shows that are currently considered to be on the bubble and give you my view on whether or not a #TV network should or should not keep them.
1. ‘Sleepy Hollow’
Sleepy Hollow started off as this amazing show with an enticing story and an even better cast. Incorporating the metaphysical with a police procedural as well as showcasing American history with a twist, it colored me impressed at the time. I tuned in every week and thoroughly enjoyed the on-screen chemistry between Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Leftenant Abigail “Abbie” Mills.
Tears of joy were shed when they announced John Noble would join the show in a pivotal role. And the dark twist had us #SleepyHollow fans take to Twitter and discuss the show endlessly.
The second season was good but the season started to show its first cracks after the death of Crane’s wife and the sacrifice of his son, played by John Noble. The mystery and intrigues slowly faded away and what was left was an uninspired second half of Season 2.
Season 3 wasn’t up to our expectations either, and in my opinion, the final nail in the coffin should have been the death of Abbie Mills at the very end. Instead of canceling the show, and to my surprise, Fox renewed the show for a fourth season. While I continue to enjoy Tom Mison’s acting, the reboot of the show hasn’t worked out well so far.
The reboot includes a move to Washington DC, a new cast (including Abbie’s sister, who played an integral role in the first three seasons), a new enemy and more evil, most inspired by folklore. While I enjoy the acting of the new cast, the great chemistry between Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane is forever lost. Unfortunately, that is exactly what made the show great. Without the funny banter and the characters completing each other, the show has become a bland version of itself.
Canceling the show and putting it out of its misery would be the way to go. Without Abbie Mills the show is just not what it used to be.
2. Marvel’s ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
When Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was announced, expectations were high. Fans and pundits were hoping for Marvel heroes such as Captain America or Hawkeye, but the creators were quick to tell us that they weren’t going down that route..
What we did get were a bunch of B-listers and C-listers such as Deathlok, Mockingbird and Lady Sif. While I enjoyed them as guest stars, it just felt like something was missing. It was missing a deeper connection to the #Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel said that ALL shows were connected to the MCU, but after four years, the closest we have come are two very loose connections to Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Season 4 is currently airing and the show has moved to a later time to allow for darker storylines. It has paid off, because I finally got to see one of my heroes in action, namely the Ghost Rider. Incorporating Darkhold into the storyline was a great move, adding some much-needed magic to the #MCU. In turn, the Life Model Decoys that were used in the comics were also a good addition.
The storylines of this season have been one of their best but the show keeps losing viewers. At the end of the day, ratings decide whether the show receives a renewal or a cancelation. In my opinion, we should give the show another season, but maybe get the show back to its original time slot or on a different day.
#Blindspot is a show that had a controversial start. The pilot was leaked on the internet way before the original airdate. The show started off strong with double identities, a lot of mysterious tattoos that each presented a case of the week and and the main character’s mysterious past.
Unfortunately, the ‘one case per week’ formula gets old fast, and at some point you have to wonder: How many more tattoos can Jane’s body hold to provide storylines for that formula? After watching the winter finale I can tell you that it is not a lot. The show jumped the shark when they introduced a test tattoo under the tattoos that are currently on Jane’s body. Imagine this: a 1m75cm woman with a body covered in tattoos that can provide for years worth of mystery and suspense and they’ve managed to use them all in one and a half season? That doesn’t add up. Add confusing storylines with the usual switching allegiances to that, more memory memory loss and predictable plots and you got yourself a show that is a dime a dozen.
In my opinion, the show should be canceled as the show is just dragging on without any real substance.
Who else watched #Frequency back when it was released as a movie in the early 2000s? Well, I did, and it was a good movie that took the concept of time travel lightly and put the emphasis on family relationships instead.
When The CW announced the TV show, I seriously wondered how it would work, and for some reason it just did. First of all, Peyton List as the lead was a great move — I have only watched her in TV shows where she played a supporting character or shows where she played very flat characters (The Tomorrow People being the exception). However, in Frequency, Peyton List shows that she has depth and range as well as broad shoulders that can carry a show. The synergy between her and her TV dad (played by Riley Smith) was absolutely fascinating to watch and we need more of that on TV.
The only thing that didn’t really work on TV was the corrupt cop storyline. It was a b-plot that didn’t add anything to the main plot of the show. The storytelling was enticing and entertaining but with the main mystery of the show solved, it can only go downhill. Almost all the questions are answered and, in my opinion, warranting a second season would go the way of Prison Break and quickly run out of steam. Some shows are just meant to be a one-season shows, and Frequency is the perfect example of that.
Whenever I watch Quantico, the song “Save me” by Queen starts to play. The song is about a married couple that started off really, really well but as their marriage progresses, the couple alienates from each other and eventually file for divorce.
#Quantico was awesome at the start. The show’s got a big star in Priyanka Chopra, a relatively new cast and a lot of intrigue, yet still the writers managed to keep the show casual enough to not be confusing. This show had everything: Bombs, terrorist threats, betrayals, alliances, double crosses, double double crosses and lots of paranoia.
In the second season we got more of all that but this time they overdid it. The show has slowly alienated itself from its audience, and even though the writers have promised us to make it one timeline instead of going back and forth (which was really the show’s main attraction), it is going to take a lot to get the lost viewers back. In turn, it’ll take some time to work out all the confusing storylines that have no real direction. Put the show out of its misery or do a total reboot with a clear sense of direction and much less confusion.
The five discussed shows in the article are all amazing shows, but some of have them have run out of steam, begging the question: Do we keep them or cut them? Please let us know in the comments!