Fall TV is looking pretty good on some of the networks, such as FOX, NBC and ABC. Why? Because they are actually catering to the sci-fi and fantasy viewer by showing some interesting shows though they’ve taken others away. The question here is though, can these new installments last a season?
In order to make room for these new shows, several others have been cancelled, which possibly has some upset over their favorites’. A good example is the re-imagining of V. It has been cancelled, and what is potentially upsetting to the fans is that there will be no conclusion to huge the cliff-hanger that ended this past season. But this is not the first time a new fledgling show was cancelled without its fans seeing closure and it won’t be the last.
And a possible reason some of these new shows end up cancelling could be people giving up on the network. Why should they invest their time in something new, no matter how awesome it sounds, if the possibility of a cancellation tarnishes the supposed joy?
The fall line-up sounds promising, but how long will they last or even make it to season? Some new shows that could possibly break the freshman ax? Terra Nova from FOX and Grimm from NBC.
The other shows that sound promising but may not work out are ABC’s Once Upon a Time and The River.
Here ar a quick premises for the shows:
Terra Nova – Family from the year 2149 goes back 85 million years to save the future of humanity.
Grimm – A modern re-telling of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.The stories are real, and a family known as Grimms are all that stand between humanity and the fairy tale world.
Once Upon a Time – A woman moves to a picturesque small-town called Storybrooke where she finds clues to her past and the fact that fairy tales could be real.
The River – A TV reporter is lost in the amazon and his family goes in search of him, seeing that magic and science are real in this place.
Each of these shows sound like the networks are trying to key in to the sci-fi and fantasy viewer especially with the success of Being Human on Syfy and Game of Thrones on HBO.
One thing the networks should be looking at is shorter seasons, with each season having a conclusion and option at the end of the season to have contract renegotiated. It works in the UK, and an example would be Jekyll (which had 6 episodes) and Sherlock (which had 3 episodes for season 1), both of which are short series, like a mini-series if you will, but can be optioned for a second season. Why would this work? Because of the dreaded hiatus which has killed many a show, with a short season people will have their show done nice and tidy like and the network can option for a future season. Or not.
Can these new shows succeed? Or are there enough viewers willing to give these shows a chance? The networks are banking on it.
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