Among the big four networks, NBC got out the largest broom on Friday, a sign of the struggle it had this year with new series. “Marry Me,” “About a Boy,” “One Big Happy” joined earlier casualties “A to Z” and “Bad Judge.”
On the drama side, “Constantine” and Katherine Heigl’s comeback vehicle, “State of Affairs,” were formally terminated, as was “Allegiance” earlier in the year. The bell is also expected to ring soon for another drama, “American Odyssey.”
Fox’s “The Following” is rumored to be making the digital rounds, but speculation about Hulu making a play is offbase, say sources. The Kevin Bacon starrer came out strong in its first season in 2013 but faded fast in season two and never recovered.
Hulu is in negotiations to rescue “The Mindy Project” from the cancellation heap. Fox opted to pull the plug after three seasons. But reruns of the show starring Mindy Kaling has been a strong performer for Hulu, which licensed the rights from producer Universal TV. That gives Hulu a strong incentive to pick up more episodes. And certainly Universal TV wants to keep going for at least one or two more seasons to bring the total number of episodes produced closer to 100 vs. the 65 or so at this point.
Beyond “Mindy,” the landscape for new comedy series was brutal this season as only a few freshman series went the distance. ABC was the notable exception with “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” coming out of the box strong. ABC’s “Cristela,” however, was among the casualties. ABC also threw in the towel quickly last fall on comedies “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story.”
ABC dramas “Forever” and “Resurrection” also failed to live up to their titles and came to an end during the past season.
CBS had hard times with first-year laffer “The McCarthys” and “The Millers,” the latter of which got a quick hook last fall only weeks into its second season.
Freshman drama “Battle Creek” came on in midseason with a strong pedigree — it came from showrunner David Shore and “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan — but it wasn’t strong enough to overcome middling ratings.
Fox’s other cancellations this season included “Backstrom,” the offbeat dramedy starring Rainn Wilson, and comedy “Mulaney,” which folded in February. Fox also had the biggest reality flame-out of the year with “Utopia.” The series that sent a group of strangers off onto a ranch to build their own society was envisioned as airing for a full year but managed only a few weeks until the social order crashed.
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My GF and I were among the few that were watching and enjoying About a Boy, but we were expecting it to get cancelled when it didn't come back from the holidays. Other than that, and Marry Me, we weren't currently watching any of the other shows that were on the schedules.
I had tried to watch Battle Creek, but it felt like more out of an obligation for Vince Gilligan than the show actually being good.
I gave up on The Following about three episodes into this season. Looks like I made the right move. It was one of those shows that was best kept to a first-season mini-series rather than try to stretch it out.
I've only watched a few minutes of Battle Creek but I've been meaning to check out more. Seemed irreverent enough for me to give it a shot. Wish I had.
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