While it’s that time of year to celebrate the passing of one year into the next, it’s also that time when people become increasingly concerned their favourite television show might go the way of the Dodo and become extinct … Sorry, I mean cancelled.
Which shows are in serious jeopardy of being cancelled? Let’s begin with the shows we know have not survived the chopping block.
It revolved around the lives of two young women, Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs). When waitressing at a quintessential American greasy spoon diner, Max and Caroline discover they have common interests.
Their dream is to launch a successful business of their own. The only snag is finding the money to accomplish the goal.
All good things must come to an end. This is equally true for situation comedies as it is for anything else that obits our daily lives. With a six-season run, on one can say “2 Broke Girls” didn’t have an opportunity to shine. It did. It had its moment in the spotlight. Exit stage right.
While “2 Broke Girls” has did fairly well with six-seasons, the same cannot be said for ABC’s John Ridley created crime drama “American Crime.” With only three seasons under its belt, premièred on 5 March 2015, the seasonal anthology series starred Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral and Elvis Nolasco.
Even though the show had an excellent cast, inclusive of “Leverage” alum. Hutton, it just wasn’t enough to maintain audience interest.
A show I personally liked, Fox’s police drama “APB,” has been cancelled after only 12 episodes. The drama, created by Matt Nix and David Slack, revolved around tech billionaire Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk) and Detective Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez). After witnessing a violent crime, Reeves purchases a troubled police precinct, rebooting it as a private police force with the best technology money can buy.
I admit it. I was giddy for Gideon. I would have liked to have seen more of him. Despite this point, even though the premise of the show was somewhat innovative, the stories revolved too much around the technology and not enough around the characters.
After the success of “The Blacklist,” it was thought a spin-off show revolving around covert operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) would have serious traction with Blacklisters.
Although Bokenkamp was the creative talent that brought television viewers “The Blacklist,” he did fail to recognise a significant difference between the parent show and the spin-off.
The spin-off lacked the presence of James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò and Hisham Tawfiq. Granted, Boone made two appearances “The Blacklist: Redemption” as FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Keen but that really wasn’t enough. It needed some parent-show guidance. It didn’t get it. It failed.
Another personal favourite of mine that failed to avoid the chopping block, “Chicago Justice,” was the latest series in the One-Chicago franchise.
The show, premièred on 1 Mar. 2017, revolved around a team of dedicated prosecutors and investigators working for the State’s Attorney’s Office. To avoid city politics and controversy head-on, the team worked fearlessly in the pursuit of justice.
A huge draw for me was the level of continuity and crossover it had with the other three shows in the franchise, “Chicago Fire” (2012-), “Chicago P.D.” (2014-) and “Chicago Med” (2015-). Further, with the One-Chicago franchise set in the same fictional universe as the “Law & Order” franchise, if “Chicago Justice” had endured, there was continued potential for “Law & Order” characters to make appearances on this fourth incarnation. Unfortunately, with only 13-episodes televised, the show didn’t endure.
Another crime drama that didn’t make it past the chopping block was “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”
“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” the second spin-off to CBS’ long running Jeff Davis created series “Criminal Minds,” fared moderately better than the first spin-off, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.”
Premièring on 16 March 2016, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” made it half way through its second season before being shown the door. As you might recall, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” was cancelled after only 13-episodes televised.
With two failed spin-off series under its belt, one must ask what it is series creators are getting wrong. What is it about the original “Criminal Minds,” other than the fan-base, that did not transition to either spin-off? If creators can address this issue, they might have a better chance of creating a successful spin-off to a show that has already achieved 13-seasons, numerous award nominations and wins.
Other television shows cancelled include: