May. 16th, 2014

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Just a few concluding thoughts about this year's Upfronts...

A large number of the shows reported earlier as picked up by the networks did not appear on the fall schedules.  This is a continuing sign that networks are starting to abandon "new in the fall" as a model and are copying the cable networks more and more by having shows that start at various times throughout the year.  This is a very good plan-  having no new television in the summer (besides True Blood's final season, The Newsroom's final season, and Under The Dome's tragic continuance) is kind of a drag.

I was struck by the reduction in the number of comedies on the air this fall-  very few of the new shows are comedies, and very few of the listed comedies actually look funny.  With How I Met Your Mother and The Neighbors off the air, The Big Bang Theory and Parks & Recreation are still the best returning comedies, and there aren't many new contenders for making me laugh.  A to Z has some potential, as does Manhattan Love Story.  Still, there's nothing there that looks truly hilarious-  nothing like Community or 30 Rock, alas.  Even Parks & Rec is being held for midseason, which is sad.

Comics, comics, comics! Right now the major networks have seven comic-book based shows, and the cable networks have more than that.    Constantine, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (god I still hate that title), Agent Carter, and iZombie. It's a great time to be a tv-and-comics geek.

The show that I am most excited about for next season is The Flash.  I like everything I've seen so far.  I like the mythology they're setting up. and the five minute trailer that was posted yesterday suggests that the particle accelerator that powered up Barry has opened the door to lots of other DC Universe superpowers.  It sounds a little bit like a Smallville-style "freak of the week" formula, but they referenced dark energy, antimatter, and X elements.  These are all components of other DC comics characters.  I think there's a great deal of potential here.  I still think they missed a great opportunity by pairing this with Supernatural- tonally, this is a mismatch.  They really ought to have paired it with Arrow.

Now we just have to wait four or five months until the September and October premiers of most of this stuff.


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