Some Shows Are Returning Next Season. Some Aren't

The Upfronts were last week, and by the end of Friday, we, the viewing public, pretty much knew which shows were picked up, which shows weren't, which shows would be getting another season, and which had seen their last. And then there is Hannibal, but more on that later.

First, and most importantly, ABC surprised no one by giving the green light to Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, henceforth known as SHIELD because the other one has too many words (and in the promos would conceivably be ABC's Marvel's Agents of SHIELD), and the only people who will refer to it by the whole title will be lawyers. The first look, a whole seven seconds (which includes a brief glimpse at J. August Richards in his secret role) is above.

Elsewhere, NBC renewed Parks and Rec, for which we can all be thankful. They also renewed Community for another 13 episode season, which having watched the recent fourth season i believe is entirely the wrong decision. the network has spent three seasons wanting to cancel the show, now they have the opportunity, and they bring it back/ Probably because now it is a lifeless husk of it's former self, without intelligence design or direction, filled with lifeless characters made of parodies of their once full and glorious selves. And they can't even bank on Chevy anymore, which NBC seemed to think was a selling point. Of this past season, I enjoyed exactly one episode, and doubt I'll watch it next season at all. Thanks, NBC, for sucking the joy out of something I loved. Now stay away from Parks.

Hit the jump for the rest of the "big deals."

That is the trailer for The Blacklist, the only good looking drama on NBC's schedule for next year, an obvious attempt to follow in the footsteps of the Following, except it looks good. Of course, the Following was good, for one episode. But James Spader is always excellent, especially when he's being immoral, but him balding is freaking me the hell out. NBC also picked up Alfonso CuarĂ³n and J.J Abram's ten year old superhero series Believe. Gillian Anderson's new series Crisis also got a pick up for mid season.

The remainder of the Thursday night comedy slots will be taken by new series: Welcome to the Family, NBC's attempt to get in on that whole Modern Family thing, in perfect NBC fashion, five season too late; the highly anticipated return to regular TV comedy for Michael J. Fox in The Michael J. Fox Show; and
Sean Saves the World, starring Sean Hayes and created by Victor Fresco, as in the mind behind Andy Richter Controls The Universe and Better Off Ted. Chances are this series will be fast, smart, brilliant, and cancelled quickly (Andy and Ted each got two season on FOX and ABC, I'm giving Sean six episodes on NBC).
Peacock is refusing to give a thumbs up or down on their best dramatic series, Hannibal, until the first season concludes. Considering half the audience left after the second episode, which isn't good, but the numbers have remained steady since, which is the best NBC can hope for anymore. I love the show, but also recognise that it is Bryan Fuller, and that enjoying any of his shows comes with the expectation for a short run. They did cancel Matthew Perry's Go On, which had it's moments.

On FOX, the biggest news is the picking up of J.J. Abram's robot buddy cop show Being Human, and a bizarre sounding modernised version of Sleepy Hollow from Fringe and Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, at least solidifying FOX as the one network that still takes a chance on sci-fi. ABC, aside from wisely getting into the Marvel universe, renewed Castle for a sixth season, which was expected as it is stable, popular, and inoffensive. And another year of Nathan Fillion is never a bad thing. They renewed comedies the Middle and Suburgatory. Once Upon A Time is getting it's long rumoured spin off, called In Wonderland, which will continue to plumb the public domain and Disney princess depths.

CBS cancelled Vegas and CSI New York, but their schedule went largely unchanged. Chuck Lorre will ahve enough shows on the network to create his own programming block, and Robin Williams will be returning to TV for the first time since Mork and Mindy, in a show co-starring Buffy's Sarah Michelle Geller called Crazy Ones. Really the only thing of note about CBS is that no where to be seen is the Rupert Grint/Stephen Fry superhero comedy Super Clyde.

And that is sad.

Via Den of Geek, Uproxx a couple times, and The Mary Sue.
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  1. I was wondering how you felt about Hannibal. It is damn good.

    1. I've enjoyed it. I wasn't sold at the very start, but by the end of the first episode, I'd say I was hooked. It's clearly called Hannibal just for the brand recognition, not because Hannibal is the star of the show, but I like the way the show is stylized, I like most of the characters, and Mads' performance as Hannibal is wonderful. I hope it gets at least a second year, just to see how he plays a more desperate, vunerable Hannibal rather then one in absolute control.

      Of course, being a Bryan Fuller show, we should be thankful for whichever episodes we get before it is cancelled. It doesn't help any that Spader's Blacklist is very much Silence of the Lambs influenced.

  2. Visually, I think, it's stunning. Hannibal's office alone is such an interesting set. The crime scenes have had this bizarre mix of gore and beauty or, at least, artistry, much like the meals Hannibal creates. Even Freddie the reporter's hair is just too perfectly curled and red to not be meant to be visually arresting. As you say: "Of course, being a Bryan Fuller show," this attention to the visual aspect shouldn't be a surprise.

    Mads is a perfect fit. He's been so intelligent, controlled and proper thus far (which we know he would be), I can't wait for the moment where we see him murderous (which we know he can be), perhaps slashing with focused glee with a scalpel as Anthony Hopkins did.

    If you look at "Silence of the Lambs," I think it should be noted that Anthony Hopkins was not the star of that movie either. He doesn't get the most screen time, but because his performance was so masterful, commanding and memorable, we remember his part as larger than it was. This changed a bit in the sequel films and perhaps it will change somewhat if Hannibal the show continues.

    I’m happily surprised Laurence Fishburn has as large a role as he does. Whatever happens, I will be grateful for however many seasons/episodes we get to see.

    1. Oh, I agree, and I've written somewhere around here about how making Hannibal the focus of the series was a mistake (same is true of Darth Vader in Star Wars). By having Hannibal be almost the audience surrogate, coming in late, commenting on but rarely participating in the cases, it endears him to the viewer. And then he murders someone and eats their lung, and that completely throws you off balance.

      When the show was first announced, Fishburn was listed as a recurring guest star. For much of the pilot, he was the most interesting character, and I'm so glad they've locked in full time.

      Collider had a good interview with Bryan Fuller today ( about putting the show together, and about how they have a solid four year plan for the show. I think it helps that they know exactly where they are going, and are able to make very deliberate moves in that directions. A lot more shows would benefit from that kind of focus. It also helps that NBC has no control over the decision making at all, and that it's just the show up in Toronto doing its own thing. It's as close to a cable series on network as there is, and every week I find myself asking, "How is this on NBC and not FX or Showtime?"

      That, and last week's Pushing Daisies cameo didn't hurt. More of those, please.

  3. I had a discussion with a coworker just the other day about how a show like The Following bums me out because it seems clear to me they don't have a long view planned out for it (or good writing). She disagreed and said I'm too picky, but I don't think watching these crack FBI agents getting bested week in and week out by a group of emo kids led by a charming serial killer/hack writer will be watchable for very far into the 2nd season.

    Personally I'm hoping for more Hannibal cameos from the "Balls of Fury" cast. Actually, I didn't pick out that that was Ellen Greene in this past episode. I was watching and thinking, Something familiar about her... Your comment above made me go look it up. I did read somewhere that Ellen Muth may pop up in an episode this season.

    At any rate, your blog is where I got most of my Hannibal news leading up to its premiere. I find myself agreeing with your opinions regarding most of the stuff you write about, but the lower case Ns in the Star Trek posters don't bother me.

    I may not comment often, but I'm reading and really enjoying your blog.

    1. According to Fuller, if they get a second season pick up, Lee Pace and Kristin Chenoweth are all but locked for guest spots (Pace was meant to be in season one, but had to back out), and his goal is to get all the Pushing Daisies cast on the show in some way.

      I had originally meant to review Hannibal weekly, as well as Defiance, but there are only so many shows I can watch with a reviewer's eye, and I really wanted to do Continuum, so some things fall to the side (Collider has been doing decent Hannibal recaps I will do a season review once it finishes up, and if season 2 happens, there will absolutely be reviews.

      Thanks for reading.