This week the major networks held their 2016 upfronts. This is where the networks announce their fall lineups and it’s usually the first chance to build some excitement around their new shows. For more information on what the upfronts are and how they work you can read the Wikipedia page (#snore) or watch the second episode “Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts” of the oft-overlooked HBO show The Comeback.
- This year the general pessimism on the success rate for these shows seems to be at an all time high. Perhaps ABC’s decision to announce all the shows they’re cancelling (we see you Agent Carter, Castle, Galavant, The Muppets, and Nashville) days before the upfronts wasn’t the best idea.
- The president of ABC commented on cancelling Nashville and Castle, but honestly the answer is such boring network-speak that I almost didn’t bother including the link. Click if you want, but don’t expect much.
- Other shows that were cancelled recently include CSI: Cyber (Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek and the Oscar winning Patricia Arquette just weren’t enough), Rush Hour (which I guess was a television show?), The Grinder and Grandfathered (so long hunky older Rob Lowe and hunky older John Stamos), Game of Silence (which I’m going to guess was a very boring version of Game of Thrones), and The Mysteries of Laura (someday that Debra Messing will get her big break…)
Ok but on to more uplifting things! Lots of new shows were announced this week and just maybe some of them will even last more than a whole season: