by Billie Doux
We're in the middle of finale month, and the networks just had a renewal-palooza. Well, ABC did, anyway. (Here is ChrisB's updated Renewals and Cancellations post. She's been diligent about keeping it updated.)
Nearly everything we cover appears to have been renewed -- including Agent Carter, a terrific show with not-so-good ratings that I had pretty much assumed was toast. I shouldn't have underestimated the power of Peggy Carter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The only (fall/spring) show we review whose fate is still unknown is Person of Interest, and I am getting the feeling that Team Machine might be going down for the count. CBS should catch up with the rest of the television world and make their final decrees known next week.
The list of new fall shows is already so long that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'm finding myself the most interested in Legends of Tomorrow, the Flash/Arrow spinoff that is apparently going to be a lot more than just a new action series centered around a superhero. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) And the cast of heroes and villains (Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill, Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell) just makes me want to take on reviewing it, sight unseen.
Cordon, the new Julie Plec show described in the same article, also draws my attention because it's Julie Plec and I'm a Vampire Diaries fan. The synopsis does sound a bit Walking Dead-like; I hope it's not. And Supergirl. Hmm. As someone who reviewed ten seasons of Smallville, the last few against my will, I want to be excited by a major network doing Supergirl, but I'm worried that they won't be able to pull it off. Why? Because it's a major network. Major networks often have difficulty with the creativity thing when it comes to science fiction and fantasy. They try to play it too safe and end up making a boring property. I shouldn't project so much, though. It could be good.
Some other general entertainment news
--- Stephen Colbert did something wonderful: he funded every single teacher requesting a grant in the state of South Carolina. Bravo. (Love the beard.)
-- Morgan and Wong are returning for the X-Files revival!
-- There was a rumor awhile back that the powers that be were discussing a new Star Trek series for television. False rumor, as it turns out. No such luck.
-- Orlando Jones won't be returning for season three of Sleepy Hollow! No John Noble, no Katia Winter -- who does that leave? Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood, and that's it? Let me guess. Back to the drawing board?
A love letter
This past week, Joss Whedon left Twitter as well as pretty much the internet after being attacked nearly non-stop with criticism about Avengers 2 and particularly the portrayal of Black Widow. (If you haven't been reading about it, here are a couple of articles: here and here.)
Whedon said he left because of the "noise", and because he wants to just be able to write in peace. He posted: "Fandom is about enjoying the things you love and critiquing them and sharing them with your friends. It's not about hate." I couldn't agree more. It's the reason this site exists, the reason why we try to focus on the positive, about what we love. My pen name is Billie Doux because a 'billet-doux' is a love letter. We write love letters.
So here is a love letter.
Dear Joss Whedon:
The internet is fucking nuts. You know this. Just ignore it. We still love you.
The Agents of D.O.U.X.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.