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Renewals and Cancellations
I've been thinking a good bit about cancellation this spring, and wondering why shows either seem to be canceled too soon (Firefly, Continuum) or outstay their welcome (Dexter, Bones, Smallville). Is it a flaw in the balance of the television universe? There seem to be so few shows that end when they arguably are supposed to end -- Breaking Bad, Lost, Six Feet Under -- but they're the exception rather than the rule. Of course, we all know why. The suits don't care about art or aesthetics. They care about profit.
Unbelievably, The CW just renewed pretty much everything in their stable. "The CW handed out early renewals to 11 series, including The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, iZombie, Reign, Supernatural, and The 100, EW has learned." Honestly, I thought this season would be it for at least one of their long-running series. I appreciate that Supernatural appears impossible to kill, but I've been reviewing the show for eleven years! When will it end? Will it ever end?
ABC also recently renewed fifteen of their shows, including a couple that we cover here at Doux Reviews: Agents of SHIELD and Once Upon a Time. (The others are: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Black-ish, Quantico, The Goldbergs, Fresh Off the Boat, The Middle, Modern Family, Shark Tank, The Bachelor, Dancing With The Stars, America's Funniest Home Videos). We're still waiting to hear about the fate of Agent Carter, Castle, and The Muppets. (And Nashville, Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, American Crime, Galavant).
What do you guys think? What shows have outstayed their welcome?
Just like the way the suits continue to renew shows that should have come to a merciful conclusion, the revivals have gotten thick on the ground lately.
Prison Break will be returning with a nine episode revival with stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, and Sarah Wayne Callies. I'm actually on board with this one, since it gives them the opportunity to fix the not-so-great final season.
Maybe that should be the criteria, the real need for a revival: fixing a bad ending, like the Veronica Mars movie. Because The X-Files revival that everyone was looking forward to with stars in their eyes turned out to be less enjoyable than expected. And I'll admit that I've been ignoring all of the 24: Legacy casting news. Will it ever be the same without Kiefer Sutherland?
The latest revival fever has also struck The Tick. While creator Ben Edlund is on board, none of the original actors will return. And I'm assuming you have to have Amazon Prime. A lot of people loved The Tick. I'm personally fond of Ben Edlund. Planning on dropping Amazon Prime.
Assorted tidbits and trailers
Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie, stars of Gotham, became the parents of a baby girl named Frances on March 2.
Freeform's Switched at Birth was just canceled. Its fifth season of ten episodes will be its last.
Matthew Goode (The Good Wife, Downton Abbey) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) are starring in their own reality series, The Wine Show, on ITV this spring. Honestly, I care nothing about wine, but I could watch these two guys do pretty much anything together (I mean that in a totally innocent way). Interestingly, the two Matthews sound almost exactly alike. What's with that?
Captain America: Civil War trailer! The big deal about this particular trailer is that there's a moment of Spider-man at the very end.
The much-awaited sixth season of Game of Thrones returns April 24, 2016, and of course, we'll be there.
This week in cats
If you're a cat lover and you're looking for your dream job (and you live in "Manchester, England England, across the Atlantic sea", and points if you know where that phrase comes from), Cat Cafe Manchester is searching for a cat nanny.
According to the article on Refinery 29, the cat nanny will be responsible for: "taking care of feeding and playtime, as well managing the education (training) and hygiene (clean-up and litter boxes) of the cats. The cat nannies will also encourage customers to engage with the cats and develop games to keep the kitties active and occupied."
A job where you are tasked with developing games for cats. What sort of degree would that require?
Billie Doux loves good television, especially if it's science fiction. She also loves cats. Which she is certain does not surprise you.