Saturday, June 16, 2018

2018 Summer Cancellation Predictions

Here’s another part of a thing that I do from time to time. While I will get to the planned cancellation predictions in the future, I thought that I would do a sort of spin-off post of it. This will be more of a condensed thing than you’ve seen with other posts. But let’s get to my predictions of what will be done with and cancelled or otherwise not coming back this upcoming summer season.

Let’s start by picking again anything that I already picked in the main post that still could be cancelled in the end. The Bachelorette was one of them. Match Game is another. Bachelor in Paradise could be a good choice as well, although that will fall into another category. Reverie was another one mentioned in the last post and though it looks good, a lot of great science fiction shows never last. Only I might never know if the show is good or not. Making it, originally named something else, was on the last list too. And I will include The Awesome Show, even though it no longer seems to be moving forward anyways. 48 Hours: NCIS fits the mold as well.

Changed predictions: I originally had To Tell the Truth as a safe prediction. I’m going to change that now to something that I think will be cancelled. You see, it was originally going to be part of the fall season back in 2017. This didn’t happen. And it is not often when a delayed show has stuck around long term. I can think of only one example of a main season show that fits that mold.

As for newly announced shows that I don’t think will last, Phenoms doesn’t seem like it will stay around. I don’t know whether or not My Last Days is new or not (it might be returning somehow, but I still think that it won’t be lasting much longer than the early summer. TKO seems likely to only last this season and like other shows, won’t even be cancelled officially.

Burden of Truth might suffer the same fate as last season’s Hooten and The Lady. That means that it is a foreign show not up to good ratings in our country similar to how bad ratings here normally don’t mean a reversal compared to good ratings of the same shows internationally. I don’t have high hopes for The Outpost, even though it might be cool. I don’t think that The Last Defense will last much longer either. I don’t have high hopes for The Proposal. And Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back might go the way of a lot of his other summer shows.

Returning shows predictions: Salvation just doesn’t seem like it will last. The promo for this newer season makes me wonder how long it takes for a meteor to strike the earth. I don’t think that either The Gong Show or Marlon will last much longer. I also don’t have high hopes for Love Connection. I’m also going to put Midnight, Texas on this list, although I’m not sure if we will see it this season or not. While I’m pretty sure that it is over, I’m not 100% sure that Trial and Error is ending. Still, I’m putting it on this list of mine.

Cancelled via not returning from previous seasons: It is at this point that I might as well do a round-up of all of the shows that aired last summer that don’t appear to be coming back at all. Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly does not appear to be coming back. Neither does CBSN: On Assignment or Superhuman. Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge seems to have no future. Somewhere Between is more than likely over, although this one might be official. Surprisingly, it seems that Hollywood Game Night is now a thing of the past. The F Word is over, it seems. Boy Band and Battle of the Network Stars are both over as well. Candy Crush has no future. And that might be it, unless I’m missing something.

Freebies: This next list will include shows already cancelled or already renewed. First, I’ll go through a roundup of all the shows either on or that will be on their official final season. Shades of Blue is ending. Code Black is ending. Quantico is ending. Living Biblically is coming back to burn off the rest of what still hasn’t aired before. The same applies to Me, Myself, and I. Taken is burning off the rest of its episodes as well. The Originals will be ending soon. Once they are all over, the shows will never air or make new episodes again. As for what of the summer shows are staying around, Elementary will be back next season. The 100 will return as well.

Safe predictions: Here, I will just list all of the shows that I think will stick around for the future. They are Masters of Illusion, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Big Brother, The Four: The Battle for Stardom, Little Big Shots, and Primetime: What Would You Do? As for others that will probably last, they should be Take Two, World of Dance, America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, MasterChef, Beat Shazam, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, and Whose Line is it Anyways? Also likely to keep lasting is So You Think You Can Dance?

Man, that took longer to write than I had wanted it to. But I am done with this post as of this finishing of this writing of this paragraph. There’s not much else to say except that I hope to be back with all of the normal posts as usual when you expect them.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Regular Series versus Limited Run Series versus Miniseries

When one wants to look at TV in general, they need to know some of how the changes are between one show and another. A lot of shows are what would be considered a regular series. But that’s not the only type of show that it exists. There’s also a limited run series which seems similar in some ways, but has a key difference that I’ll explain more about later. Yet another different thing is a miniseries. I might as well explain the differences between all of them since there are enough of them and not everyone is aware of them. Not all shows are the same.

The regular series should, in theory, be the most normal of all of them. They normally always have a full season of 22 episode or at least 18. They would never have as low as 13 episodes under most normal circumstances unless they are just starting out or they are at midseason. If a new show doesn’t get an order for more episodes, it will probably not last. A regular series is more likely to have episodes airing all year round and airing reruns during the summer.

A limited run series can, does, and will often have multiple seasons. But they do this with less episodes than a regular series and doesn’t need any backorders to keep lasting. You wouldn’t always know what is and isn’t a limited run series except that it is less likely to air all year round. Now that can affect the regular series too. These are just always going to have shorter seasons and never have full ones in most cases. As for if they can ever change to a regular series, I don’t know enough about them to know for sure what might be different, outside of them having less episodes.

A miniseries is different than all of them as it tends to air at weird times and then is never seen again. The main thing about this is that it is a guaranteed short term plan and will not be back no matter what. They will air the shortened time that they will and then they will never be seen again. This is the main thing that separates them from a limited run series. Sometimes they will air in a normal timeslot for a while. Other times, they will air in place of various regularly airing shows for the brief time that they are on. But they will never be back for another season.

There’s not much else to add for this post. Sometimes you think that other people might know what is and isn’t different in television, but other times, they won’t know all that you know. I might need to do a post into what a showrunner is (if I haven’t already), even though you’d think that the name would imply what it really is. But that can be or already is another post.

Friday, June 8, 2018

My Planned Viewing Habits: Summer of 2018

There's not much to add to this introduction other than that this post isn't on a Saturday. You might wonder why that would be. Well, I'm going to do random days in addition to Saturdays. In case I ever miss it, then I'll let you know. And if I'm starting a new day for regular updates, I'll let you know. Now, back to the regular post from here.

Well, I’m sorry that this is later than it should be. I just hope that I can write nearly everything that I want to and I might be adding a lot of new things for the summer posts that I want to do. I don’t know what else I could wind up missing, but the usual things should happen in terms of posting.

One of the things that has changed since the last summer is that I’m working late a lot of the time. But I might have free time every night except Tuesdays and Thursdays. So you might as well not even wonder if I don’t mention much, if any, programming on those nights during the summer. I might make only one exception, although I can record things for later. I’ll mention all of the shows I want to watch and we’ll see what, if any, of them happen.

One thing that I don’t always mention are the shows from last season that I’m not watching again if I ever gave them a chance. For one, I’m not watching 48 Hours: NCIS again due to me not liking true crime shows. As for the summer shows that I didn’t like last season, those are Battle of the Network Stars and The Gong Show. Needless to say, I won’t be watching either of those again. I didn’t like Love Connection either. Those are all I can think of.

Normally during the summer schedule, I only watch one show at a time. I might end up breaking that rule this season. I don’t know for sure if I will or not. But I might see other shows at the same time at least once during the summer. Still, I’ll try to only stick with one of them or maybe switch back and forth between them. During the last season, I watched three things at one timeslot.

I still don’t know the fate of some of the summer shows from last season. I would watch American Grit, but it does not appear to be coming back. Candy Crush is probably not coming back, although I would watch it if it was. Superhuman doesn’t appear to be returning either. I don’t know what happened to Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. And CBSN: On Assignment doesn’t appear to be coming back either.

Some of the shows are affected by spillover into the main season, meaning that they started in April or just a bit later and can be claimed as a summer show at least until it ends. Supergirl is like that this time around. Elementary is also a show like that. Quantico and Code Black are like that as well. Life Sentence fell into that category as well. The Crossing fits this phenomena as it is ending later than the rest of the normal shows. Instinct also applies. And Ransom technically counts for it as well.

What I will want to do is make sure that I tune into the final seasons of any shows that I still care about if I can still watch them. I do want to see Shades of Blue. But that leads to a problem. Typically, I do not get NBC during the summer due to reception problems. If that ends up being the case, then I would only really see the last episode online. I also have reception problems with ABC from time to time and the summer is often one of those more problematic times.

You might be wondering if there are any shows with unaired episodes that I might care about this time around. If there is a burnout of the rest of Me, Myself, and I, then I would watch it. Ghosted is a show that more than likely fits that profile as well so I will watch it if and when I can.

What are all the old shows that I plan on watching again? Well, I should see To Tell the Truth, Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, Salvation, Match Game, and Primetime: What Would You Do? I don’t think that I’ll be able to watch much of Whose Line is it Anyways?

There aren’t that many new summer shows that I will end up seeing. I will tune into all of the new CW shows. I’ll see My Last Days, The Outpost, and Burden of Truth. I’ll tune into the new CBS show called TKO: Total Knock Out. As for any other new summer shows, they might be starting too late for me to even know about them yet.

In closing, there’s not much else to say except that I don’t know what could happen in the future with the potential schedule changes. Other new shows could start that I’ll want to see and other shows may not last long enough for me to care. What I do know is that I will only be watching something once to see if I like it before I decide to keep watching it or not.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Cautionary Tale

How do you get a highly rated show cancelled? Go on a twitter rant. Throughout this day and age, I’m still amazed that people will continue to do stupid things regarding social media. But that’s going to keep happening over and over again, isn’t it? I might as well post a good educational post in this blog of mine about how not to be an idiot online and why you should always be careful with what you say and do anywhere. Do you want to get fired?

This post will largely go over one example, but it applies in a lot of cases. Basically, there was this show called Roseanne that was popular for some odd reason. A lot of things happened here that I don’t really understand, get, or even care about. After the show ended, it was rebooted filling promos with slightly annoying music and a really annoying laugh. It got extremely high ratings and was instantly renewed. What could go wrong?

Well, political parts of the show and political leanings of the main star made things a bit iffy. Then, there was a least one tweet that caused ABC to cancel their highest rated show. It was deemed racist and problems didn’t stop there. First she double downed on the statement before deleting the tweet but not before it was widely spread among people. She apologized, but not for the tweet. She was upset that all of her co-workers were out of a job. And while she might have been sorry for the tweet, she was soon back to her old ways tweeting random crap again.

Of course, it is not without controversy on the other side too. It seems that Roseanne suffers from some mental problems and thinks that a medicine she was on could have lead to this rant. It could be like how the sign language interrupter at the Nelson Mandela memorial who wasn’t using any real sign language was suffering from the effects of schizophrenia. However, people aren’t buying that it could because of this medicine that it happened. It could have been other mental problems that this happened. Or it could just be a person refusing to own their mistake.

People think that this could just be a double standard between how Republicans and Democrats are treated. I don’t buy that. Ask Anthony Wiener if a Democrat has never suffered because of posting what they shouldn’t online. But I’d rather not get into political things in this blog. I have another blog for that. But they might have a point about people who might not suffer from the same fate because of the same thing. But look at all these sexual harassment scandals. Things have to be treated differently each time they happen because it always is a different response for each different controversy.

I might be losing my point here, although I’m not sure that I have a point here anyways. Maybe it is that people have said and will continue to say dumb things online and may or may not suffer because of it. It is hard to tell for sure in each different event what will or could happen. But I have the feeling that this will not be a lesson that people learn. It is like how a former junkie could die from an overdose. I have posted dumb things online. I may continue to do that. I haven’t done anything that’s gotten me fired from anything. It could happen, but I hope that it doesn’t.

Something that remains to be seen is if the decision to cancel the show will be reversed and they will end up going forward with a new season of the show after all. But would that be against the principle of what the things mean? Unlike what the NFL might think, there are more important things than ratings. You can’t change policy just to fit what you want it to mean. It is hard to tell what to do.

If there’s a point to this whole blog post, it’s this: Always be careful what you say and do online. You don’t want to become the next in a set of cautionary tales against why you can’t just say any terrible thing and expect to be okay with it. Your one tweet can cause hundreds of people to lose their jobs. It may just cause you to lose one: your own. But you don’t want Mister T’s catchphrase to apply to you. Others’ mistakes can teach you what not to do.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Interesting Scheduling Notes: 2018 Version

I’ll never know when I’ll be stretched for time and needing to make a quick post of some sort in the future. What I do know is that some of what I do could be the start of a new, annual tradition of posts that I do. I might do a lot of them. Then again, I might not have time. But what I do want to make sure that I write at least three of these posts for the future any time I need them. Here is one that I thought of. What can we make note of in the future regarding the recently announced schedules of networks? Well, I thought that I would do a quick rundown.

NBC is putting all of the Chicago franchise on Wednesday. Seems like an odd thing to do. CBS has never put all of the CSI or NCIS shows on one day of the week. Why would they do such a thing? Does this make sense to people?

First, FOX cancelled American Idol. Then ABC rebooted it after it was gone a whole season. In a sort of alternating fashion, ABC cancelled Last Man Standing. Only now FOX is bringing it back after it was gone for a season. Will this continue? Will it continue with shows that I don’t like? Will The Mick or Lucifer be brought back for the 2019-2020 TV season?

While Scorpion’s cancellation makes no sense, the warning signs were there. They never aired reruns of it, which is unusual for a CBS show that they care about. They also pulled it from the schedule before May sweeps happened. While that actually isn’t unusual as it has happened before, you do have to wonder what else happened with the show that caused it to end.

With the CW airing shows on Sundays again, will anyone care enough to watch it? It has been nearly 10 years since they last aired any primetime programming on Sundays. This makes me wonder if the shows there will suffer from bad ratings or not.

Speaking of Sundays, it seems that ABC has forever changed what airs then. They must know that all of their dramas keep getting cancelled that air on that day. It makes you wonder why they ever got rid of Desperate Housewives or Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Those were much watch things that aired on those days. With American Idol being a success then, they must be beginning to change how they do things. If you keep failing, maybe you’ll try something else.

I’ll admit: this wasn’t much of a post. But I do think that I could talk about something with each network going into the season at hand. I mean, I already do this with CBS and the CW. You will see them in the future as soon as I’m able to write them. I hope to have more time this summer to write and do other things that I want to. But I’ll also be busy at some points as well. Remember that random posts could happen at any time and Saturday posts could stop with or without warning. If I move this blog to a new day of the week, I’ll let you know.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sliver Globes Award Winners 2017

I did the nominees of this earlier. I’m now getting to the winners in this post. I will also be mentioning the nominees for best show on television relating to the year of 2017. I hope that you like this post and am glad that I could do it now instead of sharing a drinking game instead. I don’t like sharing those and will try to avoid them in the future. You may never see those again. It all depends on what I can write and when. I hope to have a lot more written in the future. As usual, the best show on television winner will come sometime later. For now, enjoy my thoughts on what the best of TV was last season.

Main awards

Best new show: The Good Doctor

Best one season show: Time after Time

Best cancelled or ending show: Time after Time

Most screwed show: Powerless

Best theme song: Hooten & the Lady

Best idea for a show: The Good Doctor

Best series premiere: Time after Time

Best series finale: Bones

Best cliffhanger ending: The Good Place

Best cliffhanger resolution: NCIS

Best cast: Bones

Best writers: 10 Days in the Valley

Best editing: The Good Doctor

Most interesting show: Time after Time

Best music in a show: Riverdale

Time well spent award: Inhumans

Most memorable: Time after Time

Most underrated TV show: Inhumans

Best retooling of a show: NCIS: Los Angeles

Shouldn’t have been cancelled award: Time after Time

Why was it a midseason replacement award: Time after Time

Best comedy-drama: Hooten & the Lady

Groundbreaking show: The Good Doctor

Best news show: CBSN: On Assignment

Best comedy: The Good Place

Best drama: Time after Time

Best PBS special: Celtic Woman: Homecoming

Best show on CBS: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Best show on ABC: Time after Time

Best show on the CW: Hooten & the Lady

Best show on NBC: The Good Place

Best show on FOX: The Gifted

Best show on any other network: Nashville

Best syndicated show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Best show on television nominees: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Time after Time, Hooten & the Lady, The Good Place, The Gifted, Nashville, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Other Section

Best villain: Prometheus on Arrow

Best hero: Dr. Shawn Murphy from The Good Doctor

Best bromance: Howard and Raj from The Big Bang Theory

Best anti-hero: The lead of Shades of Blue

Best facial expressions: Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live

Best badass: Fitz from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Best shocking moment: It’s actually the bad place from The Good Place

The dearly departed award: Jim Nabors

Best story arc: The search for the child from 10 Days in the Valley

Best character transformation: Eleanor Shellstrop from The Good Place

Best new character: Dr. Shawn Murphy from The Good Doctor

Most underrated character: Phil “Tandy” Miller from The Last Man on Earth

Best original song: Running Home to You from The Flash

Best crossover event: Crisis on Earth X- Arrowverse

Favorite actor: Freddie Highmore

Favorite actress: Sara Rue

Best episode yet: Michael’s Gambit from The Good Place

Best episode this year: Michael’s Gambit from The Good Place

Best season yet award: Blindspot season 3

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Keeping an Eye out for Things

While I’m not sure that I can promise that I’ll never share a drinking game again, what I should do is work harder on coming up with some other type of post to share instead. It will have to have some sort of theme to it that relates to any and every unusual thing that happens on TV. Here are some examples of what to look out for.

Delays: Any time a show winds up airing later than at one point it was supposed to, the show is more or less going to end that season. It applies to one season shows too. The only season that I can think of that was delayed and wasn’t the last season was the fourth season of Community. Look at Taken when it aired this season. It was supposed to start during the fall, but didn’t start airing until the new season had begun. Now the show is officially cancelled.

No announced timeslot: This is a variant of the whole delay thing. The longer a show goes without a set time that it will air, the more likely it will end. What you’d think wouldn’t be concerning is if it suddenly shows back up in place of a cancelled show or show otherwise pulled from the schedule. That can make it dead at the end of the season as well. The longer that Shades of Blue went without a timeslot this season, the more I correctly thought that it would be cancelled later.

Hiatus: Sometimes these make sense and sometimes they don’t. Often, they will be so that another show will air in its place before it returns. Other times are more concerning. When Brooklyn Nine-Nine went on hiatus in the middle of the season, we had no idea for a while when it was coming back. It then took over the timeslot for Ghosted. With Ghosted on hiatus, you’d think that it would make sense that it doesn’t have a time to air. But the 6 to 6:30 FOX timeslot on Sundays keeps airing reruns of shows. This is a very bad sign for Ghosted, which you’d hope air the rest of its episodes in the future. I’d hope that it would, but I have no idea for sure if it will.

Late airtime: Yet another bad sign for a show is the when of a season starting. If a show ends before May starts, that can be bad. But what is normally a death sentence is when the season of a show starts in April or a bit later. You can guess that the show probably won’t last. If a show is suddenly a summer show when it never used to be, that’s a very bad sign. If a show is midseason when it used to be on during the fall all the time, that is a bad sign as well. Now there could be other reasons why there could be a change and later airtime. But more often than not, it is a bad sign.

Lack of reruns: This isn’t always a bad thing because there are some networks that normally don’t show reruns of any shows that often, if ever. But other networks, like CBS or the CW, do air reruns of shows a lot, except when they don’t. This doesn’t always mean that a show will be cancelled that season or the next season. But if they don’t show reruns of it and put something else in its place instead, then you know that they care less about it. On the flip side, any shows getting reruns outside of its timeslot in addition to what it normally gets is a show cared more about and more likely to stay around.

Bad time for new episodes: Here’s one that isn’t typically thought of that much. But there are a lot of times when new episodes of shows happen at dumb times like on Thanksgiving or New Year’s Day. Now this doesn’t mean that the show is in any danger. It could just be a lack of time for showing all of the new episodes that they want to. It may be an annoyance more than anything else. But I do think that often shows that air on bad dates are often cared about less.

Unusualness with breaking news: This one is so rare that it is hard to know how to justify explaining it. I don’t even know for sure one way or another what means what and this could be based more on what the networks do than what shows networks care more about than others. But there are different ways of handling show airing when breaking news happens. Sometimes, they will air everything and put the other shows on delay. Sometimes, they will cut out what they should have aired. If there is a special rerun of the new show, that’s not too bad. It isn’t that bad either if they put the whole thing online. But if they air it all, even with the interruptions, then you know that they care about it, even if those who put it on DVR won’t get it right.

And that’s about it for this post. I think that maybe when it works every now and then, I’ll do a randomly titled post that explains things to those who may not know as much as I do about some of the whole various nuances of scheduling and other things. What does x mean? Why is y happening? Does any of this make sense in any way? I guess that you’ll have to see in the future what I could mean.