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With the cancellations over, and the upfronts completed showing off the new series, it’s time to look over what happened at the networks this season.
A total of 37 shows met their end this season, making it the second biggest bloodbath since I started keeping track.
First Season Shows
Of the 37 shows canceled, 20 of them were brand new. What can we learn from this? New shows really did not speak to viewers this year. The public is becoming more discerning about what it sets aside time for, and the networks just keep putting up formulaic show after formulaic show. This upcoming season also looks to be filled with new shows that aren’t long for this world.
For clarification, these are shows of all ages, and not just first seasons, this also goes for the dramas and reality shows. Lets face it, comedies were a mess this year as they have been for a while. The networks seem completely incapable of discovering humor that will click with an audience and what won’t.
While pretty much every new comedy was cancelled, the dramas didn’t fare much better.
And this is the pay off: Reality shows are cheap to make. Don’t get fooled by million dollar prizes, they’re still insanely cheap to make when compared to a comedy, and even more so when compared to a drama. Despite declining ratings on these shows, they are absolute cash cows. All of that being said, Fox really needs to stay away from the formula. We’re looking at you Utopia!
Things are not going to be any easier this season. The crops of shows that are upcoming is a whole new slew of shows that just left me cold. There is nothing that is really standing out to me as a surefire hit, and that’s not a good thing. And with overall viewership of network television having dropped nine percent this season, the pool of potential viewers is dwindling. Every network needs a breakout hit.
The networks have got to look a bit deeper at how things are going and begin to realize it’s time for things to change. One thing to remember is that every time a show is cancelled, hundreds of people are put out of work. This isn’t some game, these are people’s livelihoods at stake.