When it happens, it’s short and quick, and relatively painless. What am I talking about? The studio ax. The ax fell upon ABC’s “Lucky 7” after only two episodes, the first of many to fall of the new fall season shows.
“Lucky 7” was the lowest rated drama debut this season and lost half of those viewers with its second episode. As I had said in my fall preview rundown, the show held no interest for me. None of the characters were really likeable and no one cared what happened to these people.
As far as the next to get the ax? I imagine “Dads” will get to the chopping block soon. Critics panned it, the laugh track is horrible, and the Asian stereotype they keep pushing on Brenda Strong borders, if not crosses, the line of offensive.
With Seth MacFarlane at the helm, it might hold out for a few more episodes, but it certainly won’t get renewed. “We Are Men” will probably feel the swing of the ax before “Dads.” When are studio execs going to learn – it’s the women who really control the remote!
Oddly, “Brooklyn-Nine-Nine” is actually doing well despite that terrible pilot. I’ll have to give this one another go. I love Andre Braugher, and Andy Samberg does make me laugh in some instances so I’m hoping the show is similar to “30 Rock” in its beginning with their growing pains. Remember, the first half of Season 1 of “30 Rock” was bad, barely laughable, but they found their voice and Fey had the confidence of NBC behind her so they let the show continue and lucky for them (and for us) it became a hit. I mean, The Rural Juror, will live on in infamy, don’t you think?
From what I’ve been reading, “Betrayal” hasn’t been doing too well, but I really enjoyed this show. The chemistry between the two leads is palpable, in my opinion, and the underlying story with the brother and murder keep the intrigue going. Maybe ABC needs to go more campy and soap opera-y with this and make it like “Dynasty.” I loved that show back in the 80s!
Despite a strong cast, “Hostages” hasn’t really kept its audience captive, losing viewers with each airing. Dylan McDermott might be too good looking to be a bad guy. A good bad guy is plain looking, non-distinct, that’s why people can’t remember specifics about them after a crime. Even with a mask on, McDermott has those Caribbean blue eyes, who could forget those?
What new shows have you watched? Who do you think will make the cut? Who won’t?