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Oh.... the TV carnage...
[Random] TV Anti-Drug
tonihime
... so the cancellation axe has been swung, and a bunch of shows got cancelled. Most of them I don't care about -- I mean, come on ABC, I could have saved you time and money and told you that Malibu Country wasn't going to work out -- but we did lose Go On and Smash to executive stupidity. Honorable mentions to the The New Normal (will not be missed by me, but I know it had a following) and Up All Night (that was blessedly put to death after the network put it on hold to change the format and re-cast Christina - thank god I never had to watch the mangled corpse of THAT show).

Buuuuuuuuuuuuut... with all the causalities comes NEW PILOTS. It's the ciiiiiiiiiiiiircle of liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife!

Too early for teaser trailers obvs, but WetPaint posted about potential new shows. Let's see if there's anything worth maybe tuning into.

On ABC...
*Keep Calm and Karey On: A woman, "the clean-nosed black sheep" in a family of criminals, raises her incarcerated brother's children in addition to her adopted son. Starring Kelly Preston and Jane Seymour.

Well, I love shows about families of criminals (see my previous enjoyment of The Riches and Scoundrels). And I'm quite fond of Jane Seymour. This is labeled as a 'comedy', so assuming that it's not a multi-camera comedy with a goddamn live audience telling me when to laugh, it could have potential.

*The Returned: Deceased loved ones across the world inexplicably re-appear exactly as they were before they died. Starring Frances Fisher, Omar Epps, Kurtwood Smith, and Samaire Armstrong.

This sounds right up my weird alley. Plus, Omar Epps. Yes. I need some more of his goodness on my TV.

*SHIELD: The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division conducts their superhero-heavy covert operations in this Avengers spin-off. Starring Ming-Na.

If done right, this is a big yes. Because of reasons. * 3*

On CBS...
*The Crazy Ones: A father/daughter workplace comedy set in the world of advertising. Starring Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton, and James Wolk.

I'm almost not sure I should add this one to the list. Mentally, I can see this going in the horrible, un-funny direction of Shit My Dad Says or Back To You (I couldn't even get through the pilot because of fucking Josh Gad). On the flip side, ROBIN WILLIAMS. ROBIN. FUCKING. WILLIAMS. Okay, so he hasn't done anything I've enjoyed since Death to Smoochy in 2002... but a girl can dream of the televised amazingness that used to be Robin Williams in the 80s.

*Super Clyde: A meek, unassuming fast-food worker decides to become a super hero. Starring Rupert Grint, Stephen Fry, and Tyler Labine.

Civilian "superheroes"? YES. Rupert Grint AND Stephen Fry. FUCK YES. This show. I need it. Please.

*Second Sight: A gothic psychological thriller about a detective who has hallucinations caused by an autoimmune virus. Starring Jason Lee, Jill Scott, and Derek Luke.

So... like... Eli Stone with a detective... but slated as a drama... with Jason Lee. I could get into that. If it's done right.

On FOX...
*Rake: A criminal defense lawyer is brilliant in spite of — or perhaps because of — his unfiltered mouth and self-destructive personality. Starring Greg Kinnear. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Soooo... essentially if House was set in law instead of medicine? Eh. I'm on the fence. We'll see.

*Sleepy Hollow: A modern-day Ichabod Crane helps Sleepy Hollow’s sheriff fight evil in their small town. Starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. Picked up for the 2013-2014 season.

Because Sleepy Hollow in general is pretty awesome, this has potential to be pretty awesome. No clue who the hell the leads are though.

On NBC...
*Brenda Forever: This comedy tracks the same chracter as a 31-year-old woman and as a 13-year-old girl. Starring Ellie Kemper and David Krumholtz.

Been a while since I've seen Krumholtz in something. And well, seeing the juxtaposition between the 13-year-old version of somebody and the 31-year-old version of somebody could be funny.

On CW...
Haha. What you thought there would actually be something here? No. None of these sounded good to me. I guess Arrow and Cult (RIP) were flukes.

BUT HEY, TV NETWORKS...!



We don't need TV shows based off bad movies (looking at you CBS & NBC) or spin-offs OF spin-offs (Really, CBS?). We definitely don't need any show whose premise starts off "A human girl and an alien boy strike up an epic romance...", CW. Seriously. I stopped reading that paragraph right there. NO. And as much as it pains me to say this, NBC, even though I'd love to have Michael J Fox back... a comedy about himself... named after himself... where he plays himself... is just... why? T_T Yeah, I'm a probably going to hell for that opinion.

Anyways. We'll see, I guess. When Fall gets a little closer and the line-up is less abstract.
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