Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bad TV Noir News

According to thefutoncritic.com, FOX has already announced some changes to its TV lineup for the fall, ahead of the network upfronts that are due next week. Among the shows that have been cancelled are HUMAN TARGET. Less than a year old, and with two short seasons under its belt, I was bemoaning the demise of this show when a revamped version came back in November. The first season was a nice 80's adventure show throwback, with a Chandler-inspired "man of mystery" at its heart. Also cancelled, with two episodes yet to air, is THE CHICAGO CODE. While not a noir, this show was developed by Shawn Ryan, the man behind the best TV noir of all time, THE SHIELD. I'll watch whatever Shawn does, including his producing efforts on the criminally under-seen TERRIERS. CODE had started to find its stride, emphasizing the duality of the undercover work in the series, so it's sad to see it go. It's very possible I may not pick up any new (non FX) shows this year. I find it may be easier to go back and watch them on DVD...

3 comments:

Charles Benoit said...

It's all part of the downward spiral caused by excessive cost-cutting plans. It costs millions per episode to shoot a scripted drama. It costs next to nothing to do a reality show. You get what you pay for. Expect even more of this in the months ahead. My bold prediction? House will meet the same fate.

Jared said...

Actually, it looks like the good doctor is going to be around for at least one more year:
http://thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/05/10/prognosis-good-for-house-as-hit-series-is-renewed-for-eighth-season-692503/20110510fox01/

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