It’s house-cleaning time for the major networks as the cancellation ax falls in order to make for new additions in the fall.
Some shows such as NBC’s “State of Affairs” and “Constantine,” have been off the air so long it feels like they were cancelled long ago. But the formal notice falls just as hard even when if it is long expected.
Among the big four networks, NBC got out the largest broom on Friday, a sign of the struggle it had this year with new series. “Marry Me,” “About a Boy,” “Omne Big Happy” joined earlier casualties “A to Z” and “Bad Judge.”
On the drama side, “Constantine” and Katherine Heigl’s comeback vehicle, “State of Affairs” were formally terminated, as was “Allegiance” earlier in the year. The bell is also expected to ring soon for another drama, “American Odyssey.”
NBC was in the same boat that ABC was last year when it scrapped “Suburgatory,” critical darling “Trophy Wife” and a slew of other weak performers.
However, nowadays there are many more options for relocating TV shows if they still have a pulse with some core demo. And now that creatives have easy access to converse with fans via social media, “save this show” efforts can spread like wildfire.
There was instant chatter about “Constantine,” based on the DC Comics “Hellblazer” property, relocating to another network.
Fox’s “The Following” is rumored to be making the digital rounds, but speculation about Hulu making a play is off base, say sources. The Kevin Bacon starrer came out strong in its first season in 2013, but faded fast in season two and never recovered.
Source: Variety | Cynthia Littleton