We Are Now Taking Your Upfronts and Finale Questions for the TV.com Mailbag

By Cory Barker

May 16, 2014

Happy Upfronts, friends! I hope you're surviving spring's annual glut of series orders, renewals, and cancellations. Personally, I'm thrilled about more Hannibal, less jazzed about Trophy Wife getting the axe. But as we all know, the TV gods giveth, and they so, so often taketh away. 

With so many things happening in the industry, as well as onscreen as we work our way through all those season finales, we figured it'd be a great time to field your questions, comments, and cool ideas for a hashtag campaign that will convince Amazon to save Super Fun Night for the next edition of the TV.com Mailbag. There are a number of ways to get your queries to us: You can send 'em via email (tvdotcom.mailbag@gmail.com), you can leave them here in the comments, you can tweet at me (@corybarker), or you can tweet the official TV.com account (@tvdotcom). As always, we're open to just about anything regarding TV: specific industry Qs, complaints about a storyline on your favorite show, what have you. It's all on the table. Let's hear it, party people!


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  • No1Slayerette May 22, 2014

    This is a quote from your 8 Lessons We Learned from the 2013-2014 Season:

    'This glut of additional original programming is going to have a substantial impact on the industry. Not only is it already harder for the broadcast networks to compete for viewers and talent, but there's also a chance that the TNTs and the Amazons of the world will buy less syndicated (or library) content. Why spend millions of dollars on Castle reruns when you can try to pump out your own Castle rip-off?'

    My question is, do you see this occurrence as a good or a bad thing? On the one hand, more original content, on the other hand, as is mentioned it result in the industries' talent being left very thin... And you mentioned it could lead to less syndication, which is an astonishing idea. What would that mean for network series in general?

  • iccaruz May 20, 2014

    too many quetions no answers. Ohhh well.

  • Mar-Q May 19, 2014

    What would be the most feasible/ideal option for getting Netflix's attention, in regards to picking up/saving a show? Revolution! Anyone...?

  • iccaruz May 20, 2014

    nope. no help from here.

  • LexieS17 May 19, 2014

    How do you feel about the cancellation of The Tomorrow People and Almost Human. I think both should have gotten another season. They each had some problems but both had potential if those issues could have gotten worked out.

    Why do you think Dracula was cancelled? I think it had some potential and I think their big mistake was casting an actor with a gorgeous Irish accent then making him voice as an American, had then let JRM use his natural voice we might have gotten another season.

    I'm very sad about the cancellation of Mind Games, I definitely think we had something that could have been good there.

    WHY THE F*CK IS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST STILL ALIVE???!!!!

  • TracyTrouble May 19, 2014

    Very miffed about both - particularly Almost Human. That show barely had a chance to show what is was worth. I think the viewing figures as a reason to ditch a show needs to be dumped; they need to look at fan feedback and reception - that way word of mouth is more likely to keep a show going.

  • DanNguyen4 May 19, 2014

    Do you believe networks should base their renewal/cancellation decisions based on reviews and potentiality instead of ratings? I believe this year proved that great plots and story lines will still end on the chopping block. Intelligence, Almost Human, The Crazy Ones, FWBL, Believe are just a few that have received favorable reviews but their ratings took a toll. Do you believe networks should be more cautious about which time-slot they place a show in? Should a new mid-season show take the place of another new show that failed at that time-slot (Intelligence replacing Hostages)? What is your take on CBS becoming America's Spin-off Network? :)

  • sroberts461 May 18, 2014

    Is Siberia getting a second season?

  • graindesable May 17, 2014

    Why can't non american actor/actress keep their native accent ? For exemple British or australian actors...
    May we have more miniseries ? The quality of those is usually superior. Or shorter season of 13 episodes like Sleepy Hollow, The Wire ....
    Why aren't there more sci fi space opera shows like Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica ? On that matter, why couldn't we make a Star Trek show again ? A remake of this, with better CGI and the modern way of making shows would be great.
    Thanks !

  • DrSpongejr May 16, 2014

    Why do TV networks have such poor judgment in selecting new shows that will obviously fail--shouldn't they know better by now? Why do they cancel a moderately rated show even if the ratings are still decent and there is a committed fanbase? Why don't more cable networks pick up cancelled television series with so many of them available?

  • MarlboroMagpi May 14, 2014

    When network sell a TV show to a foreign TV broadcaster overseas, are they committed to give them the full series? I mean shows like Lucky 7 and Crisis are cancelled on US TV, will it be cancelled too overseas? I remembered they show 666 in Spain last year even when ABC cancelled it.

  • tvrev May 14, 2014

    What the secret behind some show success while other show fail ? Grey's Anatomy is in 10th season but other hospital drama Trauma which i loved get canned. is it down ratings only or is there any other factors .