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Predicting 10 of the 2013-2014 TV Season's Biggest Headlines

Last fall around this time, I tried my best to guess the headlines that would dominate the 2012-2013 TV season. Looking back on that story now, the results were about as solid as you might expect. I assumed that Gossip Girl's final season would suck, but not to the fiery degree that it did. Similarly, although I predicted that Scandal had all the potential to break out in its second season, I couldn't have foreseen that it would become such a huge pop-culture phenomenon. However, as with anything, with more practice comes better work; my predictions of this season's big headlines will more accurate. I guarantee it.

These are the stories that I think we here at TV.com, and folks all over the internet, will be talking about.


"[Show X]'s Series Finale: How It Stuck the Landing"


APPLIES TO: How I Met Your MotherNikita

Unlike last year, there aren't too many shows that we already know are ending this season. I mean, Sean Saves the World is already over and just doesn't know it yet, but that's not the kind of ending I'm talking about. How I Met Your Mother is on tap to have the big conclusion of the spring, and while there's a lot of skepticism surrounding the show—and for good reason—I have this weird feeling that the final season is going to be really strong. Will it be worth nine years of getting jerked around? That, I'm not so sure about. But Ted and the Mother's initial moments together are bound to be something special. 

Nikita's back with a short-run send-off, and while that might not work for too many series, the six-episode order will give Maggie Q & company the chance to go full-bore into serialized, action-packed storytelling to wrap everything up. There won't be as much chatter about that ending, but it'll probably be even more successful and in-line with what the whole series managed to accomplish.


"What the Hell Was in the Kool-Aid During Last Spring's Pilot Season?" 


APPLIES TO: Back in the GameBetrayalLucky 7, We Are Men, Welcome to the FamilySuper Fun Night... nearly all of this season's new shows, basically

This season's freshman class leaves a lot to be desired. Although we can expect networks to be more patient than in recent years because ratings are always on the decline and there's not always a lot left on the shelf to replace the failures, by 2014, there's going to be a slew of new shows that are either officially dead or just waiting for the networks to mercy kill them by the time the Upfronts roll around. That means bad news for Lucky 7We Are MenBack in the GameWelcome to the FamilySean Saves the WorldBetrayal, and maybe even Ironside, The Blacklist, and Super Fun NightExpect there to be a lot of hand-wringing about the broadcast networks' ability to make good, popular shows in the contemporary industry environment. 


"[Show X]: It's Better Than You Think!" 


APPLIES TO: The Millers, Trophy WifeReign

With so few obvious candidates in the running for the Season's Best New Show, it's more likely that we'll see lots of stories bubbling up about possibly under-watched new series that are on the upswing. This one's especially likely to appear in the second half of the year, and probably more likely to happen to comedies (which often take a long time to get going) and CW shows (which most people don't watch). As a result, prepare yourself for the "Why You Should Be Watching Reign" piece, probably written by me, come President's Day. The idea that The CW just decided to make a show with "Game of Thrones, but for girls" in mind is awful and hilarious all at once, but it's exactly the kind of silly premise the network could find traction with. Identifying the comedies that might start slow before breaking out is a little harder, particularly with Enlisted bumped to the midseason, but The Millers and Trophy Wife are my picks. People will be down on the former because it's a CBS multi-camera and Greg Garcia's series start slow, but that's a great cast. Trophy Wife will struggle to overcome its supposedly ironic title (and we know how that goes for ABC sitcoms), but Malin Akerman is a born sitcom star. 


"Annnnnd [Show X]'s Wheels Have Completely Come Off" 


APPLIES TO: Nashville, RevengeThe Vampire Diaries

It's not a television season without a few shows diminishing in quality so quickly that it makes everyone wonder why how the heck they ever enjoyed them in the first place. We're all familiar with the concept of the sophomore slump, which is often where the big, surprising train wrecks come from each year. Unfortunately, last year didn't birth that many successful new shows, so identifying candidates for self-destruction is difficult now. Maybe we look to Arrow (raised expectations and bigger stories on a CW budget?) or The Mindy Project (had its moments in Season 1, but sometimes got dangerously close to ruining whatever groove it found), but Nashville is probably the best bet: creative issues, rumors about changing production locations, too big of a cast, and a generally disappointing ratings performance. What are the chances that it remains remotely solid throughout Season 2? 


But it almost doesn't matter that we can't count on sophomores to make all the mistakes, because it's easy to turn to some older shows that wobbled a bit in 2012-2013—and that's where the conversation gets interesting. Revenge is poised to be one of the more fascinating shows on the air this fall because it's just as likely to yield cries of "It's back!" as it is to claim the refrain of "This is so bad now." New showrunner or not, Revenge lost its mojo a long time ago, and I don't think it can totally regain it. The Vampire Diaries is teetering on the edge of mediocrity, and with Julie Plec's time split among a number of different projects, Season 5 could be the one in which the storylines get too convoluted, too fast and the character beats aren't even there. The same could be said for Glee, but of course that one is touchy, for obvious reasons. 


"[Show X]: Talk About a Turnaround!" 


APPLIES TO: Homeland, Revolution

And of course, it's also not a TV season without those shows that make that creative comeback (if not a ratings comeback). Like RevengeRevolution is just as likely to fall deeper into its creative nadir, but really, how much worse could it get, really? Creator Eric Kripke's been saying all the right things about what went wrong in Season 1, and his former writing bro Ben Edlund is joined the series to clean up some messes. You're telling me that you can't imagine Tim writing a "Hey, it's better!" review come November sweeps? 


Meanwhile, an understatement: Homeland wasn't as bad as Revolution last year. However, popular sentiment had turned against the show quite a bit by the end of Season 2, and now Brody's still alive but on the run, and the CIA has literally been blown up. There's no doubt that the Emmy-winning drama's third season will be something of a transition year, one that I think will end up being quieter and a little more contemplative. Ultimately, with somewhat lowered expectations, we'll come back around on Homeland by December. 


"Give [Underdog Actor X] All the Emmys" 


APPLIES TO: Daniel Gillies, Sophia Lowe, David Walton, Parker Young

We love to rally behind standout performers who probably don't have much of a real chance of actually garnering an Emmy nomination. See: Maslany, Tatiana and Johnson, Jake. This year, it'll be easy to point to Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on HBO's upcoming True Detective, or Michael J. Fox on his semi-autobiographical The Michael J. Fox Show, and think EMMY, but c'mon, where's the fun in that? Instead, I suspect there will be a lot of love for David Walton on About a Boy, Parker Young on Enlisted, Daniel Gillies on The Originals, and Sophie Lowe on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. They're all in a great position to break out with captivating performances, just as we're in a great position to be upset when they're (unsurprisingly) not nominated next July. 


"Let the [Show X] Backlash Begin" 


APPLIES TO: Community, New Girl

High expectations inevitably yield disappointment—and that applies to both shows and individuals. The obvious candidate here is Dan Harmon and his return to Community. Although the show is likely to be back on the air faster than NBC would like it to be, it's not clear whether the rabid fandom will be able to fully process a fifth season that brings Harmon back but that's also missing two original members of the study group. It's the internet's biggest powderkeg, and it's absolutely going off. 

On a much tamer level, New Girl is all set up to face some issues in Season 3. Fans are jacked up about Nick and Jess, but we know all the baggage that comes with putting anticipated couples together (warranted or not). Coach is coming back, and that could mess up Winston's energy. And oh by the way, Fox surely wasn't happy with how the ratings turned out in Season 2, which puts a little added pressure on the show's upcoming run of episodes. 


"[Show X] Is Twitter's New Darling, for Better or for Worse" 


APPLIES TO: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Sleepy HollowThe BlacklistDads

There's nothing quite like experiencing a show, good or bad, on Twitter. Whether people start full-on live-tweeting or a given show simply becomes so ingrained in the general internet conversation (mostly via .GIFs, duh) that you can't escape it, there's bound to be a new addition or three to the recent class of TV Twitter champions (GleeScandalOrphan Black, #TheCape). The early leaders in the clubhouse are Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (obviously), Sleepy HollowThe Blacklist, and Dads. Chances are that at least two of them will be consistently awful in a such a way that we won't be able to stop joking about them—the amount of vitriol spewed at Dads each week is going to be quite the marvel, and I'm already ready to hashtag everything I tweet with #TheBlacklist. Plus, even if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sleepy Hollow turn out to be decent, it's likely that there will still be quite a bit to say. Which is really all that television exists for, right?


"Is the Singing Competition Dead?" 


APPLIES TO: The VoiceThe X FactorAmerican Idol

This is the year that the singing competition takes a BIG dive. The X Factor already debuted to weak numbers and American Idol is quite the mess coming off its worst season ever. But what if it's not just a Fox problem in 2013-2014? NBC took a risk by airing two cycles of The Voice last season and even though that approach worked, it's bound to eventually cause audience burnout. There's no way that NBC's most popular non-football property will tank entirely this season, but by spring, it will have aired five seasons and something like 135 episodes in just three years. Plus, it's on NBC. Things don't go right for too long over there. By next fall, there will be a lot of attention on singing competitions and whether or not they can serve as the centerpiece for a given network's schedule.


"'Limited Event' Series Are the New Trend Changing the Landscape of Television" 


APPLIES TO: HostagesIntelligence24: Live Another Day

Last season it was Netflix, and to a lesser extent Amazon and Hulu, that shifted our perceptions of what TV actually is, threatened all the big players for awards recognition, and generally made a lot of noise. This year? We're going to hear quite a bit about the networks embracing shorter seasons and event programming (in fact, you've already begun to hear it around these parts). A lot of digital ink will be spilled in praise of shows like Hostages and Intelligence, Fox's decision to revive 24 as a summer event, and ABC's choice to finally air its programming in seasonal blocks giving the broadcast networks more room to compete with cable and all the other burgeoning content producers. And even those who shrug at these moves will acknowledge that they're probably good for shows on a creative level. 


What topics do you think will dominate the discussion this season? And how do you feel about the predictions above?

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I'm just hoping that Agents Of SHIELD will find lots of audiences past the pilot. This is ABC dammit, not FOX !
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"How soon will [Show X] get everyone fed up with '80s pop culture, and/or constant references to it?" (I'm looking at you, guys named Seth)



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I have mixed feelings about limited event shows. While I love the idea for certain projects - things that would be really good but can't last long-term - I would be a little bummed if all my shows went that way. I like having some shows that I can come back to every week.
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One question: On Community, who is the other original study group member who won't be around? I know Chevy Chase is gone but please don't confirm my worst fears that Donald Glover has also departed?....please
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Yeah, Glover's only around for five.
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Even though you asked politely... Donald Glover is indeed leaving. I think he's only slated to appear in 3-5 episodes.
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Nashville is a good show for the majority of the viewing public in this country since country music is the most popular type of music out these days. They could end up suffering from sophomore slump or fall completely apart like Smash did last season. That show was a hit with fans and critics in its first season, but by the time the second season came around it appeared (at least to me) to be too close to a Glee type show to be taken seriously anymore and it was banished to Saturday nights and killed off after their remaining episodes aired.

I believe that TV as we know it has been over for at least 10 years. NBC hasn't had a hit in the top 10 that wasn't football or a reality competition show since pretty much Friends and Frasier ended in 2004. Fox hasn't been a must watch channel in at least that long with the exception of American Idol. ABC was in this exact same slump right as all the amazing 90's and early 2000's shows were ending and wasn't able to rebound significantly until Modern Family in 2009. CBS has been the only network channel who hasn't been in a tremendous slump over the last 10 years and that is due in large part to two things, CSI and all shows like it and Chuck Lorre. If CBS were to take away those to things then it too would be a network on life support.

My prediction for the future of TV is that more people will be tuning into scripted shows on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu rather than sit in front of a TV and watch the crap that is currently poisoning the minds of Americans today. It will take a very long time (can't predict an exact number of years) but TV's will be a thing of the past and shows that we used to consider part of TV will now be exclusively on the computer. I believe that at some point in human evolution the TV will go the way of the land line telephone, telephone booths, VHS tapes, etc. There really isn't any standard for what quality means anymore and there really aren't any original ideas left in Hollywood which is why most of the networks are at their worst levels in years.
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I have a feeling Revenge learned from its mistakes and based on the promo will be giving us more of what we want; singing competitions are on life support, Dads (Please kill it now) Homeland has been good; so I don't have any reason to believe they won't continue the trend although keeping Brody is a bit of a stretch to the imagination; too much has happened. I agree this year will be a test for Vampire Diaries; creatively it sucks, so Stephen is off the rails again (Doppelganger or not) Damon and Elaina will not last she'll be with the real Stephen by the time the season is over "again", the Originals will dilute the VD even more, Like the Colby's did Dynasty. I stopped caring about HIMYM two seasons ago and a full season based on one day, the literal How I met your mother moment, does not appeal to me; I will watch the Finale and that's about it.
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Speculation. Revenge had a disappointing second season but see no reason why it can't rebound. Too many good characters to fail. I will be watching.
I have hope for Revolution, being a Sci-Fi fan. It stunk for half the season and then started getting interesting. Hope that trend continues into the second season.
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are there that many good characters on Revenge though? Even Emily was a bit of a mess last year.
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A nice summary of waht might happen... The ending of HIMYM, I think, will be disappointing. I deeply believe it will suck. So for the small chance of it being good, I will be even happier ;)

On the other hand I don´t expect anything from any series anymore... Some months ago I was hoping for a nice short series called "Under the dome"... yeah, we all know how that went out!
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Sorry, I tuned out when you put Homeland and Revolution in the same category for a "turnaround." Now I am not a cult follower of Homeland, but I think it's a pretty good drama that has some really high points. Revolution on the other hand is the worst show I have ever seen. Not only would they have to change the writing, but the acting, way it is filmed, and the history between the characters before this show is halfway watchable.
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Well if you actually read it, you'll see that I acknowledged that they were nowhere near the same quality.
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Revolution is the worst show you've ever seen? I guess you took a pass on Under the Dome.
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Or Guys with Kids, or Dads, or Animal Practice, or Malibu Country, or... The point is, good for you for not even attempting to watch these
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Walking Dead: Talk About a Turn Around!

... I hope? While I am definitely one of the people that have enjoyed the show since the beginning, I know there are plenty of people who are pissed but still hanging on for reasons. Because of the new showrunner, I have high hopes that the audience as a whole will be happier, especially since the man is a fantastic writer. But with the new spinoff and game series and college class and who knows what else happening centered around the show, there could simply be too much going on to give it the attention it deserves for a turn around. But again, optimism.

I really hope Arrow doesn't crash and burn. But the rumors about Sarah returning and being a new love interest for Ollie is just-- it's cringe worthy. You're really going to bang Laurel's sister again, dude? Really? I mean, that's groady, and the last thing you want is to make your main character kinda gross. If he's gross, I hate him. If I hate him, I'm going to stop watching. So... Like... if they go down that route, I could easily see Arrow crashing in its sophomore season even though I just marathoned and loved the first season.

I hate limited series runs, so I will be so upset if they become the new hot thing that dominates television. But I know you're right. It's where TV is heading. Guess it's just me, though.
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I don't like Laurel neither, so in terms of love interest, I hope they come up with something else anyways.
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I think that HIMYM is going to pull a weak final season, just hoping it's not as weak as Dexter. TVD is in the dangerous season 5 when most of the supernatural shows are starting to lose steam, so I agree with you on that one.Despite the addition of Edlund I don't see how Revolution is going to get better when every character on the show is annoying.
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Is this not pretty much the same article as Tim's 'Bold Predictions for the Fall 2013 TV Season', but with headlines? Majority of these things are said about a lot of shows each season, so I'm just going to say which shows I hope these headlines will apply to:

Nikita's Series Finale: How It Stuck the Landing
The Blacklist: It's Better Than You Think!
Annnnnd NCIS' Wheels Have Completely Come Off
Nashville: Talk About a Turn Around!
Give Chloe Bennett (Agents of SHIELD) All the Emmys
Let the Arrow Backlash Begin
Reign is Twitter's New Darling, for Better of for Worse
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Nashville: What are the chances that it remains remotely solid throughout Season 2? I'd say pretty damn good!
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Initially I wouldn't think there were any good reasons for season 2 not be as good as season 1. However, I am worried about those rumours that he mentioned. That could make a difference.
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Creative issues? What creative issues? Change of location? Already filming, of course, so is it still filming in Nashville NOW or not? Too big of a cast? No, in my opinion. Ratings? Season 2, first episode hasn't even aired yet. Me worried? Not one bit.

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so much the better for you
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that is a very comprehensible and interesting article. kudos to cory.
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Cory, I hope you're right but I really don't expect anything of the sort from HIMYM's finale.

Ha ha, yeah, last spring's pilot season was a clusterfuck of extraordinary magnitude. Oh god, and in that Super Fun Night promo shot I can totally see Rebel Wilson's nipple, whyyyyy?

I'm not expecting The Millers to be better than I think, but I also think it'll be the absolute worst waste of talent ever, so you do have the edge there. Reign? No way. Trophy Wife? It's already being said, but I still doubt it'll be.

Community backlash? I dunno, that's a dangerous game to play there, it's rarely a high-rated series and as much as folks love it, it's not a critical darling, it's always been open to criticism when it's earned (Dan Harmon even called out the mistake that was taking Chang where they did... before then taking that back). And New Girl is a niche audience show, it's suffered "backlash" since day one, the whole thing is hinged around a hipstress with bangs to hide her age who asks Siri if it's raining WHEN SHE IS STANDING NEXT TO A GODDAMNED WINDOW.

The Blacklist is on NBC, it will not be a Twitter darling. Dads has the look and feel of a show that will be forgotten in 3 weeks a la CBS's Partners from last season.

Wait, didn't THIS SITE already call out X Factor's shit ratings as sign of the singing competition fad being over?

I think that "Limited Event" headline is already happening with Under the Dome and those outlets who ran it are feeling the sting of a tepid follow-through on that series.
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Say what you will about Revenge's last season. This season they're bringing the heat and it's going to be amazing.
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Revenge is always a good bit of fun, but when it does what it's supposed to do well you get great things like the episode on the boast where Fauxamanda died and the two part finale. I understand that the show can't always have episodes like this, so I'm generally pretty happy to watch some of the more duller subplots unfold as long as I know they make things count in episodes that matter.
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Doubt it, the new showrunner said they are keeping Aiden. LOL <

that's already strike one. it's going to get a lot worse.
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The worst thing is they're keeping Jack... Get rid of that AWFUL character.
Keep Aiden, he's one of the few people who know the real deal with Emily.
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I never understood all the Aiden hate. I was hoping they were going to kill Jack on the boat. I was pretty bummed when it was Fauxamanda. I never understood all that hate either.
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1. He's annoying and served no purpose to the storyline other than being Amanda's "love interest". And don't even get me started on that because the whole thing feels forced and the actors have zero chemistry together. Their so called "relationship" has never worked.

2. Other than being forced on us, (and I don't dare to speak for all the fans but just me) the actor's smug expression 99% of the time contributes to my dislike for him.

3. He should have died in Season 2. I can't see his "storyline" going anywhere. + Amanda already has 2 other love interests.

Why would they chose to keep him is beyond me.
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I think these are all pretty valid predictions and the picks for each are pretty solid. Given that this season has so few strong contenders, I'm curious to see how much leeway the networks are willing to give this year.
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Im sorry but talking about anybody besides Brian Cranson for male leading actor, Arron Paul for male supporting role and Anna Gunn for female supporting role is useless they already won it for season 5b.
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I'm all for Cranston and Gunn to win, but Paul didn't have much to do earlier this season (5B) and there haven't been too many moements since that have made me really appreciate his talent (at least in comparison to everyone else on the show).
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I remember when "limited event" shows were called mini-series.
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it could be a limited event show with 20 episodes - would that be a mini-series?
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"I remember when we watched the Dumont network and this was all farmland as far as the eye could see."
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We set out, each new season, to enjoy some quality programming and it is all really not predictable. Shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine are hyped and receive critical acclaim and are nothing but garbage. Shows like The Neighbors are immediately Dead-Pooled and turn out to be very good. Shows like Made in Jersey are solid and get cancelled over the phone during the first episode because of the real Friday night lights in America. So, it's a crapshoot. I like to occasionally watch Hart of Dixie although it can't be considered good, but it's rarely unpleasant. It's a look back at sweeter times, I guess. I predict NCIS is finally going to die without Cote DePablo when that time comes. I'm excited for The Blacklist as it reminds me a bit of Person of Interest--not as it's the same subject matter, but because it looks deliciously dark and fun. I also have high hopes for The Millers because of the cast. But none of this is predictable. Like I said, it's a crapshoot...
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I share some of your sentiments. I put The Blacklist: It's Better Than You Think!
Annnnnd NCIS' Wheels Have Completely Come Off in response to this article.
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There was a time when it wasn't a crapshoot, when these networks were run by people who knew what the hell they were doing and did it pretty damned well. Now it's just easier to let beancounters make decisions about content and we have to hope for the best. Even our better cable channels are starting to show cracks in their foundations.
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I hope your wrong about NCIS but it has crossed my mind and the show does eventually need to end and i would rather see it ended on purpose then just not renewed, though it is bound to still remain high in ratings. Blacklist looks both interesting and a dangerous attempt. I like series of that nature but I invested too much time in shows like it only to have them fail and I get left with no conclusion.
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NCIS has survived the loss of major characters before, like Kate, and it will survive the loss of Ziva. What's going to affect it more are the fact that it's been on TV so long and that it could take a bit of a hit from SHIELD.

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Kate was early in the series, Ziva has been established for 80% of the series run now.
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i still consider kate the greatest season ending shockers i have ever seen, of the shows i watch anyway, i'm sure someone has something bigger. The best hope is some new blood on the show could help it. I love the show, but i also know some things that run this long can start to run out of fresh ideas. But, I do need my Abby fix.
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I really hope that Homeland picks up but I saw the premiere leak and all I can say is they really need to stop creating storylines featuring Brody's family. I don't see the point of them on the show anymore.

I think you're right about TVD though, it fell off last year after Alaric was killed off and I'm more interested in the Originals than TVD already.
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The singing competition can't die soon enough for me. I don't care about them, but they get half the promo time on network house ads. And every ad is exactly the same.

"THIS TUESDAY, THE FINAL SIX PERFORM!"
*photos of bizarrely-clothed people staring at the ceiling with watery eyes slide past the screen*
Balding black man with a goatee, pointing to someone offscreen: "YOU THE DAWG NOW, BRUTHA!"
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I don't expect Reign to be "Game of Thrones, but for girls", but I do expect it won't get cancelled as soon as The White Queen did because the CW is trying to sell it that way.
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oh my, did the white queen get cancelled? I thought it just got over! I knew I have missed something...
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Ugg - I don't like the stories that are purely based in history, but I found something different in this show. What a pitty.
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The comparison annoyed me not because it may be generous to Reign, but in the fact that Game of Thrones is obviously a completely different show. Reign is an historical (fictionalised) drama with supernatural elements thrown in. Game of Thrones is a fantasy saga, there's very little in comparison in my eyes.
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Then again, Reign seems to be aimed to an audience that isn't allowed to watch Game of Thrones, so it will take time to notice they have been tricked into a history lesson.

With any luck, the audience would be hooked by then.
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"Game of Thrones, but for girls" is one of the most generous things I've ever heard on this site. Don't be surprised if that makes it onto the DVD jacket.
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That's not my line. It was referenced repeatedly during pilot season.
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I'm expecting Almost Human and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD to be worthy of my attention for sure.. Dracula and a few other shows will also get my attention..
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Well, I'm expecting for Marvel's Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mom, and the Tommorow People to be huge ratings hits.

As for Revenge and the Vampire Diaries, I agree. Both shows have dropped in quality, and I find them to have become quite dull and not as entertaining. But, I have to disagree about Nashville. That show has always delivered, I'm hoping that it will stay as good as it did back in Season 1. I mean come on, Connie Burton and Hayden Panettiere killed it last year. Fantastic actors! XD
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I agree about those actresses (although it's "Britton" unless she changed it recently), and I don't expect that many people who liked the first season will be disappointed in the second. But I think the stories have always been weak. The only character that's been developed in a good way is Avery. And the writers use the same trick to make things interesting all the time: Every single character has an extreme overreaction to just about every little thing that happens to them. I find it more and more annoying with each episode.

But I see that a lot of people don't. It has to be very easy to write for them, so I don't see how the show can disappoint them as long as Hayden and Connie are still on board.
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I think Revenge has embraced it's campiness, although I wish Nolan would become more self-referential so this could be truly demonstrated in the show. Then I wouldn't feel so bad at laughing at Victoria's dialogue all the time.

While The Vampire Diaries isn't as consistent as it once was, it still knows how to deliver big moments and twists, and have strong serialised episodes throughout the season that I'm not too fussed about its quality.

I think Nashville was quite good early on, but I think after a while (perhaps after it's Christmas break) it lost its way. Nashville did in one season what Revenge took two seasons to do in my eyes - Nashville's finale was ridiculous, while I quite enjoyed Revenge's.

Anyway, I just hope none of these shows fall further.
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The only thing here I don't understand is why you give The Blacklist such a rough time. James Spader alone will probably make it an above average show.

And really random, but I think it'd be awesome if The Blacklist and Hannibal aired back to back at some point..
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I've seen The Blacklist pilot and it's not good. Spader does his best though.
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Plus, any show they plaster across giant buildings is generally doomed to be shitty.

That was my rule for movies and shows at Comic-Con, but it's expanded out to LA as well now, I saw a hotel in Hollywood plastered with a giant The Blacklist poster on the side so everybody stuck on the 101 had to look at it. And what was it saying? "Here's James Spader, he's gotten fatter and shaved his balding head, and he's wearing a trenchcoat - this fall on NBC!"
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It sounds too much like The Following. And for a lot of us, James Spader is just a guy who's been in a lot of mediocre movies.
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I think that last one will be the thing that is picked up by the mainstream media the most just as sort of a concept (and allows a lot of those writers to suddenly start touting BBC shows and all those shows that have their first run in Canada that they have been quietly trying to figure out how to spread to those not already watching them or waiting for SyFy to pick them up). The rest I think will be more sort of fan based issues of the particular shows except for maybe Dads. I have a feeling if it stays on the air a lot of people will start trying to market it like ABC's the Neighbors or whatever that alien show is called. I apparently am going to have to see the last few minutes of it every once in awhile since FOX is apparently going to be all helter skelter with which show will run over and which will be running under (was it me or did New Girl actually start after nine and end before nine thirty?)
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I see nothing wrong with having a limited series of one season with 13 episodes which tells a good story. It boast the image of the network and give fans much to talk about if the story is really good. Something like a good mini-series. It is good to have a 1 season show with good stories and proper ending than have a 3 season show that got cancelled and have no proper ending.
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Exactly. Harper's Island was pretty good, they followed this formula.
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I agree with this, because Under the dome and Siberia could both have been OK as miniseries. But it seems that the networks have defined the term "limited event series" to mean "a show that has 13-episode seasons instead of 22". So with most of these shows, the best option is probably to wait and see what people are saying when the season is over.
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I don't think there is a turnaround for Revolution. Because Charlie is still going to be kind of slow, Google guy is still going to be kind of fat. And they are still going to miraculously travel long distances in unrealistic time frames.
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Revolution's pilot just aired yesterday in my country (Spain) for the first time. Watching the first minutes again, I thought that maybe it is possible to turn it around after all. We have all this post-apocaliptic scenario almost untouched - this can become something else! And I doubt that the volume of any of the characters matters. The fact that Hugo was heavier, did not make Lost better or worse as I can remember...
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Does it really matter that he's heavier?
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Yes. It is illogical that in an apocalypse where food is scarce and you have to walk everywhere that he is still fat. Now, he could have thyroid issues, however if after having been without hormone assistance for hypothyroidism for that many years he would have likely died from heart failure.
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This argument has been going on since Hurley never seemed to lose any weight on Lost.
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Damn, I really need to watch Lost. But I presume that Hurley didn't walk hundreds of miles considering he was stuck on an island.

But we don't have to focus entirely on his weight. He, admittedly is a big bag of useless. There was one instance where he was felled by a child who took the pendent that he was then forced to chase 8 or 10 feet. Not only are they in an apocalypse, they are also in a war. There is no way that a big bag of useless survives as many times as he does.
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Yes! The stark, cold realism of this comment is so awesome. Every post-apocalyptic writing team desperately needs someone like you.
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Yeah, I just don't see how they could revamp it enough to make it better. It's like trying to fix a house built on a crummy foundation. No amount of patchwork writing is going to fix this disaster...unless the characters can discover a time machine that will take them back and redo the pilot.
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My bold prediction for Revolution is that google guy will be the first "shocking death" of the season...proving how not shocking the show could get to be.
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I don't care how non-shocking it is, it's the only way they can improve and they have no choice. That mouth-breather is dead weight.
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The shape of Google Guy's body is nowhere near the top 100 problems with that show.

Kripke's explanations and excuses mean nothing to me. The only time I know that the writers apologized publicly for screwing up and promised to fix the show's problems was soon after Heroes finished season 2. Season 3 was the worst drek ever, a hundred times worse than season 2. Oh, there's also the time when I read that the people making Star Trek: Enterprise had a plan to change the show for the better for the next season. The plan was to give T'Pal a bit longer hair and more colorful clothes.
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I am actually looking forward to the end of Nikita. Knowing it is going to end and in a tight time schedule should make for great shows with alot happening and to a definite purpose. I think they should do this with all shows that last more than 1 season; Give them a 6 to 13 show season to wrap up all the storylines and bring about closure. My mother taught high school English for 30+ years and she always told me that a good story has a beginning, a middle, and an END. Alot of TV and writers of books make the mistake of ignoring that last part, hoping they can make a movie or write another book, and screw up the whole thing when neither materializes.
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Totally agree. All TV serials should have an arc including the beginning, middle and end. Which is why I'd welcome a 13 or even 22 episode story 'event'. Too many shows become repetitive and stale trying to extend their lifetimes into additional seasons. This might work for strictly procedurals, but does it really need to take seven seasons for the will-they-won't-they tension to be resolved. Too often writers box themselves into corners and then have to find ridiculous ways to get themselves out of it, or the mythos of a story heads into bizarre territory. Nikita not only had great episodic writing, but was also written as if every season was the last. A fantastic three and a quarter season story. Can't wait for the final episodes.
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I agree, a final season is always better when the writers know in advance is going to be the last.
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Dexter says hello.
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Agreed ! I do wish Nikita has more than 6 episode though.
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