Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday Talkback: Fantasy Network Executive

Okay, it's been a few weeks into the new TV season.  That means we've been able to see at least two episodes of the new shows.  If you could cancel one show, what would it be?  If you could retool one show what would it be? And if you could give one show a full-season pickup, what would it be?

As I've got several friends working on shows competing for renewal, I'll avoid choosing sides by answering that question.  For cancellation, it's a dead heat between Whitney and The Playboy Club.

For retooling, I think Ringer is fixable, but it might require ditching some of the noir feeling and make it a full out guilty pleasure on the order of Revenge.


  1. I haven't actually seen everything yet - 'Charlie's Angels' is still in my 'to watch' pile because frankly I'm too scared to put myself through it yet...

    However, so far the obvious choice for a Retool - Terra Nova. It's a solid enough idea, but at the moment it's less than the sum of all its parts, because said parts are just thinly-veiled lifts from other things. Too much Jurassic Park. A dash of Lost. A soupcon of Blade Runner. It's like Spielberg and James Cameron had a baby and are now trying to make out it was adopted.

  2. I really want to see The Secret Circle with a full season pickup. For me this is the best show out of the season, really strong first episode (although I am yet to see the subsequent ones) that was both devoid of confusing plots (I'm looking at you Revenge) and/or bad VFX (Ringer, Terra Nova, Revenge).

    For retooling I would say The Playboy Club. Less "Mob" plot and more 'back-in-the-day' charm with some Playboy 'edge'. (Although I find myself hopelessly addicted to this show)

    For Cancellation, I don't want to put any 'hate' out there, so I won't.

  3. I mostly just want to cancel existing reality shows, like What Not To Wear. I haven't seen the new shows yet because - well, they just do not appeal to me. But I would love to bring back Men Of A Certain Age. I loved that show, even though they were all men in their 50s and I'm a 35 year old woman, I could find something I could relate to in every single lead role. (I love it when I can relate to a character. It makes shows, movies, and books more interesting.) I don't understand why they canceled a show with good ratings. Putzes.

  4. I kill off Cavaziel on Person of Interest and retool that show with a more interesting badass guy and a faster pace. I'd keep Pan Am. I'd ditch Ringer.

  5. I would cancel Person of Interest, and encourage people to watch Minority Report instead.

    A retool for Playboy Club. Stop shying away from the series premise. Dig deeper into the characters. Tell us the story of these women in this unique place and fascinating time. Eliminate the mafia/murder plots, and anything outside the scope of life as a Playboy Bunny.

    Pick up Pan Am.