Best and worst decisions of 2014 upfronts
That’s a wrap: We know what shows survived a round of cuts and what new shows will join the 2014-15 fall schedule. Now that the week of network sales presentations to advertisers are over, here are the best and worst moments of the last five days and what it means for this fall.
Most exciting comic book adaptation: Gotham.
Least exciting: A tie betweenConstantine and ABC’s midseason drama Agent Carter. How well does America know these characters anyway?
Most depressing new show: Fox’s Red Band Society, which is best described as Kids with Cancer (but shouldn’t be confused with Kids with Knives, a.k.a MasterChef Junior).
Most-deserved cancellation: Dads, Mixology, Friends with Better Lives.
Least-deserved cancellation: Intelligence. The Josh Holloway drama was averaging 10.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating when it got the boot.
Luckiest show: Glee. Despite earning some of its worst ratings ever in the last month, the drama is contracted to return for another full season.
Luckiest actor: Matthew Perry. His track record with launching a new comedy has positively sucked since Friends (Studio 60, Mr. Sunshine, Go On) but he’ll get a fourth lease on life next season in CBS’ midseason comedy The Odd Couple.
Worst word of the week: Eventizing.
Best wordsmith of the week: Jimmy Kimmel, who promptly mocked the made-up word that’s been used to describe limited-run series. “That’s actually how I popped the question to my wife,” he said during his annual standup routine at the ABC upfront. “I said ‘honey, I think its time to eventize this relationship’ and then I pregnatized her.”
Biggest Trend: Political thrillers (Scorpion, State of Affairs, Madam Secretary)
Tired trend: Finding “inspiration” from social media to create a new comedy. (ABC’s Selfie).
Biggest stealth cancellation: The second night of American Idol, which Fox now promises will be “streamlined” into two hours, one night a week.
Show we’re glad got canceled but wish one of its stars would stay: Super Fun Night and Rebel Wilson.
Show we’re not so glad got canceled but wish one of its stars would stay: Trophy Wife and Marcia Gay Harden.
Stars we think should take a season off and, we dunno, go fishing or something: Dylan McDermott, now playing a cop in CBS’ Stalker after playing a cop two seconds ago in CBS’ Hostages.
Stupidest pilot decision: 20th Century Fox TV’s decision not to retool How I Met Your Dad for CBS.
Most offensive trailer: ABC’s Cristela. In the pilot episode, comedienne/star Cristina Alonzo — a Latina law student who just bagged a high-profile internship — is mistaken for the cleaning crew.
Best new show title: How to Get Away with Murder.
Worst new show title: A to Z, mostly because it appears like the producers built a show around the title, not the other way around.
TV stars we’re most excited about: Ben McKenzie in Fox’s Gotham, Dean Winters in Battle Creek, Analeigh Tipton in Manhattan Love Story and Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder..
Best scheduling move: Scandal to 9. It’s overdue for a prime anchor slot.
Riskiest scheduling move: Fox slotting Gotham opposite The Big Bang Theory in the fall instead of airing it at 9, with Sleepy Hollow as its lead-in.
Best Kimmel joke: “Mark Burnett is producing an elaborate new miniseries for NBC called AD which he described as Game of Thrones meets The Borgias meets The Bible. I read the pitch for this show. It sounds more like Total meets Cluster meets F—.