TV Season 2016/17 — Tributes, Assemble!

The new TV season has begun, with shows that were on the bubble being cancelled more often than not, these days. Here’s my thoughts on a few of those that went, those that stayed, and the new ones we’ll be meeting this pilot season.

(Some of the) shows cancelled in 2016

Castle — gone, and since I wasn’t impressed with the way that everything played out with Stana Katic and Tamala Jones, I daresay good riddance.

Agent Carter — gone, goddammit, and though I didn’t entirely love Season 2, it’s sad. Now Peggy really is dead and gone, and unless they bring her back for some more Sad!Steve flashbacks, this really is it. Meh. I’m happy that Hayley Atwell’s abc pilot Conviction has received a series order, though, I’m looking forward to seeing more of her.

Person of Interest — gone, too, and I am really, really sad about that. The whole cast seems to have pulled out all the stops for Season 5, after a really strong Season 4 CBS has scuppered their chances with this one. So much potential, wasted. And CBS has shot to hell Sarah Shahi’s Nancy Drew because “it skewed too female.” I could write an entire think piece on that, but I will refrain for the sake of my own sanity, so I will only say this: Sarah Shahi tweeted that there are great new things on the horizon for her, so I will retaliate by writing fluff pieces about that when the time comes.

Sleepy Hollow — still here, surprisingly, after they’ve sidelined Abbie Mills for ages and then killed her off. Really. Killing off your Witness? One of two? Destined to save the world and prevent the Apocalypse? That Witness? Ugh. Literally, her last line was, to paraphrase, that her job was to get Ichabod to this point. And that should not have been her job. In Season 2, we had to endure the minutiae of Ichabod and Katrina’s ill-fated reunion, and then Season 3 wasn’t much better for Abbie, and then she exits with that line. Her role, to the point, became to carry the white man forward, and I cannot believe they wouldn’t have the kind of self-awareness to prevent this. After Orlando Jones, Nicole Beharie is the second POC to exit that show after expressing (publicly) their criticism of some of the plot and narrative decisions made by the writers; so I guess that speaks for itself.

Supergirl — CBS are continuing their trend re: being colossally stupid about stuff this year, and were poised to cancel Supergirl even in the face of stable ratings. So The CW have stepped up to give Kara a new home, and so she’ll continue to save the day in a new time slot. Here’s to hoping the show will benefit from it.

New shows coming in late 2016

But now, the Fall line-up. I’ll either write a couple posts about this or just amend this post whenever I see something new that catches my interest, but here’s a show that’s gonna start over at The CW in the fall, and I’m intrigued:

Based on the 2011 film of the same name, Frequency is about a young police detective, Raimy Sullivan, who discovers that she can communicate with her dead father via the old radio in her garage. (I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t speak to the source material, and I have expectations as to how the plot should/might go.) Of course, fiddling with the past is basically begging for the question, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? And everything that could, promptly does. Add a serial killer and converging timelines to the mix and shits get real pretty quick. Peyton List stars as Raimy, Riley Smith plays her sometimes-not-dead dad Frank, and Mekhi Phifer plays her squad Captain.

I’m looking forward to this one.