Let the Bubble Burst
We are about a week away from the unveiling of the new fall schedules. In the next seven days, the fate of all those shows still hanging in the air will be revealed. Yesterday I looked at a few shows on the bubble who should get a stay of execution. Today, I will look at a few shows that should be allowed to end their run.
Blindspot, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC
About: This is an interesting case. "Blindspot" was THE BIGGEST new show of the 2015-2016 season for NBC, and a show they hoped would be the new "Blacklist." But that never really materialized. The first season struggled at times, and the second season has been even flatter, to the point where I'm not sure what the point of the series is, really. When you come to the end of the second season, a renewal decision is a big one. For syndication purposes, a show that goes three full seasons usually gets a fourth automatically, so a renewal for season three is a two-season renewal. NBC has done well the past few years, so they aren't desperate. Renewing "Blindspot" for two seasons feels like a potentially desperate act.
The Catch, Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC
About: This is part of the Shondaland Empire, a drama wrapping up its second season. Now, since this is a short-run series (10 episodes per season), the same third season math doesn't apply. When the show returned for season two I praised it as the fun on T.G.I.T. And that's still true, but the second season has suffered a creative slump, and I'm not sure its built to endure right now. And the ratings have been woeful, too. It's got a talented cast, but the back half of the second season has felt like going through the motions. I'm not sure there's a point in letting that continue.
Elementary, Sundays at 10 p.m. on CBS
About: This is another tricky one. It's completing its fifth season, so syndication issues aren't a concern. It's well over 100 episodes. It still has some creative life in it, I suppose, but it's become very formulaic. It moved to Sunday nights two years ago, a place that's usually a stepping stone for veteran CBS shows to move toward cancellation. The ratings are low and CBS, still the No. 1 network, needs to breathe new life into its agin lineup. There are other shows that might fair well as an anchor on Sunday nights, and it feels like the right time to bid farewell to this iteration of Holmes and Watson.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC
About: "S.H.I.E.L.D." is part of the Marvel universe, meaning it's valuable intellectual property for ABC. But unlike the "Defenders" series on Netflix, which has earned great fan appreciation and critical praise, "S.H.I.E.L.D." never really developed into the kind of series people expected. And, let's face it, this season hasn't been good. ABC has "Inhumans" coming, so it will stay in the Marvel business. But the question is whether it wants to keep this show, too, despite the woeful ratings. My hope is that it will sign off at a somewhat high note.
New Girl, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX
About: There have been conflicting reports about whether this show is dead or not. Star Jake Johnson suggested it was done earlier this Spring, then walked his comments back. But the show had its finale in early April, and no word of its fate has been announced. At best, it gets as short-order final season. But why? The finale was pitch-perfect and would be a great creative high note to end the series on. It's hard to imagine it could go in any better place with more episodes. This is the right time to let the show go.
Sleepy Hollow, Fridays at 9 p.m. on FOX
About: This was a show I didn't think would work when it debuted four years ago. But it did, and became a modest hit for FOX. But at the end of the third season, the co-lead left the show and the story and format radically shifted. The fourth season brought in a new team and formula, and it worked better than I expected. But it didn't work that great. "Sleepy Hollow" was a surprise pick up last season, and I think it should be allowed to end now. The fourth season was OK, but not compelling enough to keep going. And, again, the ratings just aren't there. It's time for FOX to move on.