Every year, UK television channels import thousands and thousands of hours from the U.S, whose main television season runs from September through till June. With their current season ended, we now know which shows have been a success from the 2011-2012 season and which shows haven’t that will not be returning. We’ll also be taking a look at the trailers for some new shows to take the place of those ones unlucky enough to fall.
Let’s start with a quick round off of those shows that didn’t make it. Some of them are still in the middle of their run over here, given that they started to air long after their American dates, so if that show you’re watching is in this first list, unfortunately, it’s not going to keep airing for much longer, or the last episode you saw may be the last one you ever see from it. So, without further delay, here are the ones of particular note that are not coming back in the 2012-2013 season:
Luck: First to fall was this gambling drama centred around a horse racing track. With a phenomenal cast which included Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Denis Farina, Michael Gambon, and being made by the cable network HBO, this was a genuinely good show which was not cancelled due to poor ratings, and had already finished it’s first season run and was filming it’s second season when production was halted after the third horse injury during filming which led to an animal being put down. Due to the flack received from animal rights groups, HBO cancelled the show with one or two episodes of season 2 completed. No idea when these last couple of episodes will be shown here, the series was shown on Sky’s Atlantic channel.
Terra Nova: Yes, the time travel drama about a family going back millions of years to escape an almost uninhabitable Earth of the future is among the dead. Due to particularly high production costs (shooting on location is always expensive) and lacking ratings perfomance in the U.S., it was cancelled by Fox. It aired over here on Sky One within days of being shown stateside, so what you’ve seen is it. There will be no more.
Alcatraz: JJ Abram’s latest show, about the myserious dissapearance of everyone on Alcatraz island 50 years ago, only to have them return present day, got a 13 episode first season, unfortunately by the time it started going somewhere, people had stopped watching it, and so it was not given a second. Currently being shown on Watch, once it reaches episode 13, that’s your lot. Oh, and it ends on a cliffhanger. Bummer.
Ringer: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s mystery thriller about twins and deception only kept me interested for the first 5 or 6 episodes, seems I wasn’t the only one to jump ship. It was shown here on Living, no idea if it ends on a cliffhanger or not, but from what I remember of the show, it wouldn’t surprise me.
Awake: Perhaps the best of this year’s new shows, starring Jason Isaacs (Hello!) as a Los Angeles detective who lives two lives after a fatal car accident. In one life, his wife is dead and he lives with his son, when he goes to sleep, he wakes up in the other life, where the oppositte is true, the question is, which is real? Unfortunately, audience retention just wasn’t good enough to bring it back next year. It has 13 episodes, and does offer ‘an’ open ending, so at least it does give some form of ending, not sure how many will like it. Sky Atlantic is showing it here, 13 episodes is all you get, stick with it as you do get some closure, and some damn fine hours of television towards the end.
The Secret Circle: Can’t say that I’ve watched this show, but it was produced by the CW network in the U.S. – the same network that made Ringer. Featuring a story about whichcraft, it got it’s first season of 22 episodes completed and has been showing on Living here, no idea if it ends with a cliffhanger or not, but it’s not coming back, so better start hoping not.
CSI: Miami: Yes, ol’ sunglasses himself, Horatio Caine is gone. On the bubble with it’s sister show CSI:New York due to ratings, Miami fell, New York survived. Not sure when the last of Miami is being shown here on 5, they tend to repeat a lot of them, either way, 9 seasons is a long enough run, although the original CSI set in Vegas is coming back for a 12th season.
Unforgettable: Police procedural with a twist – this time with a woman who has a memory that remembers everything – got a full season of 22 episodes before not making the cut, again due to poor ratings. Currently showing on Living here, it isn’t coming back next season.
Harry’s Law: The legal drama starring Kathy Bates as a lawyer who starts her own law firm finished it’s second season run of 22 episodes recently stateside, and has not been renewed for a third due to poor ratings. It was honestly a surprise that it made it this long, but one I will miss.
Pan Am: The show about stewardesses on the 80’s airline suffered horribly in the ratings very early on, surprisingly BBC2 picked it up here very quickly, but it didn’t even get to finish it’s first season before it was canned, it did that badly.
The Finder: The spin-off show from Bones about a man who found… anything, finished its 13 episode run, half way through which it moved time slots to friday nights which in the U.S. is considered the death slot, as it turned out to be in this case.
A couple of shows which also ended this year – Chuck, Desperate Housewives, and House weren’t cancelled, they knew ahead of time this was their last year, and so ended their stories.
Those that are coming back: Castle, The Big Bang Theory, Touch, Hawaii Five O, Fringe (13 episodes to end the series), Supernatural, Raising Hope, Nikita, The Vampire Diaries, CSI (Vegas), NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, The Middle, Modern Family, Smash, Community, Grimm, Up All Night, Parenthood, Greys Anatomy, Suburgatory, Body Of Proof, Revenge, The Mentalist, Two And A Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Person Of Interest, Once Upon A Time, Bones, New Girl.
Among those worth mentioning, is the excellent Person Of Interest, a show that has finished it’s first season run in the states and is due to start here on Channel 5 in June/July. It’s produced by JJ Abrams and created/written by Jonathan Nolan (Brother of Christopher Nolan and writer of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises), and stars Jim Caviesel & Michael Emerson.
Person of Interest:
Here’s a pick of the new shows that look interesting:
Definately one to watch, from Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) comes this comedy drama set around the workings of a news station which decides to change things up a bit after their lead anchor (Jeff Daniels) goes on an un-American rant on live television. Any fan of Sorkin’s will be looking forwards to this, it has a lot going for it, least of all that it’s being produced and airing in the states on HBO, which means there’s no censoring of language and it has more chance of staying around for a while as long as it can find an audience… which it will. No word yet on when it will air here but it probably won’t be long after it’s U.S. premiere, getting a jump on the normal season on 24th June.
15 years after a global electrical blackout, the world has suffered govermental collapse, and a revolution starts to build. Is it any surprise that JJ Abrams has another show on the go? No, but it’s also no surprise to see that it looks interesting, like a moden day western, and that has me interested.
Mattew Perry stars as a sports commentator who goes into group therapy to help him deal with his wife’s death. Matthew Perry is funny in almost anything, Friends, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Mr Sunshine… ok, maybe not so much in that last one, which is why it barely lasted 5 minutes, but enough to make me want to give this a chance.
One of several dramas featuring a serial killer, this one with Kevin Bacon as an ex-FBI agent who is brough back to hunt an escaped serial killer that he caught years earlier. We’ll have to wait until it airs to see if it’s any good, but given the casting of Bacon, it at least deserves a look in.
666 Park Avenue:
Looks like a TV adaptation of the movie The Devil’s Advocate, with Lost’s Terry O’Quinn playing the part of The Devil. We’ll see if it lasts.
A drama about a U.S. naval submarine whose crew go rogue after being attacked, and take control of an island, establishing itself as a dissident of the United States. Has the potential to be a good show, similar in some regards to a show a few years back called Jericho, which only lasted 1 season before being cancelled. Hopefully this lasts longer.
Yes, it’s a U.S. remake of the BBC modern day setting Sherlock, though not entirely sure it follows the same dynamic as the UK show, it may be interesting given the casting of Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as a female Watson.
Based on DC comics Green Arrow, you’re reading this on Following The Nerd, need we say more?
Based on the true story of a Las Vegas Sherrif, who struggled against the corruption of the mob in 1960’s Las Vegas. Stars two big hitters that make this worthy of a look – Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis (The Shield).
Yes, ok, it looks awful, but the trailer had to be posted because this show seems all about the nerd! You never know, it may not be as bad as it looks.
The Family Tools:
You can never tell for sure wether a comedy show will be funny from the trailer, but this show is here for one reason, J.K. Simmons, the guy is comedy gold in anything funny.
The Mob Doctor:
Drama about a doctor who gets in deep with the mob, looks interesting, but does it have the legs to run to a series?
Filling the void left by Rescue Me, follows the crews of both Chicago’s fire and ambulance services, with a cast of TV actors including Jesse Spencer (House), Eammon Waker (Oz), Monica Raymund (Lie to me), this may be worth a look.
Two words, Jeffrey Tambor. Comedy genuis. Check out a small comedy show called ‘Bent’ from the 2011-2012 season, it only lasted 6 episodes, not because it wasn’t funny, but because the network making it killed it off. Biggest mistake of last year, and the funniest comedy to have been made in the last 3 or 4.
Hannibal: Another serial killer series, this time a prequel to the Hannibal Lecter movies which sees him working with FBI profiler Will Graham to track serial killers before he was revealed to be a serial killer himself.
Beauty & The Beast: A teen (a la twilight, vampire diaries, etc) remake of the Linda Hamilton/Ron Perlman series
Red Widow: Starring Radha Mitchell, a woman has to take over her husband’s drug dealing business to safeguard her family after her husband is killed.
How To Live With Your Parents: Scrubs Sarah Chalke stars in this comedy about a woman who has to move her and her daughter in with her parents.Nashville: Drama set in the music industry about a struggling country music singer, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettierre.
Partners: A new sitcom about two best friends, one of which who is gay, who run a business together. So essentially Will and Grace with two guys.
Made In Jersey: A legal drama about a girl from New Jersey who heads to the big apple to work in a successful law firm. Think Ugly Betty, the lawyer version.
Do No Harm: From what we can tell from the cryptic footage being released, a re-telling of a moden day Jeckyl & Hyde. We had enough of that with the BBC version, no thanks.
The New Normal: A comedy drama about a mother who takes her daughter and relocates to start a new life in California and becomes the surrogate to the baby of a gay couple to pay bills for her dream of going through law school. Yeah, exactly.
1600 Penn: A comedy about the son of the president, a college drop out and all round screw up. Someone must have though this would be funny.
Zero Hour: Anthony Edwards (E.R.) stars in this thriller series in which he gets pulled into a Nazi conspiracy.