The new us tv sea­son

Check­ing out the trends in the net­works’ up­com­ing shows…

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NET­WORKS ARE STICK­ING WITH WHAT THEY KNOW

Re­mem­ber when shows got can­celled left, right and cen­tre? It’s still hap­pen­ing, of course, but num­bers seem to be dwin­dling – net­works are play­ing it safe with es­tab­lished prop­er­ties. This means, to cite a few ex­am­ples, a sea­son six for Grimm and Once Upon A Time; Sleepy Hol­low hits its fourth year (de­spite los­ing its fe­male lead); The 100 and The Originals are four, The Vam­pire Di­aries is eight and Su­per­nat­u­ral is up to a round dozen.

EVERY­BODY’S TIME TRAV­EL­LING

ABC, Fox and NBC have all green­lit shows about time-travel – as though there weren’t al­ready enough to go around. So, on ABC we’ll get Time After Time, about HG Wells hunt­ing Jack the Rip­per; Fox is bring­ing us com­edy Mak­ing His­tory, about a bunch of guys who dis­cover they can hop through time; and NBC is work­ing on Time­less, where a crim­i­nal heads to the past to change his­tory.

SU­PER­HEROES ARE STILL BIG

In ad­di­tion to all the cur­rent sta­ples – Gotham, Agents Of SHIELD, Su­per­girl (which is mov­ing to The CW), The Flash, Ar­row, Le­gends Of To­mor­row and the like – we’re also get­ting Pow­er­less on NBC, a com­edy set in an in­sur­ance of­fice in the DC uni­verse, and Syfy are pro­duc­ing Su­per­man pre­quel Kryp­ton. The only sur­prise here is that Agent Carter didn’t make the cut, nor the mooted SHIELD spin-off, Mar­vel’s Most Wanted. Boo.

THERE ARE FEWER SHOWS MADE FROM ES­TAB­LISHED BRANDS

Re­cently we’ve been sub­jected to 12 Monkeys, Mi­nor­ity Re­port, He­roes, The X-Files, Damien... It was start­ing to feel as though net­work ex­ecs were brows­ing IMDb, ran­domly point­ing at things and or­der­ing them to be up­dated. While a few were suc­cess­ful, we’re not see­ing the same ap­proach this year. Among those that were green­lit are Fre­quency on The CW, Geena Davis in The Ex­or­cist on Fox, and Emer­ald City on NBC. The trend has also de­creased for more main­stream TV, but it’s still just as pop­u­lar on the big screen… Live-ac­tion The Lit­tle Mer­maid, any­one?

COMIC ADAP­TA­TIONS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE

You al­ready know how many sub­scrip­tion-only comic-book shows are be­ing made right now – one day we sus­pect Net­flix and Ama­zon might ac­tu­ally fight a real-life Civil War over them. But comics are also be­ing adapted for net­work TV like there’s no to­mor­row. The CW is pro­duc­ing a sur­real ver­sion of the clas­sic Archie comics named Riverdale; while ABC has or­dered a full sea­son of Mar­vel’s Cloak And Dag­ger. Mean­while NBC has grabbed Hawai­ian Dick, about a PI (Johnny Knoxville) in­ves­ti­gat­ing su­per­nat­u­ral crimes. There are more. Many more. Comics con­tinue to take over the world. We ap­prove.

Pow­er­less heads to a lesser-known part of the DC uni­verse. Yet more time travel in Mak­ing His­tory. Geena Davis stars in a reimag­in­ing of The Ex­or­cist.

Good guys and bad travel into the past in NBC’s Time­less.

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