Surprising absolutely no one, AMC has canceled "Low Winter Sun," the Detroit-set cop drama that was ignored by viewers and dismissed by critics during its run this fall.
Detroit cop drama had low ratings, weak reviews
Brody's birthday present to Jenny has unintended consequences
When I wrote my advance review of TBS' "Ground Floor," I said that the show got better with each episode I saw. Tonight's installment was the last, and best, of those. It made me laugh consistently, whether from physical comedy like Brody's reaction to the slightly less-awesome wine, or from running gags like Mansfield having special powers.
I'm curious how those of you who have stuck with the show are feeling about it at this point. There was some understandable resistance to the studio audience laughter; did anyone tough it out and learn to accept it, or are the only people left those who already have a fondness for multi-cam comedy? Do you like the work being done with the characters? Or is everyone just marking time until "Cougar Town" is back next month?
Have at it.
By submitting 'Orange Is the New Black' as a comedy, Netflix got 5 nominations
This was, as I've written about several times — and will be writing a lot more in the coming weeks as we publish various Best of 2013 lists — an insanely good, and deep, year for scripted television. "Breaking Bad" went out with an amazing final season. Netflix entered the original scripted series game. So did Sundance, and History, and others. There's so much good TV right now that any kind of Top 10 list, or set of awards nominations — like today's announcement of the Writers Guild of America TV nominees for 2013 — will inevitably omit an awful lot of great material, and will lean on the specific preferences of the individuals or groups making the picks. I'm going to be curious to see the results for our second annual HitFix TV Critics Poll (here's last year's), which will be published later this month, and I'm also interested to see how the Golden Globes and the various Hollywood guilds like the WGA (all of whom attach their TV awards to their movie ones) pick and choose among all the possibilities.
I've got the full WGA list at the bottom of this post, but let's start with some specific observations:
What did everybody think of the introduction of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen?
Yesterday morning, I posted some thoughts on "Arrow," which has really turned into a solid superhero show, and which has been such a success for the CW that it's being used to try to launch another DC hero show. We got the first taste of that tonight with the introduction of Grant Gustin as (very) young police scientist Barry Allen, whom you nerds might know as the Flash. Ordinarily, I'd be all Get Off My Lawn about Barry being played by such a CW-appropriate actor — especially since the most famous version of Green Arrow himself is a middle-aged guy who does not have Stephen Amell's physique — but I liked Gustin, and the writers' take on the character, just as I've come to like Amell as a studlier Oliver Queen.
While I've been enjoying "Arrow," it's not the kind of show I'd have enough to say about weekly, but this seems a good opportunity to check in with the audience to see how you felt about what was designed as a big episode (albeit only the beginning of this particular arc), about the continuation of last week's cliffhanger, etc. What did everybody else think of "The Scientist"?