Big news from today’s Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour 2015, and not just big news relative to the size of the network presenting: The CW. Yes, the CW is an also ran of a network, churning out 10 hours of programming a week and basically being relegated to the a category so derogatory, it’s the only one to be given the term “netlet,” but they’re still churning our a lot of popular TV. They know what they’re doing and they’re doing it well, which is why they went hog wild this afternoon and renewed eight of its series, including the superheroic Arrow and The Flash. Speaking of which, if you love the world of the Emerald Archer and the Fastest Man Alive, then you might just be welcoming a third hour featuring the man with the Power of the Atom. (more…)
This week is the annual Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, it’s an opportunity for networks and cable channels to show off their wares for the coming fall TV season. ABC is one of the last stops, but it is one of the biggest because they have one of the biggest new shows of the year. Of course, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the by-product of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Studios, and you all might recall that Disney made another big acquisition nearly a year ago…
And yes, the question came up during TCA about whether or not we might see a Star Wars series on the alphabet network sometime in the near future. ABC entertainment president Paul Lee raised the possibility himself back during the winter tour in January, and this past Sunday, according to Reuters, Lee had something to add. “We’ve started conversations with them,” Lee said. “I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate.”
True enough, Lucasfilm is said to be working on a Star Wars film for every year following the 2015 release of Star Wars Episode VII, so how on earth can they squeeze in full-blown production on a TV series as well? Still, Lee’s use of the phrase “inkling” is interesting, suggesting that there’s something in the works, even if it is just the discussion phase. Or perhaps some people are trying to get the long-in-the-works Star Wars: Underworld series going, that might be a treat. Time will tell, I guess.
What do you think, Bastards? Ready for another Star Wars series?
The winter edition of the Television Critics Association Press Tour is currently underway. It’s a chance for TV critics from print, web and TV to get a look at the new year’s offerings from many of the network and cable channels. One of the first ones up on this tour was NBC, a network for whom this truly is both the best of times and the worst of times. It’s the best because NBC finished number one this fall in the 18-49 demographic purely on the back of Sunday Night Football and The Voice, but at least one of those things they won’t have in the spring.
But what they will have, as of February, is the fourth season of Community. Now fans are understandably concerned about their favorite community college-based cast of weirdos and eccentrics having lost creator Dan Harmon in the off season and being barely renewed for a short, 13-episode season that was pushed back from a fall launch date. So it was put to NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, is there any hope for a fifth season of Community?
“We’re absolutely hopeful it will lead to a fifth season,” Greenblatt said (via Deadline). “I’d love nothing more than to see it continue.” As to whether or not fans will notice a big difference in the transfer of power from Harmon to new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, he added, ““I think you’ll see relatively the same show that you did before, maybe with a little bit more heart built into it.”
Greenblatt also commented on another Community controversy, the rather loud exit by Chevy Chase late last year. “Actors come and go on a lot of shows and this is a big ensemble,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to be a big negative about the future of the show.”
As to another NBC show that might have developed a cult following had it made it to series and not been unceremoniously dumped on the air the Friday before Halloween, Greenblatt talked about why his network didn’t pick up Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Lane.
“We just decided that it didn’t hold together well enough to yield a series,” explained Greenblatt. “It looked beautiful and original and creative, but it just all ultimately didn’t come together…, it just didn’t ultimately creatively all work.”
Still, the chairman had nothing but love for the cast of the show. “We felt great about [Jerry O’Connell as family patriarch Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn],” he added. “But we tried to make it not just a sitcom. We tried to make it an hour, which ultimately has more dramatic weight than a half-hour. It’s hard to calibrate how much weirdness vs. supernatural vs. family story. I just think we didn’t get the mix right.”
Community is back February 7 at 8 pm EST/PST. Mockingbird Lane will never be back.
Source: Screen Rant