6 items from 2016
So many shows on the Top 100 list got axed before their time, from Deadwood to My So-Called Life, from Freaks and Geeks to Party Down. These also could have been contenders, had they a little more time to find the audience. We present the best of the gone-too-soon bunch that didn't make our list.
Josh Whedon goes into outer space with the crew of the Serenity in the year 2517, starring Nathan Fillion as the rebel captain. Fifteen years after Fox cut the Serenity loose, the Firefly fanbase keeps growing »
HBO has had some rocky times of late, but at least in cancelling “Vinyl,” it made a Sansa decision, not a Jon Snow decision.
In the most recent episode of “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s flagship drama, Sansa did something that was deeply unpalatable to her in order to serve a larger purpose. But her brother, Jon Snow, made some calls that simply weren’t pragmatic given the reality he faced.
Cancelling the flawed “Vinyl” was the right move, and one that might indicate that the network is finally ready to fight a realistic battle with the army it has and the tactics it needs.
For years, once it had established itself as House Prestige with “Sex and the City” and “The Sopranos,” HBO resided in the kind of lofty tower that allowed it to gaze upon the TV fray from afar. Like the Lannisters, the HBO clan only moved with the most connected movers and shakers »
- Maureen Ryan
The series starring Bobby Cannavale as a larger-than-life record mogul had a rough run in its first season earlier this year, drawing modest ratings and lukewarm reviews. Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple co-starred.
“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of ‘Vinyl.’ Obviously, this was not an easy decision,” HBO said in a statement. “We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.”
HBO gave the show a second season renewal after its premiere in February. But by the end of the series’ run in April, HBO announced a showrunner change for season two, with Scott Z. Burns replacing creator Terence Winter. Burns was still in the early stage of working out a blueprint for season »
- Cynthia Littleton
“Game of Thrones” has come a long way, ratings-wise. When HBO’s fantasy epic premiered in 2011, expectations were low. Few people beyond fantasy buffs were familiar with the work of George R.R. Martin, the novelist whose books provided the inspiration for the series. And HBO had suffered through a years-long slump with clinkers such as “John From Cincinnati” and “Tell Me You Love Me.” But since then, “GoT” has grown into a genuine pop-culture phenomenon. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Premiere Conjures Up 7.9 Million Viewers Just check out the growth in this helpful chart from TheWrap, suitable for framing. »
- Scott Collins
The Houseman family is now complete on ABC’s Dirty Dancing. Bruce Greenwood has joined the cast of the network’s three-hour remake and will take on the role of Dr. Jake Houseman, who was originally played by the late Jerry Orbach in the 1987 film. Houseman is the husband of Debra Messing’s Marjorie and the father of Baby (played by Scream Queens‘ Abigail Breslin) and her older sister, Lisa (Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland). Greenwood is currently starring in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. His other recent TV credits include John From Cincinnati, The River, and Mad Men. In addition to Messing, Breslin, Hyland, and now
- Chris King
The CW’s Archie-inspired drama pilot has tapped the actor to play dad to the comics’ titular character, our sister site Deadline reports.
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6 items from 2016