Television has now had some of the most groundbreaking stories to tell. There has never been more freedom in the TV industry. There are TV shows coming up that have are comforting and nostalgic, and others that are full of ambitious plots. But television is also facing competition with the OTT platforms, so they try hard to convince us to watch certain shows. Studios advertise their upcoming shows as the next big thing before it has even aired. Some of them do turn out to be good, but there are a few that do not live up to the hype. Only a few good episodes and they lose their way.
The TV show Heroes by NBC is a fascinating fad. The show went way ahead of its superhero curve with its first season. The season was thrilling, with unique storytelling that delivered well on its initial premise. But the show struggles to explore new grounds, which made the fans leave, and ultimately the show’s 4th season got canceled. The announcement of the sequel Heroes Reborn seemed to be a chance to bring back the forgotten franchise, but it too is a misfire.
With three seasons complete and more coming up, it could still be early to say Westworld is a failure TV show. But the show has exhibited unexpected growing pains that made the audience lose the connection from what the series was really about. The creative talent too managed to increase the fans’ expectations towards the show. But Westworld totally missed the mark. The sci-fi series isn’t bad but is not what it was marketed as. The fans too are growing tired of its storytelling.
The Chevy Chase Show
Talk shows are the ideal place to learn about current events and upcoming projects. Over the years, talk shows have evolved creatively and many stars have tried their luck in the category. While some became highly successful, others were just a chaotic mess. The latter stood true for Fox’s The Chevy Chase Show. It aired for five weeks and made 29 episodes before being canceled. Though it was advertised as an antidote to David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, the TV show was nothing like the studio promised.
The US remake of the UK TV show Coupling was advertised as the new F.R.I.E.N.D.S. It is not unknown that it is impossible to match the hype of FRIENDS. This put immense pressure on the series and the fans were expecting a lot out of it. But Coupling, the US remake, turned out to be a disaster. The show was canceled after 4 episodes and six went unaired. The show was nothing like the hype created about it and the fans were happy it went off-air before it caused more destruction.
During the 1990s sitcoms were the best way for a comedian to prove that they can successfully make it into mainstream TV shows. Shows like Seinfield, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Home Improvement was based on a similar theme. We all know that John Mulaney is one of the most hilarious stand-up comedians of today. But he was too inspired by the sitcoms of the 90s. As a result, Mulaney turned out to be awkward. The show embraced the trapping of the 90s a little too much, it even used the antiquated laugh tracks.