…shouldn’t have left you without some reviews to guide you. I haven’t traversed this landscape in a minute, but for good reason. I recently required a freelance position writing for an actual site. Bylines other than my personal blogs and it’s been great. But I miss the original space here and intend to produce content on a more frequent basis. Let’s quickly run back spring’s televised goodness.
A fury of new comedies and dramas caught my attention; but a select few remained on my radar. ABC received my most time. New comedies blackish and Fresh Off The Boat shook the table showcasing more non-black actors as well as quality humor. How to Get Away With Murder reignited TGIT as both Greys and Scandal struggled through their respective seasons. The legal thriller topped its predecessors’ ratings ensuring Thursday’s still belong to Shonda. Spring’s midsesson replacement, American Crime, succeeded critically despite some ratings woes. But the mini-series garnered a second season.
ABC’s biggest surprise came in the action-packed Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. The expansion of the cinematic Marvel universe crossovered in the televised series garnering some of the best superhero drama this year. It’s two-hour finale opened yet another Marvel franchise fans will eventually explore on the silver screen.
Speaking of superheroes, Fox delved into the foray with pre-Batman Gotham. While it won renewal, it’s a far representation of the caped crusader. It never consistently delivered the Batman universe with a balance of comic noir and 21st century realism. Hopefully like SHIELD it can become more focused in its next season. In addition to Fox, The CW continued to champion two tour-de-force comic series: it’s ratings cash cow Arrow; and DC Comics newcomer, The Flash. Both cultivated enough viewers for the network to spawn 2016’s Legends of Tomorrow.
This season’s mega hit was Fox’s surprise hip-hop act Empire. The musical family soap captured America by storm and the ratings by the throat. Each hour long episode secured more viewership making it the second highest success story of 2015. So great it’s planned second season for 2016 was transferred to this fall, and totaling a full order of 18 episodes.
Apart from regular cable Netlifx garnered much of my time due to Francis and Claire’s occupation of the White House in House of Cards.The third season may have been the least thrilling, but it etched a perfect storm for season 4. Along with the political mudslinging in fictional DC, Marve began its superhero arc with Hell’s Kitchen’s Daredevil. Aligning the blind crusader with a grittier origin tale, it received rave reviews setting a high precedent for the pending series to follow.
While I await the return of these epic shows in the fall, summer’s series are already rolling out. I’m binging now to witness NBC’s Hannibal, and am eagerly awaiting the third run of Orange Is the New Black. I also need to experiencec The 100, which seemed to be a breakout hit. Whatever else happens, I’ll make sure to bring it hear so you can read along.