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All Your Favorite Shows Will Be Cancelled: Next Summer's Going To Blow

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | September 11, 2013 | Comments ()


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I was already worried about the state of television next summer because when Breaking Bad goes off the air at the end of this year there’s nothing slated to fill that cavernous hole in August. I mean, it’s certainly not going to be Low Winter Sun. Not even Mark Strong’s mum is watching that show.

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Sure, The Newsroom was renewed for a third season. At least a complicated love/hate watch of that show will keep your heart rate up. But still the only great show anchoring the back end of summer is Broadchurch. But there’s a troubling rumor that series stars David Tennant and Olivia Coleman may not return. And we can all admit, even if it means we were wrong before, that The Bridge has gotten much better in the last few episodes. It’s been renewed but they’re replacing the long season arc (they have to) with more episodic mysteries. That sounds not nearly as interesting.
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That enduring clustersuck, True Blood will creak out its final season next year and if the finale is any indication, they’re going full blownsies with this Vampires vs. Zombie Vampires concept. So that should be deliciously terrible. Of course the breakaway pop hit of the summer, Orange Is The New Black, is coming back next year but rumor has it Netflix will be running it earlier in 2014. No official date has been announced. But the real surprise of the summer was the third season of AMC’s The Killing. After an almost brilliant first season and a slog of a second season, they knocked it out of the park in season three. Everything was firing on all cylinders and I was really looking forward to finding out the consequences of Linden’s final act. AND THOSE BASTARDS CANCELLED IT. Again. Just when it was getting good. So f*ck you, AMC. F*ck you from the bottom of my heart. At least they went out on top. Cheers.
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  • okayflint

    I came in here hoping that The Killing had something to do with this post. I hated the first two seasons and found the third to be absolutely fantastic. Most of the coverage/commentary on it's cancellation has been "the show you stopped watching" and/or "they finally killed the killing", and it's like "NO GUYS THE THIRD SEASON WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY AWESOME IT'S CANCELLATION IS NOT A GOOD THING"

  • I was going to say "It's summertime, why don't you get your ass off the couch and go outside before you start to grow mushrooms on yourself?" (Dustin's obituary post made me think of how decent my father was and now I can't stop channeling him, apparently) but I guess that header picture answers my question.

    Plus, saying that reminds me I need to finish watching Season 1 of 'Hannibal.'

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Well, perhaps The Killing would have gotten renewed if it hadn't annoyed so many viewers with the end of season one.
    Sorry, I don't care how many rainbows everyone thinks Holder shits, this is television, you need to build your audience - not frustrate and annoy them in hopes they'll stick around for season three, when the show decides to get interesting.

  • JoannaRobinson

    The tragedy, Dorothy, is that though the show fumbled it's very generous early buzz and audience, it redeemed itself entirely in the third season. It was cancelled, they brought it back, the put on an EXCELLENT show and they got cancelled again anyway.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    But if you fail a paper, you can't just turn in an excellent paper two years later and expect your grade to be changed.

    I'll agree with you that season three was great (especially the Ray Seward bits), but it took me no less than five friends all but begging me to watch to start up again.

    I doubt everyone had such passionate advocates for the show.

    Also, I sometimes feel that the effusive praise the third season got is related to how surprised everyone one was that the show rebounded from a dismal season. I still wouldn't rank it with Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or even Justified, but the third season was very good.

  • TCH

    I am going to have to agree it got ridiculous and squandered a great deal of good will with lazy story telling.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Can someone tell me why the "summer TV sucks" thing still goes? Don't we demand more? TV is so damn good now, how can there be a single season that lacks quality?

    some bullshit right there.

  • lowercase_ryan

    They cancelled The Killing??? The show finally figured it out and they cancelled it?? God dammit. My insides are boiling, I'm just livid and I'm not used to this. What do I do? I want to rub an executive's nose in dogshit in a board meeting. I want important people to laugh hysterically at this faceless exec's lack of intelligence in front of his wife and kids. I want so many irrationally mean and horrible things to happen to those responsible.

    I'll be in my dojo. R.I.P. Holder :(

    ps: NADINE FINISH THE SEASON!!!!

  • frozen01

    I continue to lament the fact that I just couldn't get into Breaking Bad. Everyone loves it, and it seems like the sort of show I would like, too. I don't know what it is, but I've tried three times to get into it. I can't connect with the characters, and I don't find the story engaging beyond considering it an interesting concept. I had the exact same problem with Walking Dead.

  • Wicked

    Thing is, Breaking Bad gets a better once season 2 starts. This happened to me as well, once I got to season 2 I was hooked! I mean.. fucking Jessie man... that guy is it.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Now see, I kind of disagree. I found Season 1 highly entertaining and surprisingly light-hearted at times. And the subsequent seasons haven't let me down either.

  • Robert

    So, wait. Did Season 3 of The Killing actually finish the storyline they started in the first episode or did the writers decide two seasons for one story arc was a good pace for the show again? That's why I didn't watch. Couldn't commit to not knowing the who of a who done it show again.

  • JoannaRobinson

    It all wrapped up but the final act opened a world of possibilities for next season. I swear to you, they did everything right this time.

  • dizzylucy

    I am desperately going to miss Breaking Bad, but who knows, some other great show might happen next summer. Or I'll actually get other stuff done and not watch so much TV.

    I'll still bitch about it, but I'll enjoy the last season of True Blood.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Outlander is coming in February. I know at least 17 of us are very excited about it: Jamie Is Coming. Je Suis Pres.

  • Mrs. Julien

    From now on, I'm going to introduce the topic of my herpes with the expression "full blownsies". It's adorable!

  • JoannaRobinson

    H/T The League

  • DickFromage

    I also liked to see Adam Brody again, even if he will eventually die in a bed and make Denzel Washington cry.

  • Katylalala

    I choked when I was watching The League and Ruxin made that comment. Such nonchalance. I mean I get that that's the point and so, well, good job The League, you did it!

  • ed newman

    Woe is me. Summer is going to suck for original programming. Welcome to the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's, bitch!

    But even if dismal summer programming is back, we have all kinds of streaming opportunities and DVDs to catch up on great TV that we have missed. Save OITNB for the summer if you must. I figure to catch up on The Good Wife next summer.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    also...the outdoors?

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I think we have to acknowledge that with "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones" and "Hannibal" all coming back at the same time next year, spring season is now more important than summer season.

  • JoannaRobinson

    "Important" is fine but for f*ck's sake couldn't they spread it out? If only to spare my DVR? The Mad Men/GOT concurrency is the bane of my existence.

  • TV Genie

    *POOF!*

    Your wish has been granted. GoT season 4 will now be delayed another five months. Hope you're happy.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Seriously. I'm already done Friday morning after "Hannibal" and the weekend's just getting started.

  • BWeaves

    I'm really enjoying Broadchurch, but it does seem like a one-off to me. I wikied the ending (which I will not repeat here) because I always read the last page of a book first. I don't see how they can continue the show with the same characters, or even in the same town, which would mean it wouldn't be called Broadchurch. It's just too small a place to have so much mayhem occur on a regular basis.

    It reminds me to never move to any little village where Miss Marple lives. She seems to be the catalyst for too many murders.

  • So you're saying Miss Marple's the killer? Interesting....

  • BWeaves

    No, I never said that. I just said that the villagers seem to think, "Hum, Miss Marple just moved to town. I must kill someone now in the most obscure way possible, so that the police are clueless, but senile little old ladies can figure it out."

  • No, but I think it's the perfect cover for a serial killer. Be the sleuth solving the murders.

    Always build a solid case against someone else, then cackle to yourself while you look for your next victim.

  • BWeaves

    HUM! I like it.

  • frozen01

    Wouldn't be the first time a TV continued under a different name (see Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes)

  • DickFromage

    Never go to Cabott Cove either, wherever the fuck it is.

  • BWeaves

    I also never dig in my garden after watching Rosemary & Thyme.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Cabott Cove is a death trap! I always wanted to see a show where it was revealed that Jessica Fletcher was like Dexter, and caused all this mayhem.

  • Wigamer

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who spoiled Broadchurch for themselves!

  • $65530708

    "So f*ck you, AMC. F*ck you from the bottom of my heart."

    YEP. This pretty much sums up my feelings toward AMC after they cancelled Rubicon. With Breaking Bad and Mad Men ending (next year) I'm done with
    the "Story Matters" network.

  • Semilitterate

    Really enjoyed "The Killing" 1st two seasons, waiting till Netflix puts up the 3rd and then I'll binge watch it. Great show.

    Second thought: Maybe this show would be a great candidate for a Nexflix Original season or two.

  • Wicked

    Man Men is ending NEXT YEAR? NO. Do not tell me that!

  • Guest

    Apparently now it doesn't end until 2015!

    F*CK YOU AMC.

    http://www.avclub.com/articles...

  • $65530708

    I KNOW!

  • Mrs. Julien

    We hate-watch Mad Men. Where will I direct my invective once it is gone?

  • $65530708

    You Hate-Watch Mad Men ...? Explain.

    There's always The Newsroom or The Walking Dead to fill the void.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It's a beautifully wrought soap opera about ennui. I find it 5 times more interesting in the reviews here and Tom and Lorenzo's analysis of the fashion than in the viewing. Everyone's existence is bleak and joyless, even the children reside in some sort of metaphysical abyss. It's a world with not one single person in a good mood or generally happy. It's the negative image of a Disney sitcom.

    And yet we watch.

  • Matt Grippi

    Um EXCUSE ME? Name a more generally happy guy than Bob Benson! He murders geriatric women with dementia but he does it with a big-ol smile on his face

  • Guest

    Ken Cosgrove seems like the only one who is happy (especially since Bob Benson took over Chevy).

  • Mrs. Julien

    And what happened to the happy guy?

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