Back in September, I made some predictions about how the new shows premiering in the fall would fare, and now that stage two of the TV season has begun, it is time to make some more wildly premature predictions.
This new crop of shows premiering in the coming weeks are of a different variety than the shows that I profiled in the fall - there, they were shows that looked to the past - to fairy tales, to the 1960s, to Prehistoric eras - as a source of inspiration. These new shows keep the focus in the present, but with an angle that brings them in line with what have worked before - on television, or in movie theaters.
But before we get to that, I'll address my predictions from last time:
My Prediction: 3 seasons
Result: Looks like it might just limp to a season 2 - but not much more beyond that.
My Prediction: 1 season
Result: Still going, weakly, and a cancellation notice is all but inevitable.
Person of Interest
My Prediction: 5+ Seasons
Result: The ratings are good and getting better. It remains to be seen if five seasons was too optimistic, but it's well on its way.
The Playboy Club
My Prediction: 13 Episodes or less.
Result: 3 episodes aired, 4 more produced. My most successful prediction thus far.
Once Upon a Time
My Prediction: 2 seasons.
Result: It looks like it'll get to season 2 going strong, instead of just barely getting there.
My Prediction: DOA, 3 or 4 episodes.
Result: It's made it to episode 8 already, and while Season 2 is no certainty, Grimm showed up much stronger than I expected.
Now, onto the new crop!
The River seems to be coming at a perfect time: mockumentary shows are popular, horror television seems to be making a comeback, and the Paranormal Activity movie franchise has proven to be something of a cash cow for Hollywood. This found-footage style drama created by the original Paranormal Activity director seems poised to steal some of those viewers. Or will it?
Another J.J. Abrams-produced show, with mystery, Islands, and Jorge Garcia. Of the many shows attempting to catch LOST's lightning, Alcatraz has the talent behind it (including former LOST writers Elizabeth Sarnoff and Jennifer Johnson) to potentially back that up. Will it finally break out of the pack and assert itself as its own show?
A sequel to the 1991 novel and the 1993 movie, this new NBC show starring Josh Lucas was given a 22 episode order without broadcasting a single episode. As described by its showrunner, it's still about a man in a suit being chased around. Though its source material has been a little forgotten over the years, NBC hopes this will reinvigorate it.
Though its creators have been quick to brush off comments that GCB seems to be ABC's attempt for a new Desperate Housewives, it is angling completely to be the new hit prime-time soap opera. Originally titled Good Christian Bitches based on the book, and then changed to Good Christian Belles, and finally GCB, the show has generated a tiny bit of controversy just for its title.
Tim Kring's (Heroes) latest show has a concept that seems better fit for a film than a TV show - perhaps because it was a film, and that film was called Knowing. However its similarities to the other children's-random-number-strings-predicts-disasters films, it does have several things going for it: Kring, who may have some good-will left over from Heroes, and Jack Bauer himself.
NBC is banking big on Smash this winter, and for good reason: It rides on several of the most popular waves in television at the moment: It combines Broadway musical flair with a hint of singing-competition - like Glee meets The Voice. If there's anything we know Americans like, it's singing shows. Were you aware that The Singing Bee is still on television?