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2018: A Rough Year For TV

Chris Chalker, Student Life Editor

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It’s been a terrible year for TV. We have numerous shows that were canceled, shows that have cast members leaving, and plot twists that have ruined shows. Here’s a look at some of the shows that have either struggled or died off.

Designated Survivor

Despite a two year run, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland as President Tom Kirkman, was recently axed by ABC due to a fear of the direction the show would head in. Netflix is in talks to save the show and film seasons on their own, but nothing is confirmed yet. The show apparently suffered from creative difficulties after going through several showrunners, four of them to be exact, each having their own way of thinking and direction for the show to head, which took its toll on the cast (mainly on series lead, Kiefer Sutherland)

The Blacklist

The finale of NBC’S crime drama revealed to us that the bones FBI profiler Liz Keen was hunting down were those of her real father, the real Raymond Reddington, and the man she has been working with for the past five years is an impostor who is merely pretending to be Raymond Reddington. The twist was one that many saw coming and in the opinion of some, the choice for the show to reveal him as an imposter undermines the whole premise of the show and what has been built up in the last five years. The twist seems to be a bad move for the show, leaving many upset that the “fake Red” is not actually the father of Liz Keen.

Roseanne

Recently rebooted show Roseanne was renewed for another season by ABC this year. The reboot was very successful, drawing in numerous viewers and the show was actually doing well, netting 18 millions viewers for the premiere and 10 million for the finale. The series was even in pre-production for season two, but the sitcom was cancelled because of comments made by Roseanne Barr about Valerie Jarrett on social media. There has been talks of moving the show to another network, but it’s anyone’s guess since everyone involved with the show is distancing themselves from Barr. Of course, what would something like this be without politicizing it? The left is attacking Barr for her comment, which is understandable, but now, due to Trump’s comments about how good the show was, how impressed he was, and how great Barr was, he is under fire too despite having nothing to do with the comments she made. Trump endorsed the show and the actress on screen. Her didn’t come out and support her for making racist comments or anything even remotely close.

The Walking Dead

Although viewers are flocking from the show left and right (ratings for the show are at a six year low) and fans were in an uproar over the death of Carl Grimes last season, news has come out that Andrew Lincoln is planning to leave The Walking Dead in its upcoming 9th season, more than likely meaning that Rick Grimes will be dead by the end of the series, which will follow the other survivors. Lincoln’s departure will more than likely lead to a further decline in ratings as viewers may not watch the show without Rick, myself included. Following the atrocious seasons seven and eight and the departure of Carl Grimes sending fans into an uproar, it seems as though the show has been on a road to crash and burn for a while and the departure of Andrew Lincoln is sure to have the same devastating effect. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be much hope left for the zombie apocalypse series to recover from its losses.

Fear The Walking Dead

Fan favorite from Fear The Walking Dead, Nick Clark, suffered a tragic fate early on this season when he was fatally shot in the chest by a young girl for killing her father figure. Nick’s death caused outrage on social media and many states they were done watching the show without Nick. Frank Dillane, the actor who portrays Nick, apparently requested to be written off the show last season so he could work on other projects. Since Travis Manawa had died this season due to his actor, Cliff Curtis, being given a role in Avatar, Dillane had to wait for this season and was written off really early on. A very bad move for Fear, as it is moving towards the same dangerous territory that the parent show is.

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