Unlike the big four networks, The CW only airs 10 hours of original primetime programming each week, which means there’s far less time slots that needed to be filled. Hence the meager renewal and cancellation list below.
Unlike ABC, CBS knows exactly what it is – the home to police procedurals and multi-camera sitcoms.
It’s also the ‘Most Watched Broadcast Network’ for a sixth year in a row, so apparently the American audience has not yet tired of crime scenes, cops, and canned laughter.
Only 30% of ABC’s freshman scripted series from the last four years have lived to see a second season. (Here’s the breakdown by year in case you were wondering – 2010-2011: 22%, 2011-2012: 46%, 2012-2013: 22%, 2013-2014: 25%.)
I followed all the recent TV cancellation and renewal action on Twitter this year, and while there was plenty of snark, relief, and anguish expressed in 140 characters or less, there was also a lot of talk about this year being a bloodbath in the cancellation department.
On Friday, CBS picked up CSI: Cyber, the newest installment in the long-lasting Crime Scene Investigation franchise. Unlike its predecessors, CSI: Cyber isn’t limited to solving crimes in just one region of the United States, instead it will take on the nefarious ‘under-world’ of the Internet. So that should be plenty terrifying to CBS’s technology-weary older skewing audience.
Even though I enjoy many forms of pop culture and have been to New York Comic Con twice in the last two years, I still haven’t picked up a comic book in a very very long time. (I used to buy Animaniacs comics and other random issues of X-Men and Wonder Woman from a local flea market circa 1995.)
With TV being a visual medium and all, it’s not surprising that many shows utilize some sort of promotional poster for advertising purposes.
You’ve seen them before – as magazine ads, on billboards, or plastered on the side of a bus. I always notice them most often in the late summer, right before the kickoff of the traditional broadcast TV season.
And while most of these ‘posters’ are perfectly adequate in creating brand awareness or taking up ad space, many don’t strive for anything beyond mediocrity. The standard seems to be a heavily photo-shopped cast shot, a seemingly clever tag line, and the title of the show. (See the Chicago Fire poster to the right.)
Some series however have really embraced the art of the TV promotional poster, creating visually striking images or clever homages:
And then there’s a few marketing departments that go above and beyond.
Community has always been one to do things differently, so its no surprise that the series has inspired some amusing artwork over the years from its fans and marketing departments alike.
Remember the first time NBC tried to remove Community from their schedule? That led to these cool posters from graphic artist Jon Defreest.
More recently, Sony Pictures Television created a bunch of parody posters to nudge NBC to renew the series in order to help the Greendale gang fulfill their destiny of #sixseasonsandamovie.
And then there’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a show that had a stereotypical promotional poster and an equally lackluster start.
But boy have the tides changed.
Despite a disjointed airing schedule in the beginning of 2014, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began to find itself, just in time for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to shake things up and let it’s Marvel Cinematic Universe #itsallconnected promise payoff.
And with its new found momentum came a consecutive airing schedule and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven” – a new piece of art for each of the remaining six episodes, each by a different popular comic book artist.
Which is not only a cool way to tease what’s to come, but also an intelligent way to connect it back to it’s comic book roots.
Bottom line, I know that for all intents and purposes these works of art are advertising based, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the few that go above and beyond the bare minimum to create something clever.