TV News: THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, and More, R.I.P.

Written by Paul Mount Friday, 09 May 2014

TV News

The TV genre casualties are starting to stack up as the US networks begin to announce their schedules for the Autumn/Fall and to make way for new titles some shows are inevitably falling by the wayside. Fox announced last week that futuristic cop drama Almost Human won’t be back in the 2014/15 season and now the CW Network have confirmed what’s been suspected for some months - The Tomorrow People is no more. The slick, enjoyable remake of the classic 1970s British kid’s show has seen its ratings tumble ever since it posted decent figures for its debut episode back in October and even a recent move to a Monday night timeslot (away from the Wednesday slot it had been underperforming in) couldn’t arrest the decline. The season - now series - finale which aired this Monday (May 5th) pulled in less than half the viewers of the very first episode. The Tomorrow People airs until July on E4 in the UK.

Less surprisingly, the CW Network have also cancelled Star-Crossed, its teen sci-fi drama about aliens and humans co-existing after an alien spacecraft crash lands on Earth. The show has fared even worse than The Tomorrow People in the US - the most recent episode only interested 870,000 viewers (even the debut episode could only manage 1.28 million) and the series finale airs next week in the US. Star-Crossed airs on Sky One in the UK.

Already renewed by the CW Network are its established this Supernatural (for an extraordinary tenth season), Arrow (for a third year), The Vampire Diaries (for a sixth season) and its spin-off The Originals (for its second season) and even poorly-performing remake of Beauty and the Beast (for a third year) Freshman genre series The 100, which has been faring reasonably well in the ratings, has also been renewed for a second series. The 100 begins in the UK in July. 

Also gone from the schedule is NBC’s Believe, pulled from the schedule following a run of disappointing ratings. The series, the co-creation of by Alfonso (Gravity) Cuaron, concerns the exploits of supernaturally-powered child named Bo, on the run with her reluctant protector from forces eager to get their hands on her and her powers. The show, airing on Watch in the UK, began in March with nearly 11 million viewers in the US but numbers rapidly fell away and the most recent episode pulled in only 4.93 million viewers.

More news on what’s in and out on the US TV networks in the coming weeks…

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0 #3 Paul Mount 2014-05-09 14:40
That's found 'its' feet, of course...I seem to have developed fingerslexia when typing lately!
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0 #2 Paul Mount 2014-05-09 14:39
Indeed. The show found tis feet after about the episodes but seems to have lost its way again as it approaches its finale. A few different adversaries and threats might have shaken things up a bit, and perhaps even a bit more sci-fi content.
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0 #1 jock123 2014-05-09 14:27
Sorry to hear about the demise of “The Tomorrow People”, which has, on the whole, been a stronger and better show than the dismal but much vaunted, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”.
Biggest problem with it, IMHO, was that they remained fixated on the group itself (with its overtones of a US High School series, all pouts and big hair), and the tonally flat “conflict” with Jedekiah. If they had established that, and then moved on, only visiting it now and then, it would have let them have stories which actually looked at investigating and using their powers in a wider world.
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