On the latest edition of KCRW's The Spin-Off, Joe and I are joined by the Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg to talk about development season, among other topics:
Gilmore Girls now joins the ranks of old shows that will get a second chance at an ending on Netflix. Reboots, reunions and new takes on familiar franchises have been a standby of the industry for decades, but fall's wave of old titles coming back from the grave has people wondering if the trend is one worth pursuing, given that so many of these reboots flop.
Other development trends of the season include trying to find the Empire element in everything and the elusive search for high-concept comedies in the vein of Last Man on Earth.
Now that we're almost a month into the fall season, the overall response to the broadcast offerings continues to be...meh. Female-led dramas like Quantico and Blindspot are having the most success, and may soon be joined by Supergirl. Other highly anticipated shows like The Muppets just haven't landed quite right, possibly because they were rushed to air.
And while show-runner changes and re-castings are par for the course for new shows, a full half of this year's freshman shows had some kind of major retooling behind the scenes. That doesn't always mean a death knell for a show, but it can perhaps be an indication that the current system of making so many mediocre pilots is fundamentally broken.