The worst TV show finally comes to an end

The worst TV show finally comes to an end

The worst TV show finally comes to an end

Updated 01/13/2023 5:45 PM ET. Updates below.

Cancellations are on everyone’s mind these days. No one’s favorite show is safe unless that show is already a mega hit like Strange things. Between Netflix canceling many shows long before they had a chance to shine and the merger of Time Warner Discovery, which saw shows like Westworld fully removed from HBO Max, and the finished bat girl movie dropped at the 11th hour – it seems like nothing less than a Wednesday mega-hit is safe.

Now, even AMC has started bringing its shows to the chopping block.

“As human behavior continues to evolve, our industry is going through an unprecedented period of reflection and correction. Factors such as rising inflation, a tough advertising market, too many shows, and an over-reliance on streaming metrics that don’t necessarily generate profitability, have caused most content companies, including ourselves, to take stock and recalibrate their path forward,” said the AMC Chairman. Entertainment and AMC Studios recently said, as the company cut off the head of Hall of Fame, Moonhaven, 61st Street, Demascus and Invitation to a bonfire.

This was during AMC’s TCA press tour day according to Deadline, where the company was also highlighting its new slate of shows: Anne RiceThe Witches of Mayfair (January 8), Bob Odenkirk’s Lucky Hank (March 19) and the Maggie/Negan spin-off The Walking Dead: The Dead City (June).

Another show that will not pass the year: fear the living dead, a show that itself has been half-dead for the past five seasons, notable only for its ability to survive cancellation, no matter how dreadful it has become. Countless top shows have been canceled since he jumped the shark in Season 4, but FTWD managed to hang on to life, one ridiculously awful season after the next. I know. I’ve been reviewing it all this time.

The 8th season of the zombie prank will land on AMC on May 14 and will no doubt amaze us with its childish scripts, absurd plot, terrible direction and amazing story. I can not wait.

Oh, and here’s the teaser for Lucky Hank based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo. Aaron Zelman (Silicon Valley) and Paul Lieberstein (Office) are in showrunning.

Check out my worst and most disappointing shows of 2022 here.

Updated: 01/12/23

There are a lot of people who agree and a lot of people who disagree with my assessment that this is the “worst TV show”. I readily admit that it is right my personal opinion. I obviously don’t have the time or the inclination to watch. every tv show so I can’t say, with pure objectivity, that Fear the living dead is the worst of all. It’s just the worst show in my opinion of the shows that I personally watch and write about. I know the Kardashians exist and they do some kind of reality show that I’ve never watched. I don’t really understand who they are or why anyone cares about them, but I suspect it’s probably worse than Fear the living dead. But I can’t really make that claim without looking, can I?

If all of this makes you angry, great. Well, no, not well. You should being able to have an opinion separate from mine and even contrary to mine without it affecting your mood and without jumping to your keyboard to shout and moan at strangers. He’s not a healthy adult, folks. Not healthy at all. You should also be able to have a personality that exists with or without the shows you like. If you’ve tied your self-esteem so much to a show – one as shitty as Fear the living dead or one as bright as Breaking Bad-you have a problem and should probably ask for help.

It’s the more evil side of me that takes a little pleasure in people being so, very angry at my opinions, who seem to have never heard the word “criticism” before. Usually very angry people on Twitter resort to some sort of logical fallacy or another. No True Scotsman is very popular. The red herrings are a must.

And it’s good. It tickles my schadenfreude that you are so uncomfortable, you really are. Besides, I don’t care if you don’t like me. I’m rather confused as to why you would like Fear the walking dead! It’s a show that’s really, even objectively evil. I’m pretty sure the people making the show (cast, crew, writers, etc.) don’t even like it! I’m sure most of the actors we’ve seen killed over the last two or three seasons have asked to be killed, even begged. Here are some of the show’s most inane mistakes:

  • That scene where everyone was dying from antifreeze poisoning and they shoot the ethanol truck and ethanol is the cure for antifreeze poisoning but instead of grabbing everything they can to extract ethanol from holes as it spills out, they just watch it flow into the dirt and do nothing. Later, they are given beer and it cures them, although there is not enough ethanol in the beer to cure the antifreeze poisoning.
  • Speaking of beer, there was the whole “We don’t know how to fly a plane but we gotta save this one so we’re gonna fly a plane anyway and oh shit we crashed it and now we’re stuck in in the middle of landlocked Texas but for reasons we can’t leave until we fix the plane, so Strand flies to them with the parts they need in a hot air balloon shaped like a beer bottle. It was fun.
  • Or hey, how about the whole nuclear missile plot! They atomize the state of Texas into a radioactive wasteland, then don’t leave for reasons and instead spend the whole season fighting for an office tower because yeah, totally everyone wants to live surrounded by nuclear fallout and radiant zombies. This is definitely the life I want.

And those are just three things out of so many ridiculous things that have happened in Fear the living dead since the new showrunners took over after the excellent season 3. Of course, now Madison is back so it will be fine. How are you. Nothing to see here friends.

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Updated: 01/13/2023

What to expect in season 8

Since we’re already discussing Season 8, I thought now would be a good time to speculate on what’s to come. AMC has released information about the upcoming season and what to expect, including a synopsis, episode count and more. We’ll take a look.

Trailer

In the first trailer for Season 8, we find Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) under some sort of house arrest. Two women try to get her to eat by speaking condescendingly to her. One even says “We’ve got ways to make you eat,” which is hilarious and pretty much sets the tone for the season. I can not wait.

Synopsis

Taking place in two parts, the eighth and final season of Fear the Walking Dead kicks off with the first six episodes following the plans of Morgan (Lennie James) and Madison (Kim Dickens) to save Mo (Zoey Merchant) from PADRE and seven more later – Morgan, Madison, and the rest of the people they brought to the island live under the cynical rule of PADRE. With our characters demoralized and discouraged, the task of rekindling everyone’s belief in a better world is the person Morgan and Madison set out to save in the first place – now eight-year-old Mo.

The big reveal here is that we jumped forward seven years into the future for the second half of the final season, bringing Fear aware of the main show. This means that crosses (perhaps with The Walking Dead: The Dead City) are possible. Or maybe Morgan will sail to France and meet Daryl and they can ride motorcycles across the continent.

What irritates me about this plot is how much it resembles The walking Dead last season. PADRE is just another Commonwealth. Costs. What originality!

Number of episodes

The only good news here is the episode count, which has dropped to 12 from the usual 16. Walking Dead the shows have been too long for years. This leads to a lot of filler episodes and slows down the story, leading to many of the worst episodes. Twelve is a much better number.

Morgan after the time jump

Well, I think it’s Morgan after the time jump – his beard is much grayer in it! It suits him. Sigh. I continue to hope that Morgan will become a great character again. He was pretty interesting before they screwed him up in the main show. Then there was that brief moment at the start of Season 4 where it seemed like they were taking it in a new and interesting direction. But no. Soon it was an endless parade of “We need to help people fix the bad things we’ve done” spewing not just from Morgan’s mouth, but from every character on the show. THAT’S NOT WHY YOU HELP PEOPLE! GAH!

water world

The other thing we know about Season 8 is that it will apparently have more of an aquatic setting or theme. The showrunners like to “revise” the show each season rather than tell an organic story that flows from season to season, so you’ll notice these themes or settings change from season to season. Season 6 was meant to be like an anthology, where each little group of characters had their own story. Then season 7 was the theme of radiation. Meet Andrew Chambliss:

I think one thing that goes with the production of the show is that we’ve spent the last four seasons in Texas and we’re actually going to be moving the show to Savannah, Georgia which is on the water . And we end the season with Morgan and Madison going out on a boat. So I think it’s safe to say that Season 8 will have a very different environment than what we’ve seen before. And it will, in many ways, be water-centric.

In any case, this is what we know for the moment. Fear returns on May 14, 2023. ghost town arrives in June.

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