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 Rice‘The 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 incredible 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.
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 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 it 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.