TV Cuts, Renewals & Pick-Ups | Recap

Michael Pitt as Mason Verger in Hannibal

Occasionally, I drop a teacup to shatter on the floor, on purpose. 
I’m not satisfied when it doesn’t gather itself up again. 
— Hannibal Lecter

In Kō No Mono, Will Graham has finally redeemed himself; after three dubious episodes where everything looked exceptional but stood on shaky ground, Hannibal viewers can now sigh of relief: our mentally unstable hero is not the villain’s sidekick, the FBI is not as clueless as it looks, and Alana is beginning to open her lust-blinded eyes (though who could blame her, really). We also got a rare insight into Hannibal’s past, where he mentions his sister Mischa. But most importantly, Will shares our thoughts on Mason’s haircut. So much was going on in this one that it almost makes me want to write Hannibal recaps.

Take a moment to appreciate Mad’s facial expressions in this episode. 

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in Supernatural‘s King of the Damned

Another show that took the right turn this week was Supernatural (again, such a relief). These days series usually drag out conflicts for so long, that when Abaddon died I was actually surprised — and very pleased. We can now focus on getting heaven in order (not my favourite), and what the Cain mark is doing to Dean. But the best thing was getting some more info on Crowley‘s past; it’s always a pleasure to see some good character development. And also, yet again, really funny.

Bradley Whitford and Malin Akerman, in Trophy Wife — R.I.P 
Still on television,
it’s that time of the year where the fate of every TV show is decided:

Who’s Out

The Carrie Diaries, Almost Human, Trophy Wife (WHY), Community, The Crazy Ones, Hostages, Dracula, Mixology, Crisis, Hello Ladies (WHY?!), The Michael J. Fox Show, Bloodlines (phew!) Sean Saves the World, Raising Hope.

Who’s Coming Back

Hannibal, The Mentalist, Modern Family, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, About a Boy, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, Hart of Dixie, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Bates Motel, Parks and Recreation (last season), New Girl, The Big Bang Theory, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Originals, Shameless, Boardwalk Empire (last season), Masters of Sex, Girls, Law and Order: SVU (duh).

Ben McKenzie as Comissioner Gordon in Gotham
Fall Rookies

Gotham: the life of a young Commissioner Gordon, played by O.C. star Ben McKenzie – I’m giving this a shot.
Angie Tribeca: cop comedy with Rashida Jones and produced by the Carells — has everything to be hilarious.
A to Z: comedy starring Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman and How I Met Your Mother‘s Cristin Milioti — looks cute, should soothe the hearts of the everyone on Team Mom, and he looks like a young RDJ.
How to Get Away With Murder: produced by Shonda Rhimes and starring Viola Davis, who plays a law professor and criminal defense attorney — friendly advice, don’t get attached to the characters.
American Crime: written and produced by John Ridley, from 12 Years a Slave I hear Emmys. 
The Visitors: alien drama produced by Spielberg, and starring Milo Ventimiglia — ALIENS.

Josh Hartnertt and Eva Green in Penny Dreadful 
Bonus: What I’m Watching this Summer

Penny Dreadful, The Fall, and Luther (thanks Nik), Bates Motel (hey Katy), True Blood (there’s no going back now), Parade’s End (Cumberbaaatch), and the new season of Suits (Elinaaa). Have you seen any of these?

Did your favourite shows make the cut?

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  • Trophy Wife was a good comedy (at least in my opinion), so I was sad to see it go. Same goes for Raising Hope.

    • I didn’t follow the new episodes of Raising Hope, but any time there were reruns on TV I’d watch them. And I agree about Trophy Wife, I really liked that show, too. They say the audiences weren’t big enough and the cast was too expensive :/

  • I think you forgot something in the last one, Sofia. SUITS!!! June 11th. Mark your calendar. 😉

    Shonda Rhimes is the asshole responsible for Grey’s Anatomy, right? Huh. Looking forward for that show. Maybe. The Originals is doing so well with fans, no surprise there. But SHAMELESS!!!! Yeaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!! (I might be a tiny bit obsessed.) Thanks for this post, it’s always great to know this stuff!

    • Oh my god you’re right!! Totally forgot, I’m gonna add it to the list. Can’t wait !!

      She is, haha! I like Shonda, but she constantly kills my favourite characters. I *am* looking forward to it — Octavia Spencer is a great actress, and it’s a legal show which I also like… I hope it’s good. Shameless is awesome, I’m always a bit frustrated when a season ends.

      You’re welcome! I thought it would be useful for other TV addicts like me. I’ll keep updating it if any more news come through (like the fact that the next Parks and Rec season will be its last… 🙁 )

      • I stopped watching GA for good when Lexie and Mark died — I’d stopped after George’s death and Izzie’s leaving, too, but I found my way back. But killing my favourite characters on the show AND my OTP was too much. I hope the new show will be great — I love law shows too!

  • Josh

    I should watch more TV shows. I started the first seasons of Luther and Game of Thrones, but never finished them. Essentially, the only shows I’ve watched recently are Sherlock and House of Cards, and I haven’t even watch HOC Season 2 yet! I did buy True Detective recently though, so I’ll hopefully be watching it soon. 🙂

    • I’m a rather big TV shows watcher, mainly because they don’t take too much of my time. But lately the amount of really good series has seriously grown.

      House of Cards is so great, you HAVE to watch the second season! And True Detective is unique, I’d definitely recommend it.

      I’m watching the final episode of Luther today and seriously, it has become one of my favourite shows. But I was completely in love with it from the start, so I guess it’s a matter of whether you like that kind of show or not. :/