‘The Following’ Season 4 was Cancelled by Fox Because the TV Series Became a Victim of Lazy Writing!

When in doubt, blame the writer.

Even though in TV, not one word, one idea, one storyline or arc, ever makes it to the screen without being approved (and many times demanded) by a menagerie of executives.

Read it and weep, future scapegoats:


by Kazem Sedighzadeh

Season 4 of the American thriller drama TV series “The Following” starring Kevin Bacon was cancelled by Fox just days after its Season 3 finale aired on May 18 last year.

 While many attributed the cancellation to poor ratings of the TV series that started to show beginning in its second season, critics think that “The Following,” just like many other shows before it, has fallen victim to lazy writing, notes Variety.

Based on its two-hour Season 3 finale, “The Following” actually reflected how it squandered its assets, with the end coming two years and many dozens of killings, which was a bit too late.

The mind games between Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy and James Purefoy’s Joe Caroll may have been the lifeblood of the show, but “The Following” overstayed its welcome among many of its viewers and had a grim streak beginning in Season 2 all the way to Season 3.

The series should have ended with the cat-and-mouse game between Hardy and Caroll but the show’s modest first season success necessitated a new season and new wrinkles as well, thus unleashing several rival sets of psychopaths to sustain the program in the next two seasons.

Eventually, everyone realized that the show was using a very tired formula so it wandered off from its basic premise as Ryan begin to go a bit crazy himself especially when his nemesis Caroll was finally executed.

With Purefoy’s character gone, there was not much for the show to move forward to because of the apparent lazy writing as the writers no longer want to think outside of the box, thus confining the show to its own walls.

While “The Following” had a solid cast of supporting actors including Shawn Ashmore, the TV show actually wasted great talents like Zuleikha Robinson and Jessica Stroup, who became mere footnotes in the TV series….

Read it all at MasterHerald

munchman’s NOTE: OTOH, dude got this article exactly right. Go figure. ‘Graceland’ Was Cancelled by USA Network for Season 4 Because It Does Not Own the Series

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/16/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • John Schumacher is the new VP of development at Black Label Media, which in and of itself is no big deal. The big deal for new writers is that the company has put Schumacher in charge of its new Writer’s Lab, and that the Lab’s first project is a program involving new writers developing “original ideas” for the company. (Right now the ideas seem to be for films only – no TV? Boo! – but anything designed to help new writers gets a round of applause from This Boy!)
  •  Chris Sparling (BURIED) is writing the pilot for an NBC series based on the Stephen King short story Aryana.” (Cuz, you know, if you run out of comic books to adapt you can always turn to SK. Or is it the other way around? No way Yers Trooly can keep track of how many Stevie projects are up and around screens of all sizes.)
  • Al Waller (AMERICAN DAD) has written the pilot for Fox’s QUEEN OF EVERYTHING, an animated comedy about “an evil queen who…realizes that running a Queendom isn’t easy when you have no people skills and everyone hates you.” (Aw, c’mon, admit it. It sounds funny, doesn’t it? And…AMERICAN DAD!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/14/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Sam Catlin (BREAKING BAD) has been announced as showrunner for AMC’s PREACHER, a sort of “unGodly” series based on a comic book by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon which is being adapted by a couple guys named Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. (The comic has everything a twisted soul like Yers Trooly could love – an angry preacher trying to track down God and make Him pay for His sins, a loving lady vampire sidekick, and an immortal killing machine of a nemesis. God or no God, This Boy’s in heaven at just the thought of seeing the show on TV.)
  •  Regina Hicks & Karin Gist (nope, Yers Trooly has no idea who they are) are writing DRUMLINE: A NEW BEAT, a sequel to DRUMLINE (um, not the New Beat, it seems) as a TV movie for VH1. (And it’s going to star Nick Cannon again! Ooh! Well, better Nick than his diva wife whatsername anyway.)
  • Andre & Maria Jacquemetton (MAD MEN) are adapting the comic book DMZ into a drama series at Syfy. (Another hit in the making! After all, who can resist a future in which Manhattan is the demilitarized zone in a future post civil war – yeppers, a new one, not that business with Abe Lincoln and all – ? Still, ya gotta wonder. How much more chewy comic book goodness can TV audiences that aren’t as nutso as some of us take?)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/12/14

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  • John Scalzi‘s Hugo award winning s-f novel, Redshirts, is being developed into a mini-series on FX. The book is as in, hip, and trendy as you can get, show what happens to an ensign on a 25th Century starship when he realizes that somebody always dies on every away mission and that somebody is always an ensign – like him. Roddenberry woulda loved it, no? (Yers Trooly thinks this is cooler than shit, plus this is an open assignment. Get your agent on the horn quick. Get the writing gig!)
  • Speaking of science fiction, Todd Slavkin & Darren Schwimmer (SMALLVILLE) are showrunning Syfy’s upcoming supernatural type series, DOMINION. (So if you know ’em, it’s definitely time to take these boys to lunch. Oh, hell, even if you don’t know em!)
  • Timothy Patrick McLanahan (evidently a newb) is suing Tom Cruise, Brad Grey and all the production companies and studios involved in the making of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PATROL for, you know, “copyright infringement.” (Which our favorite copyright attorney tells me is exactly the wrong thing to do even if the facts favor Tim cuz there’s a statutory damages limitation on on that particular allegation and legal costs start at fifty gs. Go for more gold, Timmy. C’mon, give the Man real hell!