NBC continued to solidify its lineup for the 2014-15 broadcast season, axing drama Revolution after two seasons and canceling freshmen Believe and Growing Up Fisher.
Hardly the ratings heavyweight it was early in its first season, Revolution made up for its softer numbers with remarkable consistency and handsome DVR growth. The sophomore season of the J.J. Abrams-produced Warner Bros. Television drama has averaged a 1.4 rating in the key demo in live-plus-same-day viewing and improved to a 2.4 rating after seven days.
Time-shifting also has the series averaging 7.5 million viewers. Many chalked up the season-two drops as a result of losing its Voice lead-in, but Revolution ended its first year on a softer note despite the generous pairing with NBC’s top show. The Blacklist, which scored NBC’s first renewal for the 2014-15 season back in December, has proven to be a much stronger performer.
The news comes as NBC has picked up DC Comics-themed Hellblazer drama Constantine to series. It joins dramas Odyssey, Constantine, Mysteries of Laura and Allegiance at the network.
For Abrams, meanwhile, Revolution‘s cancellation comes a week after Fox canceled his Almost Human after one season. The prolific producer still has CBS’ already renewed Person of Interest and NBC’s bubble drama Believe in contention.
Things were not looking good for either limited efforts Crisis or Believe at the start of the May sweep. NBC decided early on to pull the pair of dramas from their Sunday slots, despite relatively steady performances. The J.J. Abrams-backed Believe got a solid sampling with a Monday premiere after The Voice, though nowhere near up to snuff with Blacklist numbers, and quickly settled on Sunday. Season-to-date, the Alfonso Cuaron-produced series from Warner Bros. Television is averaging a 2.0 rating in the key demo. (That’s with DVR boosts and the Monday debut.) It has also had the unfortunate distinction of facing off against one of midseason’s lone hits: ABC’s Resurrection. The rival drama, similarly supernatural, has owned the hour since its March launch. Creatively, the drama stumbled to find its footing early on, changing showrunners three times before its debut.
Rand Ravich‘s Crisis has been posting a somewhat more modest 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers in the incredibly unforgiving hour of 10 p.m. on Sundays. Neither Believe nor Crisis has been much of a success with critics, though 20th Century Fox TV’s Crisis did garner several favorable reviews.
As for Growing Up Fisher — the 1990s-set family comedy starring J.K. Simmons as a blind dad — like About a Boy, it has largely benefited from its proximity to The Voice as part of NBC’s Tuesday-night lineup, though not as well. The comedy from D.J. Nash (Up All Night) and Universal Television has averaged a 1.7 among adults under 50, better than the already renewed Parks and Recreation and perennial bubble show Community.
There is another interview with Elizabeth here, unfortunately I can’t seem to embed this one.
“Revolution” executive producer Rockne S. O’Bannon and cast members Elizabeth Mitchell (Rachel) and Stephen Collins (Rachel’s father Gene) headed down to Anaheim, Calif. on Friday (April 17) to host a WonderCon panel in advance of the final four episodes of Season 2. After showing a sizzle reel of the season so far and teasing the final four episodes, O’Bannon surprised the audience by revealing that “Revolution” creator Eric Kripke was at that very same moment pitching Season 3 to the network in Burbank, Calif. That’s a pretty legit reason to miss out on the panel.
While O’Bannon couldn’t give anything away about what the potential Season 3 storyline will be, he did offer up a tease on how Season 2 ends. “It’s really hot. It’s really good stuff,” O’Bannon says. “Everything comes together in these final four episodes in terms of the patriot mission coming to a head at the same time that the nano takes a hard look at humanity as its creator and it’s lacking. Plus, something is whispered into Rachel’s ear that changes everything about what was behind the blackout.”
Warner Bros. Television today revealed their WonderCon plans for later this month in Anaheim, starting with exclusive screenings — on the big screen — of upcoming episodes of the new series “The 100” (Wednesdays 9/8c The CW), along with Warner Bros. Animation’s “Teen Titans Go!” (Wednesdays 6:30/5:30c Cartoon Network) on Friday, April 18. They’ve also set panels and Q&As with the cast and producers of both “Teen Titans Go!” and “Revolution” (Wednesdays 8/7c NBC) on April 18. On Saturday, April 19, the cast and producers of “The 100” will then take the stage for a special video presentation and Q&A with fans.
Warner Bros. Television’s full schedule is listed as follows:
FRIDAY, APRIL 18
“Teen Titans Go!” Screening and Q&A
Room 300AB 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Titans are going back to WonderCon! Join producers Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”) and Aaron Horvath (“MAD”) and members of the voice cast as they take the stage for a lively conversation and Q&A about your favorite teenage superheroes. And, of course, they won’t be coming empty-handed as they will be bringing an all-new episode to screen exclusively for WonderCon.
Special Sneak Peek Screenings
Arena 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
WonderCon and Warner Bros. Television proudly offer exclusive sneak peek screenings of two upcoming episodes of “The 100”, plus an advance episode screening of “Teen Titans Go!”
Be the first to see the next two all-new action packed episodes of “The 100,” beginning with episode six, “His Sister’s Keeper” (scheduled to air 4/23) and followed by episode seven, “Contents Under Pressure” (scheduled to air 4/30).
Revolution Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Arena 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Returning to WonderCon once more, the “Revolution” panel session, featuring stars Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”), Stephen Collins (“Falling Skies”), executive producer Rockne S. O’Bannon (“Cult,” “Farscape”) and additional names to be announced, will power up the Con with discussions on everything from nanotech head-trips to Patriot power plays to the possible re-establishment of the Monroe Republic. Join the “revolutionary” stars and creative team as they reveal exclusive information about the remaining episodes of season two.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19
The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Room 300AB 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join the cast and producers for a lively discussion of the series, and what we can expect from the rest of the action-packed first season as The 100 lands at WonderCon for the first time. Set a hundred years after our world was decimated by a nuclear Armageddon, the series follows the surviving population on the Ark space station as they take the first step to recolonize the Earth – sending 100 juvenile delinquents to the planet’s surface to see if Earth is once again inhabitable.
The cast and producers of each series will be signing autographs and tickets will be distributed at the WonderCon Booth #585 on the morning of each panel.
We here at EMF would love to wish our beautiful Elizabeth a very happy birthday!