With the network upfronts quickly approaching there has been a lot of news coming from the networks about potential new shows. While some of the shows are lucky enjoy to get put orders in which a certain number of episodes are guaranteed to air on the network or there will be a fee, most shows need to go through the pilot process. I’m not going to talk about the pilot process, but I do want to talk about the influx of comic book shows. It’s something that we minored in films talked about the other day mentioned that got me thinking.
THere are two fronts when it comes to this influx of comic book shows. They come from two sides, the Marvel and the DC side. On Marvel’s side we have Agents of SHIELD that airs through the TV season. This year we also had a bridge season of Agent Carter. Also to wrap it up on the Marvel front we had the first of the Netflix shows, Daredevil. On the DC side we had iZombie, Gotham, and Constantine for the non connected series. Then there was The Flash joining Arrow in the connected DC universe.
The big difference between Marvel and DC is that DC is hitting you with all they have all through TV season. Marvel has a very different approach in which you are never watching two of the same shows in one week (with the exception of Daredevil which was the Netflix model). As a result you get a slow burn when it comes to Marvel shows. It’s never too much, but there. With DC, you have it coming to you from all angles and there is so much more coming.
With some of the influx of DC shows it seems to make sense. Adding Supergirl to the DC TV universe makes sense. It’s yet another show that is focused on a character and their supporting cast that can then interconnect with the other shows on the universe. It all makes sense. However, what doesn’t make sense is why they are creating another show that is a hodgepodge of characters from The Flash and Arrow. No matter how you angle it, the show isn’t the best idea. I can’t wait to see more, but I’m skeptical. It seems more like an opportunity for the creators to spread their wings and tackle unknown territory. That said, I’m not sure that it is being designed in a way to draw people in and keep them coming long term. I could be wrong, but it seems a bit haphazard at the moment.
Then there is Marvel who suddenly has rumors surrounding a couple more new shows. This may be in part because of the well received Daredevil and a vastly improved Agents of SHIELD. However, this also worries me mainly because one of the two shows feels more like unnecessary redundancy. While the other show does seem legitimately interesting as a side show. It’s hard to understand the motivations behind their decision making on these shows, but it is clear that despite Agents of SHIELD’s average ratings, potential shows are in the works. If anything it shows to me how much TV decisions can be based on worldwide profitability over US profitability.