Channel Surfing: Weekly Round-Up

by Devon Tincknell — October 12, 2013

Channel Surfing will be a new recurring feature on the TVWS blog, presenting a weekly round-up of television news.

The ‘Breaking Bad’ Legacy: Now That It’s Over, Where Does It Stand? – The Hollywood Reporter The tragic rise and fall of Walter White came to an end on September 29th, but the Breaking Bad think piece is still going strong. THR’s Tim Goodman surveys the television landscape that Heisenberg laid waste to and examines how Breaking Bad stands against the other greatest series of all time.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ gets its full season order from ABC – HitFix Despite a ratings dip in the weeks following Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s much-hyped premier, ABC has given the series a full order.

Irony hits the jackpot with Lucky 7 cancellation – A.V. Club  While ABC was willing to show confidence in its big-budget blockbuster tie-in show, the unfortunately named Lucky 7 was not so lucky. A.V. Club points out the irony in that cancellation, as well as the sad history of other series cursed with not-so-”lucky” titles.

Brave Nude World: Pay TV Pushing Boundaries – Variety Bryan Lowry writes about the prevalence of sex of television while seemingly unaware that his Twitter handle is @blowryontv, which could be read a slightly different way. The article questions what is driving premium networks to show so much skin, especially on new programs like Showtime’s Masters of Sex. The article also mentions “DirecTV’s “Hit & Miss,” which starred Chloe Sevigny as a transgender assassin, equipped with a prosthetic penis,” which I had no idea even existed. Possible review coming soon.

FX’s Fargo adds Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, and more to make it like a real city, yeah? – A.V. Club The cast for FX’s Fargo series, based on the Coen brothers’ movie of the same name, continues to expand. While in an earlier era I might have shaken my head at the idea of a Fargo TV series, we now live in a world where NBC created a Hannibal that rivals Anthony Hopkin’s classic turn in that role, so hell, anything is possible.