Sunday, July 30, 2017
Somewhere Between | Midnight, Texas
Summer in the USA used to bring me such trashy Summer joys like UnReal, Devious Maids, Scream and Mistresses. Now that was last year, this year two of these series have been cancelled and two were delayed or moved into peak screening time in the USA.
UnReal appears to be a big winner from not airing over Summer, it moves to peak screening time and has been renewed early for a fourth season. Most likely it's last too, Lifetime only gave the more popular Devious Maids four seasons.
Scream is currently getting a Queen Latifah face lift with rapper Tyga and C.J. Wallace (son of the Notorious B.I.G & Faith Evans) and will air in 2018.
So Summer relies on some new (or old, depending on how you look at a Korean series remake) shows to fill the void.
Somewhere Between is a remake of Korean series 14 Days: God's Gift and is average at best however it is filmed in the beautiful setting of Vancouver. Airing over two nights, 2 of the total 10 episodes have already aired to similar ratings of ill-fated ShondaLand series Still Star-Crossed.
Still Star-Crossed has sunk to below a million viewers now and it's finale is about to sneak off our screens today (USA time).
The second new series impressed me a lot more than Somewhere Between, it's Midnight, Texas. Debuting at over 3.5 million viewers, Charlene Harris's second book to TV adaptation this could be a sleeper hit for NBC.
After True Blood concluded in 2014 it's been a while since we have had a good supernatural mystery series on US TV.
Midnight, Texas has a sexy cast and a True Blood feel on network US TV which may work, and since Charlene created this series as a trilogy of books, will we see a second season next Summer? NBC have few hits at the moment (excluding This is Us) and they have buried Blindspot in it's likely third and final series on Friday nights. The Blacklist is not growing and with almost nowhere to go for season five this is likely to take a bow this season.
Is wider America ready for a Southern supernatural hit? Hopefully because we need Summer trashy dramas/mysteries.
I will be interested this time next year at what is screening in the sleeper TV months in the US.