Do you really want to invest in a new television series only to have it disappear after five weeks? There are ways to tell if those newcomers even have a chance.
Here’s a list to consider:
1. Time period.
If a new show is scheduled opposite a blockbuster (“Big Bang Theory,” for example), it could face an uphill battle. There may not be expectations, but a small audience could spell disaster.
2. Change in personnel.
You’d be surprised how often cast members and producers change before a series even gets on the air. The folks who nurtured the idea aren’t there when it begins and trouble ensues. This year, it’ll be interesting to see how “The Conners” fares without Roseanne Barr.
3. Continuing storyline.
As much as they seem fascinating, series with stories that don’t wrap up in one episode are better off streaming. Every season is littered with shows that disappear before the audience gets to see the resolution.
4. Poor casting.
A romantic comedy without chemistry falls flat. An action show with a hothead leading man could flop. This year, Seann William Scott replaces Clayne Crawford on “Lethal Weapon.” Good move? You be the judge.
5. All-too-familiar concept.
If at first you succeed, try, try again. A nostalgic family series? Try “Wonder Years,” “The Goldbergs” and, now, “The Kids are Alright.” Is that too much?
6. Misguided reboot.
Networks are in a frenzy to revive old series. But some shouldn’t get a second shot. Sure, the cast will reassemble for the right amount. But is the writing there?