I thought I’d say farewell to 2014 by excising the memory of the worst television had to offer in the past year. The list is an official Dirty Dozen of shows that were misconceived from the start, or smothered potentially great ideas under the weight of terrible writing (making one wonder how their creators could have even had that good of an idea to begin with).
There are no reality shows here – neither competition or alleged slice-of-life variety does much for me so I tend not to watch them. I haven’t seen everything, so there are probably a ton of awful shows that I have never seen. Feel free to add your thoughts on terrible shows in the comments.
So as to not single out a single worst show of the year, I’ve listed the contenders alphabetically.
FOX has set the dates for its winter premieres for new scripted shows Backstrom (January 22nd), The Last Man On Earth (March 1st) and Weird Loners (March 31st) – and unscripted World’s Funniest Fails (working title) (January 16th).
Returning scripted shows include Glee’s final 13-episode season (two-hour premiere on January 9th), The following (two-hour premiere on March 2n) and Bones (March 26th). Unscripted returnees include Masterchef Junior (January 6th) and Hell’s Kitchen (March 3rd).
For a complete schedule for new and returning FOX shows (day/date/time), follow the jump.
Trailers have become available for Fox’s new 2014-15 shows: Batman prequel Gotham; Gracepoint – the adaptation of British mystery, Broadchurch, Mulaney – based on the comedy of rising star, John Mulaney; the social experiment/unscripted Utopia; detective drama Backstrom (think House as a detective – only trying to evolve); Empire, the story of a hip-hop mogul’s family and his entertainment empire; fantasy Hieroglyph, set in ancient Egypt (think ancient gods, wizards, political intrigue); and M. Night Shyamalan’s event series, Wayward Pines.
After you watch the trailer for Gotham (above) – which looks and feels like they got it right – follow the jump to check out the rest.