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.
Get your first look at CBS’ five new fall series – Madam Secretary, The McCarthys, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion and Stalker (pictured) – on CBS Fall Preview, hosted by the voice of CBS Sports and Thursday Night Football’s play-by-play announcer, Jim Nantz. The half-hour special airs Monday, September 1st (8:30/9:30C) – and will be available On Demand on TV across a number of platforms. For further details, follow the jump.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. With only five new shows for fall, CBS is returning twenty-one shows for the 2014-15 season. Leading the way for new shows is spin-off NCIS: New Orleans, starring Scott Bkula. The other four new fall shows are: Madam Secretary – Téa Leoni stars as a newly appointed Secretary of State who has to negotiate a balance between work and family; Scorpion – about a team of brilliant misfits ‘who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age’; Stalker – about ‘detectives who investigate stalking incidents – including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation – for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD,’ andThe McCarthys – a family comedy about a family whose black sheep is the black sheep not because he’s gay, but because he and his partner want to leave Boston.
CBS’ biggest acquisition might be NFL Thursday Night Football, which has caused a serious rejigging of that night’s schedule. Mid-season shows include Vince Gilligan’s Battle Creek, Matthew Perry’s The Odd Couple, and CSI: Cyber. Returning shows include: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mentalist, Elementary, Person of Interest and, in its final (you read that right!) season, Two-and-a-Half Men.
For the fall schedule and series descriptions (including casts and social media info), follow the jump.