Proving that like rival
Showtime, HBO could also swing and miss badly, this political comedy felt like it was birthed in a time machine and sent forward to the Platinum Age of Television, where its overacting.
Fear the Walking Dead
For years, fans of AMC's The Walking Dead talked about how they wanted to learn more about the origins of the zombie epidemic, but it probably took them only six hours of this lame
spinoff to realize they didn't care that much. The worst thing about Fear the Walking Dead was its lack of urgency. A couple of things happened by the end of the season that hinted at a better show to come, but there was no pleasure at all in getting to that point.
Flesh and Bone
When stars like Sarah Hay, Raychel Diane Weiner, Sascha Radetsky and Irina Dvorovenko were actually dancing, Flesh and Bone achieved some of its lyrical goals, but too often it settled for campy
drama, superficial and perplexing characterizations
and all-too-predictable storytelling.
Sometimes bad comes out of nowhere and makes you sad. Before his death, Philip Seymour Hoffman was the star of this buzz-heavy pilot and critics were eager to see more. But the show’s failure wasn’t the fault of replacement star Steve Coogan; nobody could save the theatrical, overwritten
essays as television that creator Shalom Auslander penned. It was a turgid spectacle that wasted great actors and never felt real for a second (and was canceled).
There may not have been a more annoying show on television in 2015. The American remake of the Australian show was filled with big stars (Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Brian Cox, Zachary Quinto), which made it seem like a big deal. The result? A poorly written mess that forced me to the obvious conclusion/joke — that I wanted to slap every person on the show.
No show in 2015 had such a precipitous drop from well-deserved phenomenon to well-deserved punching bag as Nic Pizzolatto's crime drama. It became a parody of itself, an unrelenting slog
misery, hollow red herrings, pointless plot resets, meaningless revelations and excruciatingly heavy-handed father-son dynamics
Truth Be Told
Everything about it was predictable. The show that was originally called People Are Talking tried to talk about race with a sledge
hammer, making the whole experience feel like something from the ’80s, while series like Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat are doing a much funnier and more nuanced and effective job of actually being honest.
Perhaps ABC got a little too full of itself with American Crime and wanted to chase after another "cable drama" of sorts. Except Wicked City was tone-deaf from the start: absurd, offensive, predictable and juvenile
. Stick to the soaps and comedies, ABC.