It has just been announced that ABC has effectively cancelled the low-rated series, Eastwick. Although, ABC will air all the remaining 6 episodes of the original 13 ordered.
Alright, gentle readers. Here’s the thing. This was another show that I really WANTED to watch, but never got around to it because there was always something else on. I’m not entirely sure what that something else is, but it was always there. I did catch an episode on my DVR because I did try to watch and I went as far as recording it to watch. But when I went to watch it, I found myself a little bored.
The show claims to be the Sex and the City of Salem. Um. Ok. I could see that. Maybe throw in a little Desperate Housewives, perhaps?
Single-handedly, housewives accomplish astonishing things… and together, watch out. In the seaside village of Eastwick, this might just be evidence of their inner-witch rising to the surface. Based on the 1987 film (The Witches of Eastwick), three women are drawn towards a mysterious man who bestows unique powers in them.
Ok, so reading that description, I’m interested. For about 30 seconds. But the simple fact is this: networks need to stop trying to remake or rehash old ideas. I LOVED the movie, but I don’t really want to see a tv series about it.
TV and movies both have a difficult time in the crossover. It may be a good tv show, or a good movie, but the second it tries to do the other thing, it tends to not go well. TV was written for TV and movies were written to be movies.
Now, that’s not to say that there hasn’t been SOME success. The X-files for one was a great TV show, and then a great movie – the first one, not the second – but after the movie, the show started going downhill. Something similar could be said for the Buffy series. The movie started the whole story, and it was a mess. A cult classic now, perhaps, but it is still an awful movie. Then comes the TV series, and it couldn’t be more different because it ended up being THAT good.
Again, there is always a chance that success could be had with an old idea. But sometimes it’s just not a good idea.
So, with that said, I am sad that Eastwick didn’t get a chance to develop a little more. And perhaps it would have gained more viewers, but sadly, that wasn’t the case.
What do you think of networks rehashing old ideas and trying to turn them into something shiny and new?
So, networks, please hear my plea. Stop trying to remake things.