Way back at the beginning of September, as America’s new fall TV season was just getting under way, I promised to write posts about 13 prime-time crime dramas, all launched in previous falls, that “viewers were expected to like, but didn’t.” Shows that received big send-offs, but were soon dumped due to mediocre ratings.
Well, I lied. Instead of 13 such shows, you’re going to get 14.
In the end, I simply couldn’t drop one of the programs I had toyed with leaving out of this month-long series. It really belonged, and my ambition got the better of my good sense, and before I really thought about it, I’d gone ahead and penned the post. So, given that this is the final day of The Rap Sheet’s “Killed in the Ratings” series, you will see two new entries go up on this page. Would you care to guess which crime dramas they’ll cover? OK, here are a couple of hints. One program was a spin-off from a successful TV miniseries, the other was inspired by a theatrical film starring George Clooney. One featured a veteran character actor with an ostensibly gruff demeanor, while the other showcased a short but comely former model who can do both comedy and crime fiction.
But before we get to those last “Killed in the Ratings” selections, let’s recap the other dozen U.S. series I’ve addressed thus far. In reverse order of posting, they are:
• McClain’s Law (1981-1982)
• Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1996)
• Paris (1979-1980)
• Griff (1973-1974)
• Get Christie Love! (1974-1975)
• The Delphi Bureau (1972-1973)
• Nakia (1974)
• The Devlin Connection (1982)
• Gavilan (1982-1983)
• Joe Forrester (1975-1976)
• Leg Work (1987)
• Serpico (1976-1977)
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this series as much as I have relished writing it. And I’ll be curious to know, once it has reached its conclusion this afternoon, whether you think I have missed any short-run shows that deserved mentioning. Comments are always welcome.