10 Upcoming TV Seasons That Are Already Doomed

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It's a seriously precarious time for Hollywood as a whole, what with the industry currently brought to its knees with the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes.

And while there are certainly shows which seem to have weathered the current period of uncertainty well enough, there are many that, for one reason or another, seem to be basically doomed in their next season.

Whether production has been impacted by the strikes or not, these 10 upcoming TV seasons are all in serious trouble from either a business or creative standpoint, to the extent that it'll surprise many if they actually turn out well - if they even get released at all, that is.

While we can only hope that the showrunners manage to make the best of a bad situation and deliver a quality batch of episodes regardless, the numbers and the facts certainly aren't on their side.

Delays, fan backlashes, allegations of abusive sets, and so much more all threaten the futures of these shows as they gear up for their next season, so you're advised to keep your expectations low...

10. Stranger Things (Season 5)

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Stranger Things' fourth season finished airing last July, with production on the fifth and final season initially expected to begin this summer for a probable 2024 release.

Yet with the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes currently bringing Hollywood to a standstill, season five's production has been delayed.

While Stranger Things' passionate fanbase likely isn't going anywhere, the delays do create a unique problem for the show given the ages of the central cast members. Namely, it's becoming increasingly difficult to believe them as high schoolers and young adults alike.

This problem already reared its head in season four, which was delayed extensively due to the pandemic, resulting in most of the young cast members ageing noticeably between seasons three and four, which were set just six months apart.

While the Duffer Brothers have stated that season five will likely involve a time jump, even this has limitations given that season four ended on a cliffhanger, limiting the amount of time the show can realistically leap forward without it seeming unnatural.

It seems nigh-on unavoidable that season five will feature its fair share of unintentional comedy as the cast members' attempts to portray high schoolers become less convincing, short of some miraculous storytelling ingenuity to deliver a lengthy, Avengers: Endgame-esque time jump that doesn't leave fans feeling short-changed.


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