With success rates in recent years for new shows as low as 35 percent, you don’t have to be a TV psychic to predict which shows don’t have the legs to make it past season 1 - though a ‘legless TV psychic’ sounds like it could be something in the works as a mid-season replacement.
While there is plenty of excitement about new CBS series like Star Trek: Discovery, not so boldly going where many TV execs have gone before, and S.W.A.T. which audiences hope stands for “Shemar Moore-Without-A-Top”, there are just as many shows that viewers are already hate-watching before they’re yanked from the schedule in the coming weeks – or by the end of this posting, whichever comes first.
In the meantime, enjoy these shows while they last – or better yet, don’t bother watching these shows at all, because they won’t last.
5. The Good Doctor
ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Nurse Jackie - all make the hospital seem like a dramatic, sexy place to be. But when you visit The Good Doctor, you will want to be St. Elsewhere. Okay, dated 80’s reference, but the show feels as dated as Doogie Howser, MD.
Here’s the concept: a young, brilliant surgeon tries to prove that he has what it takes to be a real physician. The twist is, Dr. Shaun Murphy (played by Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore) isn’t just a genius, he also has autism. While it’s a positive step to feature characters with mental health issues as highly functioning, this show takes things too far, literally taking us into Shaun’s mind to show how he feels when faced with a difficult or tense situation. These cutaways inside his head take you out of the drama, and make your head want to explode with frustration.
Executive Produced by David Shore, who has a strong track record of featuring gifted doctors like Hugh Laurie’s House, the lead character in The Good Doctor suffers from a bad case of being way too good. Not only is Shaun able to use his savant skills to heal the sick, he is able to heal those who didn’t even know they needed healing.
ABC hopes their new ‘genius medical drama’ fares better than CBS's cancelled Pure Genius, though this seems like a clear-cut case of a medical drama that needs to heal thyself before it is cancelled, stat.