Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Surprising New TV Genres

This tv season has seen the introduction of two new tv genres, which is a bit surprising since it seems like the only genres that work on TV are law procedurals or medicine procedurals.

The first is the half an hour romantic comedy. I can't really think of previous examples. But there's  a ton this season. Manhattan Love Story is the most obvious (each episode feels like a Meg Ryan movie--the star is very Meg Ryan-ish), but also Selfie, Marry Me, A to Z.

The other new genre (which is not that surprising given the recent box office success) is the live action superhero show, which has always been around (notably the Adam West Batman), but there are like a dozen this year,  from recent years Arrow and Shield, to Gotham, Constantine, Daredevil, Flash, Powers (my favorite comic series)