NBC just released their fall 2016 schedule and the ‘Cruel Intentions’ reboot series, fronted by returning star Sarah Michelle Gellar, is nowhere to be seen. The network says they’re ‘still discussing’ the option of picking it up, but I don’t like what I’m hearing. In fact, I’m outraged. Here’s why.
NBC is struggling to find a place on its roster for the Cruel Intentions reboot series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. The network released its fall 2016 schedule on May 15, and the show didn’t make the cut. Instead, the lineup is cluttered with a bunch of unnecessary Chicago-based spinoffs. If NBC doesn’t end up giving Cruel Intentions an official series order, I think they’re making a HUGE mistake.
Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt recently told HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site TVLine that even though Cruel Intentions isn’t on their fall schedule, the project isn’t dead just yet. “It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches. There’s just so many shows that we have [already] scheduled or ordered. [The show is] a bit of an outlier for us, because there’s no other show like it in our list of genres. But we like it, and we’re still discussing it and trying to figure it out,” he said.
For me, however, that answer isn’t good enough. First off, the reason there are “so many shows” that are already on their schedule is because NBC ordered way too many Chicago-based spinoffs. Seriously — do we really need Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, AND Chicago Justice? What’s next — Chicago Retirement Home? Enough.
The Cruel Intentions reboot series, obviously, isn’t cancelled just yet. It might appear on NBC’s summer schedule, according to TVLine, but if you ask me, it deserved a prime-time slot on their fall 2016 schedule. Not only does the network have a huge star fronting the series — Sarah Michelle Gellar — but the 1999 movie is a cult classic. The fans, including me, want to see that storyline continue on the silver screen, especially since Kathryn would be making her return!
NBC initially said they wanted to add a primetime soap to its roster, which is why they ordered the pilot, so they should now follow through with that strategy and give the project a series order! Let’s be real — NBC hasn’t been great since Friends went off the air in 2004. Nothing gets better if you keep doing the same thing. It’s time to give the primetime soap a chance!
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