Solid ratings and loyal viewers does not always ensure that a television series stays on the air. Trying to figure out why some wonderful shows get canceled and horrible ones do not could give you a migraine. The police drama "Blue Bloods" has been surrounded by rumors of cancellation since the series started. In the first season, there was a lot of behind the scenes drama with creative changes. Now in the second season there is still talk, it will not make it for another season. The show is good but here are a few reasons it could get canceled.
Predictability - Viewers do not expect the characters to change from week to week. One of the problems with 'Blue Bloods" is that the characters and episodes are too formulaic. Each week we know that Jackie and Danny will be in the middle of what ever crime has happened. Danny will be a smart ass and beat on what ever criminal they catch. The children on the show will be utterly annoying. Erin will have to justify why she is not a police officer, like her job does not matter. Jamie is always portrayed as wet behind the ears. Frank will be self righteous and preachy. Then there is Grandpa and Linda who we rarely see.
Too Procedural - When the creative forces behind the show announced they wanted to make the series more procedural, many were upset. The area with the biggest potential on this show is the family dynamics and connection. It could make "Blue Bloods" stand out if this area was written and developed properly. There are many police driven shows that are procedurals and are successful. The big difference between them and "Blue Bloods" is there has to be some interesting back story.
Dropped Storylines- Last season the series laid a big stinker with the Blue Templar storyline. They tried to hype up the mystery and intrigue. They stretched out the story line until the end of the season. Then they had a rushed, abrupt end to the plot that left many viewers wondering what happened. It seemed somewhere along the way the writers realized it was not working out and decided to wrap it up quickly. This season they have been showing Jamie going undercover to infiltrate a mob family. In the past couple of episodes, this has not been mentioned. Hopefully, this story line will not suffer the same boring, disappointing fate.
No Connection With Characters- As a fan of the show, the biggest weakness is how the characters are portrayed. This could be a problem. If fans are not feeling connected with the characters, they will not care what happens to them or the series. The series has great potential but right now there are only a couple of characters many want to see. Erin is compelling, and it would benefit the show if more episodes centered around her personal life. By far the most intriguing relationship on the show is between Sergeant Renzulli and Jamie. Their friendship and scenes together are a highlight of the show. Unfortunately in the long run they might not be enough to keep the show going.
"Blue Bloods" airs Friday nights at 10 pm ET on CBS.
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