Wednesday, April 24, 2024

They’re Back: “True Detective,” “Frasier 2.0” Given New Seasons Despite Ambivalent Reviews


Branding is the main thing right now for cable and streaming.

Despite ambivalent reviews, two shows have been renewed for new seasons.

“True Detective” will get a 5th season from HBO. Ratings were so-so until the final episode, when the omnibus series zoomed up to almost 1 million linear viewers. Fans weren’t crazy about how the mystery resolved, but they watched, nevertheless. HBO is counting on repeat delayed viewings to punch up the numbers.

Of course, every season has a new cast. So showrunner Issa Lopez has to come up with something great. Jodie Foster and crew are outta here. Season 4 came under some criticism from the original showrunner Nic Pizzolatto.

Maybe characters from the past seasons can come back for a lightning round!

Over at Paramount Plus, “Frasier 2.0” will come back for a 2nd season. This continuation of “Frasier” was not to my liking. The new show lacks any of the cleverness of the original run. The cast and set up are inferior to the classic “Frasier.” But Paramount Plus needs content, and it’s easier just to renew what’s familiar than start over again. So round 2 is on its way, like it or not.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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