Unlike another show in “Castle” mentioned at ABC’s TCA Winter Press Tour panel on Wednesday, “Revenge” is not dealing with a problem when it comes to contracts. The show is only in its fourth season, so in theory, there is still plenty of time left for it to continue telling some of its stories.
Instead, the issue that this particular show is facing is one as simple as getting people to watch. The show fell to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic Sunday, and there were not even excuses like “NFL Football was on” or “Talking Dead competition” to really justify it. The show has just lost steam, which we blame on a number of different factors, from the confusing David Clarke story to really just the show getting a little too campy over time. There’s also not a whole lot of direction or an endgame for a show at this point in the run. We still enjoy it, but we understand why others are tuning out.
ABC head Paul Lee did not offer up any reassurances during his presentation, save for saying that he “really loves the show” and that “they have some great storylines coming up this year.” Elena Satine was recently made a series regular, which presumably is not the sort of thing you do to a show that thinks that it is in its final season.
We still contend that creatively, what we would love to see take place here is for “Revenge” to get a renewal for a fifth and final season, even if it is shortened to around 13 episodes or so. Closure is important for any show, and fans would probably give some props to ABC for allowing it to go out on its own terms.
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