For everyone out there who loves The Brave, we know that the past week or so has certainly been rough. NBC canceled the fan-favorite drama after one season on the air — while the ratings weren’t enormous, it had one of the most passionate, loyal followings out there.
Here at CarterMatt, we know the love that The Brave fans have for their show based on experience alone. This is a series that broke site records in the TV Madness poll and also came close to defeating Lucifer in the Cancellation Poll. It’s an audience based on dedication and loyalty, and the real thing we lament with the show still is that it was canceled before it ever really got a chance to get going.
The Brave is a show that built a following up over time, and unfortunately we think that many cheering for #RedeployTheBrave now weren’t even watching when the show was on. They didn’t either know the show was on or were encouraged to watch it after the fact. If it had a longer season or had simply aired at a different time, maybe it could’ve gotten better ratings or more recognition. Unfortunately, there is no way for a network to tangibly quantify that now.
So what could the future hold now for The Brave? There are still a number of interesting potential homes out there.
Streaming – We know that there are some campaigns out there for Netflix and we understand that, given that they are the premier streaming service. However, it has been years since they saved a canceled property from another network. Meanwhile, Hulu has hosted the season 1 episodes in America and should be thought of as a viable contender.
We do think there’s a small chance that The Brave could end up at either place, mostly because of one thing: Diversity of programming. Either service could benefit from the audience and the demographic of The Brave, which is something that helped Longmire back when it was saved by Netflix. If you are a streaming service, you want programming that will bring you subscribers you don’t already have. These could.
Networks – There’s no logical broadcast home for The Brave given that there’s too much risk when you consider the season 1 ratings. Yet, we do think that there’s potential for a show of this subject matter on a network like USA, the Paramount Network, or TNT, where the content could mesh well with what is already going on. The Paramount Network suggestion to us is interesting since it is a network that is really just getting started when it comes to compelling scripted programming — getting The Brave may be a smart way to make a name for yourself. If this was a few years ago when WGN America was trying to get into scripted programming, we’d suggest the same with them. We’d still look at the Hallmark Channel if we thought it could work out budget-wise.
Based on what executive producer Dean Georgaris said in a post on Twitter earlier today, there is no news as of yet regarding a potential home. Hopefully, that changes but it’s best to have low expectations. Keep fighting, and rest assured we’ll report if we hear anything.
Where do you want to see The Brave land in terms of a potential new home? Be sure to share in the comments!