TV Madness 2019 is officially upon us! March is one of our favorite times of the year for many reasons — spring is in the air, the days are getting longer, and the idea of a bracket is a part of our pop-culture lexicon. TV Madness is CarterMatt’s version of March Madness, where a number of fantastic shows from across the map face off against each other. There are seedings, head-to-head showdowns, and the performance of each show is based entirely on you, the reader.
What we like about today’s battle is that we have somewhat of the old-guard in the tournament facing off against the new. In Chicago PD, they are an established competitor, one who has fared well at times in TV Madness but has failed to reach the final rounds. If this is the year, it’s going to have tough competition from the get-go in The Orville, a series that has built a dedicated following since it premiered in the fall of 2017. This is its first year in the tournament, so we gotta imagine that it’s going to be hungry to prove itself and show how mighty its fleet of fans can be.
If you’ve taken part in CarterMatt’s TV Madness before, you likely know how this works — we spotlight the two competitors and then, on the other side of it, give you a poll for you to commence your voting! The poll is located at the bottom of this article.
How voting works – Vote however often you would like! (Technical instructions for multiple voting can be found right above the poll.) We will keep this poll open until Thursday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. The winner of this battle will be facing off against either Shadowhunters or The Expanse — no matter who wins that showdown, it’s going to prove interesting given that both of those fanbases know a thing or two around mobilizing around a common goal.
You can see the full bracket (including start dates for each individual round) in the graphic at the top of this article.
Chicago PD (#3 seed) – The police portion of Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise is one of the steadiest 10:00 p.m. Eastern hits on all of television. It constantly draws solid viewership and tells stories that are dark, gritty, and showcase everything from police corruption to also the complicated layers of morality that exist when you’re trying to stop crime in a city that is struggling to stay afloat. It has strong characters, incredible performances, and the knowledge that something terrible can and will happen. Perhaps its strongest quality is its resilience — somehow, these characters are able to claw their way out of almost any situation, even the ones that feel impossible.
Chicago PD fans may not have anything to fight for in terms of the show’s immediate future (it has already been renewed for a season 7), but why not see how far you can take the show here in this tournament?
The Orville (#6 seed) – From the start, Seth MacFarlane’s space epic has circumvented expectations. We know that there were a lot of people from the onset who felt like the show was just going to be Family Guy in space, but it’s turned out to be a loving, action-packed epic with great characters and also just the right amount of humor. It will make you nostalgic for the Star Trek series of old — while there are lessons to be learned from most episodes, the top priority often seems to be getting enthralled within the wonders of our universe. Even if much of the world within The Orville is fictional, it allows for your imagination to stretch and that’s exactly what we want in a space show.
This is a series that should be on the air many more years, but it remains to be seen if that will happen. Fox hasn’t decided on a season 3 as of yet, which is certainly a shame since creatively, The Orville has never been better.
Let the voting commence…
Be sure to share who you want to see advance in our TV Madness Tournament below!
I can’t see the poll; what do I do? – If you are on mobile, scroll to the bottom of the page and click to view the non-AMP version. If that does not work, give the poll a moment to load! On some mobile browsers, it may take a moment.
How can I vote more than once? – If you are having trouble casting multiple votes, try switching your browser, your device, or visiting the page under private browsing or incognito mode. There should be many handy guides online explaining how to do so if interested.