The latest trend when it comes to network television is for every network to try and deliver at least one impressive midseason drama each year. This is the way that Fox managed to succeed with “The Following,” and they are going to be looking for something similar early next year with the Greg Kinnear drama “Rake.” Meanwhile, CBS is trying something similar with “Intelligence,” and NBC has their own ambitious new drama courtesy of both “Crisis” and “Believe.”
According to Deadline, though, there may be at least one small bump in the road for “Crisis.” The show is going on a brief hiatus in production for roughly eight days, mostly to do some creative retooling and to do some work making sure that the quality on this series (which boasts Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney) stays as high as it did with its pilot. This was one of the most well-received shows on the NBC slate next to “The Blacklist,” and we see it as a great thing that they are taking the time to ensure that a good product comes out from it.
While we feel like “Crisis” was the big midseason get for NBC at the time pilot season rolled around, “Believe” may now be the show with the marketing dollars thrown at it. Ultimately, it has little to do with the news reported above, and more to do with the name Alfonso Cuaron working on it as an executive producer. He has always been one of our favorite filmmakers (“Y Tu Mamá También,” “Children of Men”), but add to that the smash hit success of “Gravity” and that is a name that could get people watching, especially coupled with mega-producer / master of all things genre JJ Abrams.
Both “Crisis” and “Believe” are worth a shot when they come out, so don’t read into any news and start to panic. NBC made a similar move during production of “Awake,” and this was one of those wonderful little gems that should have gotten much higher ratings than it did.
Stay tuned, as we will have some more scoop on all things midseason soon, including a schedule once NBC releases it.