10 TV shows that were saved by a genius tweak


The blood, sweat and tears that go into creating a hit TV show that entertains its fans for years are basically unfathomable – it takes hundreds of artists and technicians working together on the same page to execute the showrunner’s vision.

And there are so, so many things that can go wrong when a show airs: maybe a main character isn’t well cast, maybe a slight aspect of the story isn’t doesn’t work, or it just lacks the special sauce that really grabs the audience. from the first episode.

We’ve all seen promising shows fail because they couldn’t quickly cultivate an audience, and in many cases, even extremely successful shows nearly suffered the same fate.

Yet because someone involved in the production – be it a writer, showrunner or executive – recommended a change to the proposed format, these 10 shows secured their future, providing each series the secret ingredient they desperately needed.

While we can’t say for sure that these shows would all have failed without these late changes, knowing what we do with how TV works, it’s hard to accept that they would have been nearly as successful. .

Although It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was well received by critics in its first season, it wasn’t reflected in its ratings, and the FX network did offer creator Rob McElhenney an ultimatum – add a cast member for season two, or the show would be canceled.

In a 2015 interview with The Nerdist podcast, McElhenney Explain:

“So John Landgraf, who’s the president of FX, he called me up for a meeting and said, ‘Hey, nobody’s watching the show, but we love it, we want to keep it, but we don’t. We don’t have the money for marketing, and we need to add someone with panache who we can hopefully turn into a PR story, just so we can get people talking.

It’s not that we were reluctant to add Danny [DeVito] on the show…we were reluctant to add a name to the show. You know, because we liked being nameless and it was this weird little thing, you know.”

McElhenney initially rejected the idea of ​​adding a famous actor to the set, but after it became clear the show would not return without one, he relented.

And as great as the show’s first season was, bringing in Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds, the father of Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Dee (Kaitlin Olson), was an absolute masterstroke.

DeVito remains responsible for many of the show’s most hilarious and unforgettable moments, effectively serving as the glue that holds the main cast together, while keeping the network happy.

Considering It’s Always Sunny was recently renewed through its 18th season, it was absolutely the right choice.

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