CON: The onetime CW smash has fallen on hard times. Despite creative resurgence, ratings are down sans Nina Dobrev and, beginning in January, it’s moving to the Cancellation Waiting Room known as Friday nights.
PRO: It’s hard to imagine The CW not giving the series at least a shortened final season.
CON: This January, the spinoff will follow sister series The Vampire Diaries into Friday-night purgatory. And we have to imagine if The CW is going to save one of the two shows, it’s not going to be the lower-rated, less popular offshoot.
PRO: The CW’s new undead double-header could set Friday night ablaze. Stranger things have happened.
CON: Its about to lose its Friday timeslot to The Originals, and, tellingly, The CW hasn’t said when or where it will return.
PRO: We’re drawing a blank on this one.
CON: With its ratings in double-digit decline, the once-hot drama is being banished to Friday nights in 2016.
PRO: Sleepy is one of Fox’s top-performing shows in Live+7 DVR playback, so people are watching (just not live). And creatively speaking, Season 3 >>> Season 2.
CON: The once-acclaimed franchise was significantly damaged by its universally panned second season. (Even Emmy host Andy Samberg declared the show dead during September’s telecast.) Also, in announcing its new overall deal with series creator Nic Pizzolatto, HBO referred to a Season 3 of True Detective as a mere possibility.
PRO: Despite those critical barbs, the show’s ratings held up well compared to its blockbuster first season. Also, does Pizzolatto really want to close this chapter of his career on such a low note?
CON: It’s impossible to sugarcoat it: The show’s ratings are terrible (not a single Season 2 episode has come close to cracking 1 million viewers).
PRO: It’s critically beloved — Season 2 more so than even Season 1. And HBO has been known to favor quality over quantity of viewers (see also: Getting On.) Some long overdue awards love would certainly help the show’s cause.