Fox is notorious for killing great TV shows before they even get a chance to get off the ground— and they’ve done it again. I am extremely disappointed in the network’s decision not to renew Gang Related for a second season. For my money, it was an intense, hard-hitting drama that felt real and relatable with good action, a talented cast, and a suspenseful storyline—the very definition of great TV! Each episode got more and more intense. Of course I am also loving the diverse, minority-driven cast. Shout out to my man Sung Kang for sparking my interest in this gem.
Apparently, the network considered renewing it but it was too “heavy serialized” for a Summer show. Well, bollox to the lot of them! So, let me get this straight, Fox, you aired the show in a Summer slot which by the network’s own measurement, it couldn’t succeed in, then you axed the show for not succeeding. Way to go! Gang Related should have been a part of the Fall schedule to begin with.
I absolutely abhor when my shows get cancelled. Look, people get attached to these things! And if they’re not attached, then the writers and the network aren’t doing their jobs. GR is the only series on Fox that I have watched since the network cancelled New Amsterdam in 2008—another poor decision. I still have not seen a show use the unique premise that New Amsterdam was based on. And yes, I am just as angry about that decision today as I was 6 years ago. Here’s hoping that I won’t have to feel the same about Gang Related in the near future.
There is always the chance of being picked up by another network or medium even (I’m looking at you, Netflix). That seems to be an increasing trend in today’s television landscape, which means our favorite shows now have a viable option for revival that doesn’t require us to mail in millions of bottles of Tabasco sauce (only some of you will get that reference).
Gritty cop-drama Southland found second-life on TNT after being cut loose by NBC, Netflix resurrected the eerie crime drama The Killing following the show’s demise on AMC, and Direct-TV gave hope to Damages fans after the legal thriller ran its course on FX. So, Graddicts (“Gang Related Addicts,” dubbed so by fans on Twitter), let us hold out hope! A cable channel would have been better suited to Gang Related, anyway. I’m thinking FX, USA, or TNT. If anybody knows where the show is being shopped around or any campaigns to get it picked up, let me know!
In the meantime, I’m curious to know, who is your favorite character on Gang Related?