when bone Ending its 12-year run on Tuesday night in 2017, the finale is more meaningful than the conclusion of the beloved TV show, the FOX series about a quirky forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent investigating a murder. together and finally fell in love It was the last romantic crime drama series to air on television.
Beloved mainstay of TV networks since the days of moonlightHayes and Addison and X-file‘ Mulder and Scully, the romantic crime series, dominated the broadcast scene until late 2010 when the show began to slip off the traditional broadcast radar.
After the finale of CBS’s psychologist and ABC castleSimilar Series—Including take two (at castle Next EPs: Crime Romance jumping, jumping) and hold (Shondaland used with subtypes)—Failed to exit. At the turn of the decade Crime shows that focus on the relationship between the two lead actors are largely absent from the show. Turn your attention to straightforward steps and an ensemble series with added love.
But the recent revival of network TV This has brought new attention to the popular broadcast classic. After the revival of network sitcoms Two new shows suggest a promising return to network TV’s romantic crime series in the form of ABC. company you keep and CBS true lie.
Julia Cohen, co-star of company you keepChalk it all up to the spirit of our present day. She started working on a series based on Korean themes. My fellow citizens!at the end of 2020 and launched in early 2021 amid a severe pandemic
“I created a show that I really wanted to do,” she told The Daily Beast’s Obsessed in an interview with co-star Phil Klemmer. “We were all stuck at home for less than a year. And as I told everyone on the pitch I was a romantic. But thoughts about love are high stakes. Something that feels truly escapist and inspiring. and unabashedly extreme romance… I think that’s what I wished for during that time.”
The series follows a con man (Milo Ventimiglia) and a CIA operative (Catherine Hanna Kim) who meet in a bar and spend 36 hours together falling in love with each other. Revealing conflicting career paths The couple balances their romantic relationship. As their complex work and family lives become increasingly intertwined, The show has all the essential elements of its predecessor: cracking chemistry. Fun supporting characters Behind the high-stakes steps that are based on romanticism
true lieInspired by James Cameron’s film of the same name, it bears a striking resemblance to the romantic crime beat. The show follows a married spy (Steve Howey) who hides his secret life from his family to protect them. When his wife (Ginger Gonzaga) discovers his marriage. She was recruited by his intelligence service. And together they fight crime. Although the series took a long time to create, true lie Host Matt Nix has a similar theory as to why this type of show is one of the most enticing in this moment on TV.
“I think one of the strongest arguments is that there are serious issues. A lot is happening in the world right now,” Nix said in another interview. “A world of escape romance where good people always win. And people really care about each other and enjoy working and going through related problems[and]solving problems… That’s it, I think it’s comforting during this extremely precarious time.”
“At the same time personally I don’t think audiences will fall in love with a story like that,” adds Nix. “I think Hollywood has fallen in love with stories like this.”
He noted that people continue to watch similar shows on syndicates and streaming services. Therefore, the audience was not deprived of attention. There is an emphasis on creating a show that feels like It was “hard and challenging” at times, he said, and while he thought that was important. Other types of television There are advantages too.
“I feel like there was a time when tantrums or irritability were synonymous with quality,” Klemmer says. “You can’t be fun or bubbly or any of these things without a sense of contempt.”
with company you keepKlemmer and Cohen wanted to update the standard networking formula and deliberately chose to break some of the preconceived “rules” of that type.
“So much of our story destruction is driven[by]things that haven’t been done yet,” Klemmer said. “How do you push the envelope on the network? which is considered conservative But it doesn’t have to be that way.”
Instead, the series takes on the historical crime romance genre and instead focuses on two people involved in love in the first place. There was no ambiguity or slow joking about the nature of their relationship. The show was decisive, immediately revealed in its sexiness and intentions.
“This is going to be a pretty solid love story,” says Klemmer. “It’s not Mulder-Scully. that it’s like a slow simmer for seven seasons We can turn the temperature up and down on both of these in really interesting ways.”
true lieIt also elevates the traditional rhythm of the romantic crime formula. The series opens with a married couple who are already together and choose to focus on the everyday dilemma of a middle-aged married couple raising teenage children and trying to rekindle their spark. Nix said he wanted to include issues that everyone had faced or at least could imagine themselves having. High-stakes action, though, is a rarity in most people’s lives.
Finally, the traditional broadcasting format has proven to be an asset. according to Cohen The weekly release allows viewers to sit with the characters and let their stories “soak in” as they wait for the next episode to be released. “I think expectation is like love. “In that sense, I think network TV is the right home for the show.”
“That’s what’s great about working in networks right now. That’s getting a second lease of life,” says Klemmer. “And we have the same network partners and our studios. No one denied it because no one knew what the rules were anymore. And that’s scary. But it can also be liberating and exciting.”
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