It seems as if superhero dramas have become synonymous with The CW. Between “Smallville,” “The Tomorrow People,” “Arrow,” “Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and now “Supergirl” taking up valuable primetime space on the schedule, ithe network’s mandate these days is tight costumes and flawed heroes. Dig a little deeper though, and you can find other types of shows – specifically, those in which females have become quirky romantic leads in larger-than-life series.
In keeping with the success of “Jane the Virgin” and “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” CW is looking towards another charming but goofy leading lady in the form of Canadian Tori Anderson for Tuesday’s premiere of “No Tomorrow.” And they’ve enlisted former “Galavant” star Joshua Sasse to help.
The series revolves around a by-the-rules girl who always does everything that’s expected of her, despite the heavy mental toll that sometimes takes. But when she meets a man who believes the world is ending in eight months, the two of them begin to check items off his bucket list (actually, the “apocalyst”) and she in turn learns to let loose.
It’s a charming and quirky romantic tale with an overarching twist thanks to the notion that the world may indeed be ending, and it’s pulled of by two completely watchable leads. You can’t help but root for these two to be together despite the obvious opposites attract setup, in part because they’re both so likable and in part because the writing is light and breezy – this isn’t a show that takes itself too seriously.
Where “No Tomorrow” runs into huge problems is in its close-ended arc. If leading man Xaviaer (Sasse) is to be believed, a meteor will crash into the world in eight months and 12 days, leading to the end of life as we know it. Whether that leads to the end of this series remains to be seen. There are certainly several ways to deal with that end date should the show make it that far, but devices like that are always bound to divide viewers. Should Xavier’s mental state actually turn out to be dicey, it ruins the show’s central relationship. But should something else happen and the meteor either gets diverted or the scientific community wises up and stops it, then what does that mean for two characters who have just led charmed lives in the month leading up to the event?
That’s why it’s always tricky to give viewers an end point in your pilot; unless things are perfectly crafted and worked back from finale to start, you open yourself up for these sorts of questions. Viewers have been burned too many times before with high-concept shows that didn’t plausibly answer pressing questions in a post-“Lost” world. And so it’s with a wary eye that they invest in something of this nature if at all.
For now at least the leads are what make the show worth sticking around for as we see their potential romance bloom. Sure, neither of these characters would ever be an underdog in real life, but Anderson and Sasse sell it. Perhaps it’s their great chemistry, or maybe it’s just that there aren’t enough good, old-fashioned rom-coms on TV these days. Either way this is a fun, light romp for the romantics out there who aren’t bothered by a little old thing like the end of the world.
“No Tomorrow” premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. on The CW.
14 TV Shows That Got a Second Life on Another Network (Photos)
Some television shows aren't meant to last -- but others are lucky enough to get a second chance. Here are 14 TV shows that were given a new lease on life on another network.
"Nashville" (2012-16 on ABC; 2016- on CMT) Despite receiving critical acclaim and maintaining a devoted fanbase, "Nashville" was canceled in May by ABC. Fortunately, CMT rescued the series in time, renewing "Nashville" for a fifth season.
"Supergirl" (2015-16 on CBS; 2016- on the CW) The DC Comics-based action/comedy was already in trouble of being canceled due to low ratings during its first season. As luck would have it, "Supergirl" was renewed for a second season on The CW, where it will join other DC shows "Arrow," "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow."
"The Mindy Project" (2012-15 on NBC; 2015- on Hulu) In May 2015, NBC canceled "The Mindy Project" after three acclaimed, but low-rated, seasons. Only a few days later, Hulu picked up the show, commissioning a fourth and fifth season.
"Community" (2009-14 on NBC; 2015 on Yahoo!) Since its debut in 2009, "Community" struggled to get high ratings, despite becoming a cult hit. Though NBC canceled it after five seasons, "Community" fulfilled half of its "six-seasons-and-a-movie" goal once Yahoo! Screen commissioned a sixth and final season.
"Arrested Development" (2003-06 on Fox; 2013- on Netflix) Considered to be one of the funniest and best television comedies of the 2000s, "Arrested Development's" dismal ratings couldn't keep it alive, with Fox pulling the plug in 2006 after three seasons. However, thanks to Netflix, the beloved show returned for a fourth season in 2013 and a fifth season is expected to premiere this year.
"Cougar Town" (2009-12 on ABC; 2013-2015 on TBS) "Cougar Town" started out on ABC with high ratings and positive reviews. Unfortunately, the Courtney Cox-led, Bill Lawrence-created comedy dwindled in viewership, leading TBS to purchase the show's rights after its third season. "Cougar Town" lasted for three more seasons until its conclusion in 2015.
"Scrubs" (2001-08 on NBC; 2009-2010 on ABC) Ironically, "Cougar Town" wasn't creator Bill Lawrence's first show to switch channels. His long-running medical comedy/drama "Scrubs" garnered popularity and strong ratings in its early seasons, but faltered gradually in its last few seasons. NBC didn't renew the show during its seventh season, prompting ABC to pick up "Scrubs" for two more seasons until it was eventually cancelled in 2010.
"Longmire" (2012-14 on A&E; 2015- on Netflix) Despite consistently strong viewership, the crime drama "Longmire" was not picked up by its home network A&E for a fourth season. Three months after its cancellation, Netflix confirmed "Longmire" would resume on its service. The show's fourth season was released in 2015 and Netflix recently renewed it for a fifth season.
"Twin Peaks" (1990-91 on ABC; 2016- on Showtime) The return of David Lynch's cult classic "Twin Peaks" was a long time coming. The surrealist serial drama lasted for only two seasons in the early '90s. However, "Twin Peaks" is expected to return as a miniseries on Showtime, where most of the original cast, including star Kyle MacLachlan, will return.
"Trailer Park Boys" (2001-07 on Showcase; 2014- on Netflix) Intended to end in 2007 after seven seasons on the Canadian channel Showcase, the mockumentary-styled comedy "Trailer Park Boys" was picked up by Netflix in 2014 for three additional seasons and a film special.
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (2008-13 on Cartoon Network; 2014 on Netflix) Based on the animated film of the same name, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" fared better as a TV show, lasting for five seasons on the Cartoon Network until its cancellation in 2013. However, the next year, Netflix distributed all five seasons of the show, including a previously unseen sixth season.
"Sesame Street" (1969-70 on NET; 1970-2016 on PBS; 2016- on HBO) After the dissolution of NET, PBS became the home network for iconic kids show "Sesame Street." As of 2015, "Sesame Street" was moved to premium cable channel HBO, which claimed the first-run rights to all new episodes of the show.
"Project Runway" (2004-08 on Bravo; 2009- on Lifetime) "Project Runway," the popular fashion competition show hosted by Heidi Klum, stayed on Bravo for its first five seasons until the show's producers, The Weinstein Company, made a five-year deal with Lifetime. After settling a lawsuit between NBCUniversal and Weinstein, "Project Runway" began airing on Lifetime during season 6 in 2009 and has continued since then.
"Gilmore Girls" (2000-06 on the WB; 2006-07 on the CW; 2016 on Netflix) Though not a ratings success, the widely-acclaimed "Gilmore Girls" had a lengthy series run on two networks. It remained a tentpole on the WB for six seasons until its move to the CW for a seventh and final season. However, the prayers of the show's devoted fans were answered when Netflix announced last January the return of "Gilmore Girls" as a four-episode limited series on the streaming service.