RIP The Chicago Code.

If you managed to catch the first episode of Sky One’s latest US police procedural drama The Chicago Code last night, then you wasted your sweet, sweet time.

Turns out Shawn Ryan, who’s previous series The Shield was a massive success, yesterday used Twitter to inform fans of the unfortunate news that Fox producers have pulled the plug on his show. The Hollywood Reporter later confirmed that:

Shawn Ryan’s freshman police drama The Chicago Code with Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria is done. This is The Shield creator’s second cancellation this season; the first came with FX’s Terriers, which was not renewed for a second season. The showrunner reacted on Twitter, “Fox suits loved the show, but have a business to run.”

So there you go, it’s entirely up to you if you want continue watching this doomed series which is currently airing on Sky One on Thursdays at 9pm.

 


Shamelesss: The US Version.

We don’t watch British TV here at HMS Friday, mainly because most of it is utter crap. From the little we’ve seen of Channel Four’s, ‘ain’t it grim up north’, series Shameless, we’ve not been that impressed. It always struck us as trying too hard to be controversial. But obviously American TV producers saw some potential in the programme, so much so they went and remade the entire series with William H Macy in the pivotal role of Frank Gallagher, this time struggling to keep his family of misfits together in the city of Chicago. We’ve also been reliably informed that another Channel Four series Skins has been given the US treatment too and early word suggests that it’s also a bag of no use.

N.B. Notice the change in music when the ‘heartfelt hardship’ portion of the trailer kicks in around the 3.15 mark? Nothing tugs at those heart strings than relatable human struggles, especially when set to quirky, xlophone based music.