Scream, Season 2
The first season of Scream was barely tolerable but it came to a good resolution and made season 2 completely improbable. The showrunners stepped down (fired?) due to the creative direction, and new ones brought in to make this show completely intolerable. They sprayed everything with AXE body spray, added temper tantrums and illogical writing, ensured the remaining cast was even more unlikable and whiny. This series is intolerable. Also, 38 of 42 minutes of running time is spent on the teens' dramas and anxieties, then suddenly breaks in the 4 minutes of serial killer action. Srsly. OVit. 🙄 Clearly, I am not the intended viewer for this show. Interestingly, I've read a sound bite from the producers who are tired of being compared to the movie. Um, solution: don't call your show Scream, maybe?
Dead of Summer
Set in as summer camp in the 80s, Dead of Summer is the kitchen sink of genre shows. We have a slasher (?), horny teens, a mysterious camp leader with secrets, and a haunting supernatural force awakened by – what exactly? The show is an embarrassment on all levels from the "writing" to the high school acting troupe, to the nonsensical plot. Perhaps, like Scream, I am not the Freeform channel's (owned by ABC Family) prime demographic but why would anyone aim for the mediocre? Definitely expected a better show from the producers of LOST and Once Upon a Time.
The first of two shows based on graphic novels, Preacher on AMC is one
Cinemax's series Outcast is also based on a graphic novel and features a trouble preacher and an unfortunate man who's been plagued with demonic possession – not him, just those around him. He also harbors some strange abilities to exorcise those demons who appear as viscous, black oil. The show was created by Robert Kirkman who also created The Walking Dead and follows in that bleak, apocalyptic tone but here the characters are much more likable – and most importantly there is hope. As the citizens are being taken down by a nefarious plot, Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) shows up as a shadow person complete with hat and brings with him a dark force of mystery. What the hell is going on? Much is not revealed but the show was renewed for a second season before the first episode premiered so there's plenty of time to explore this world.