The second half of 2014 got off to a strong start with some of our favorite programs of the year. Here’s what else was on in July.
Rowhouse Showdown — July marked the launch of FYI, which replaced the Biography channel.1 One of the launch shows was this renovation competition featuring three pairs of contestants each refurbishing a house in Cincinnati. It was a simple concept that was well-executed, but man was this show left out in the cold. It didn’t mesh with FYI’s other launch shows in style or substance and ended up getting bounced around a bit on the schedule. The network’s social media outlets ignored the program after the first few episodes of its 10-episode run, even though there were a lot of visual opportunities to draw from. This probably won’t get a second season, but you should seek out the show.
Raising Asia — A spin-off of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, this show followed contestant Asia Monet Ray and her(?) desire to become the next Beyoncé. The thing is, Asia is eight-years-old, and all of the adults in her life are trying to support that dream while balancing their own business interests in the potential triple threat. This program was controversial both in content and in our coverage.
Extant — Halle Berry starred in this sci-fi mystery about an astronaut who somehow became pregnant during her solo mission. The show toed the line between captivating and bonkers, but we were hooked. Despite a small audience, CBS ordered a second season for next summer.
Sailor Moon Crystal — To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the anime series Sailor Moon, a new retelling of the first series was commissioned. Distributed on Hulu and other online venues, the tale of the awakening of the Moon Kingdom followed a new storyline not familiar to American audiences. In total 26 episodes will be produced, with two airing each month. In other words: you have plenty of time to catch up.
- R.I.P. Celebrities and their ghost stories. ↵