'The Chicago Code' - 'Mike Royko's Revenge': Go for the head

'The Chicago Code' - 'Mike Royko's Revenge': Go for the head

A review of "The Chicago Code" finale coming up just as soon as I still have a working VCR... Barring some kind of miracle appearance by Netflix or another white knight to be determined(*), "Mike Royko's Revenge" was the end of "The Chicago Code," and a far more fitting, permanent end than I think many of us might have expected at the start of the series. (*) Many people have asked why "The Chicago Code" couldn't easily migrate to FX, or to another cable channel in the way that "Southland" did. While it's not impossible - again, "Southland" did it - it's really very hard. For one thing, TV executives usually prefer to rise and fail with their own product, so unless a show is extraordinary in some way and/or a far better fit for a new channel than it was for its own, not too many people are going to be interested. For another, the cost structure on network vs. cable is so different that any network show would have to drastically slash its budget to survive that way. "Southland" was an unusual example, in that there were six episodes made on a network budget, and already paid for by that network, and that TNT could therefore have for a song to see how the ratings might be. And then once TNT started producing its own episodes, the show had to ditch more than half its cast. I'm not saying Shawn Ryan can't find another buyer under any circumstances, but it's not going to be easy (and, as he said on Twitter last night, if there's not a significant ratings bump for the finale, it almost certainly won't happen).  Read More...


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