The Messengers

Whatever apocalyptic missives the cast of The CW’s The Messengers have to pass on, they’d better do it quickly. (We recommend copious use of texting shorthand and emojis.) Despite only airing three episodes so far, the network has already announced that it won’t be picking up the supernatural drama for a second season, citing weak ratings. Fans of the show have a small silver lining to cling to, though: The network plans to air the rest of the first season before pulling the plug. That should give these remaining episodes a nice, doomed synergy, in keeping with the program’s eschatological subject matter.

Given that the show concerns superpowered people racing to prevent the end of the world, it seems a shame The Messengers couldn’t be retooled to be more like The CW’s other, more successful efforts in that arena. With all the demons, angels, and armageddons flying around, The Messengers was pretty much one old Chevy and a copy of The Best Of Kansas away from being Supernatural 2—and it’s not like a network with a hero called Arrow couldn’t accommodate a villain with a stupid name a like The Messengers’ “The Man.” But despite all its super-human trappings, it turns out The CW show that The Messengers most resembled was the down-home Hart Of Dixie, at least in the sense that they will soon both be going away forever to leave all the beautiful vampires, demons, and superheroes more room to frolic and play.

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