Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Nov 11, 2016 17:58:21 GMT -6
Freeform Targets Millennials With Cloak And Dagger TV Show In 2018
Earlier this year, the network formerly known as ABC Family, currently known as Freeform, announced that they were making a TV show based on the 1980s teen superhero duo, Cloak And Dagger. The show was originally planned for a release next year, but showrunner Joe Pokaski is rewriting the script, and it’s now been pushed back to 2018. The show can’t arrive soon enough, however, as an article in The Hollywood Reporter notes that Freeform has failed to score a breakout hit in its first year under the new branding, which aims to eschew ABC Family’s child audience for teens and millennials. Because as we all know, if there’s one thing that appeals to teens and millennials, it’s throwbacks to the 1980s.
As Freeform waits for Cloak and Dagger to save the day, the next show to take a shot at juicing those sweet millennial ratings will be Beyond, a show described as similar to Stranger Things, itself a show that revels in the 1980s. Does anyone at Freeform actually know when millennials grew up? If Freeform wants to appeal to millennial nostalgia, they need to aim later than the 80s, into the 90s and 00s. They could totally salvage this, though. Just completely revamp Beyond to make it based on the 2006 Marvel comic of the same name by Dwayne McDuffie and Scott Kollins.
Now that would be a show.
Assuming Freeform doesn’t listen to our advice, however, we can expect Cloak and Dagger to come out sometime in 2018, provided Freeform can survive that long without a hit.