What Purpose Do Bleak, Male Dramas Serve in 2014’s Diverse, Dramedy-Filled TV Landscape?
We continue to plunge deeper into the era of the dramedy. The best evidence for this: The Comeback. It was a pioneer of TV dramedy nine years ago, but after a single season, it was consigned to history as yet another pretty prophetic but also pretty canceled show. Having slowly paved the way for plenty of other TV dramedies, its influence finally created the necessary conditions for The Comeback’s comeback this year. The new season has reframed the show not as a dramedy satirizing reality television, but as a satire of its own genre of brief, short-seasoned bursts of high-quality genre confusion. As the first season coincided with the era of reality television, this second season declares the golden age of the dramedy.