The news that the two Shonda Rhimes establishes will be blending for a special episode might stimulate love but small screen record demonstrated that it likely to be a bust
Hands up: who wants to see a How to Get Away with Murder/ Scandal crossover occurrence? No? Nobody particularly interested in verifying the dynamic, well-honed macrocosms of their beloved registers get bogged down in a soggy morass of unnecessary compromise? None? Well, tough, because there’s going to be a How to Get Away with Murder/ Scandal crossover escapade soon.
According to Deadline, while nothing has was formally announced yet, the chapter seems to previously be a done deal, with Kerry Washington and Viola Davis Instagramming each other from the other person’s set. And while this might not be the most difficult news in the world- both Scandal and How to Get Away are Shondaland products, so at least is beneficial for a tonal similarity- it isn’t exactly the best, either.
Television has a long biography of crossover episodes, and hitherto it arguably hasn’t raised a single successful sample to date. Even though the sheer oddball oddity part of such a stunt typically makes a larger public than customary, they are generally all be innovative fakes, full of floundering flavor and superfluous characters.
The absolute best that a crossover occurrence can do is just about get by with it, as Arrow and The Flash tend to do when their courages jump into bed with each other. The bad, though, is much more grisly. One bad hoof and neither show is to be able to be able to fully rid itself of the stench of corporate synergy again.
For about a decade the various types offshoots of CSI spent so long wrap up together that it became genuinely inconceivable to tell any of them apart, with the whole franchise altering into a vast homogeneous mass with no palpable outset or purpose, like a sourdough starter extended Little Shop of Horrors. An bout of Becker once featured a scene where two courages from Everybody Affection Raymond, Kevin James from The King of Queens and Bill Cosby from Cosby all shared the same waiting room, which would have been unspeakable even if Bill Cosby was still a lovable old man and not an actual being. And let us not forget the monstrosity that happened when Magnum PI ran into Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote.
The bad, most undeniably harrowing crossover chapter of all time, though, came in 2014. Entitled The Simpsons Guy, it was a 45 -minute clashing of The Simpsons and Family Guy where all the artistic gruntwork came from the wrong side of the formula. The Simpsons- even flawed, shiftless, upsetting late-period The Simpsons- had an opportunity to attracted off a no-score draw had it yanked Family Guy into its arena and shined it up a little. But no. The Simpsons Guy was an incident of Family Guy, written by Family Guy novelists, and boasted The Simpsons’ tone gave alone and adrift in the knuckle-dragging Family Guy universe. Aside from one good gag- where James Woods from The Simpsons is briefly caught having a discourse with James Woods from Family Guy- the whole concept was a dismal workout that managed to please nobody at all. Had it been a Simpsons episode, The Simpsons Guy would then be the worst bout of The Simpsons ever induced. But it was a Family Guy occurrence, so its fate was even worse: it’s doomed to go down in autobiography as a slightly above-average incident of Family Guy.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. In 1994, the NBC promotions agency intrigued up Blackout Thursday, a two-hour barrier where the characters of all four of its New York-based sitcoms would suffer the same power part. In Mad About You, Helen Hunt fiddled with cable on her roof and lop off the city’s energy, then on Sidekicks Chandler got caught in an ATM, and finally, on the barely recollected Madman of the People, a character got arrested for looting. Nonetheless, the third show in the stymie- Seinfeld- refused to take part, but exclusively after Larry David and the writer Peter Mehlman briefly entertained the idea of inviting Ross Geller on to the support solely to assassinate him. In retrospect, maybe that’s the only possible action to make a crossover bout agreeable: kill Ross Geller.