In 1995 there was Clueless, writer/director Amy Heckerling’s updating of Jane Austen’s Emma; the big-screen version begat a TV series by the same name. Last year brought Limitless, another movie-to-TV recycling, this one about “an average 28-year-old man who gains the ability to use the full extent of his brain’s capabilities” and is hired by the FBI as a consultant. It lasted barely a season.
This season, get ready for four TV shows with one-word “-less” titles. Minimalism? Austerity? Theft? Whatever the reason for the trend, good luck keeping them all straight.
“They’re time-traveling to the past to save America’s future.” Premieres October 3 on NBC.
A comedy starring Minnie Driver as the single mother of a nonverbal child with cerebral palsy. Premiered last night on ABC. Image via SpoilerTV.
“A sexy and bold one-hour drama laced with dark humor and set in London.” Season 1 now available on Netflix; Season 2 premiere has not yet been announced.: Originally aired on France’s Canal+.
The longest-running TV –less. It stars William H. Macy as an unapologetic miscreant and single father of six children. Season 7 premieres Oct. 2 on Showtime.
And coming next year:
Weightless, from director Terence Malick, starring Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman.
Powerless, a TV comedy that “shows how an insurance company deals with destruction left by DC Superheros [sic].”
Sleepless, a thriller based on the 2011 French film Nuit Blanche and starring David Harbour, Michelle Monaghan, and Dermot Mulroney.
Other -less titles:
Lawless (2012, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Guy Pearce).
Self/less (2015, with Ryan Reynolds and Natalie Martinez).