We need a revolution in TV land! So that we aren’t left with painful cliffhangers after we’ve invested our time and emotions in a show.
IT is June, and the American TV schedule is littered with corpses: the family of superheroes in No Ordinary Family will no longer wield their amazing powers, we’ll never find out what the “visitors” plan next for humanity in V, nor will we know just what The Event will be.
A pity, really. I liked No Ordinary Family’s quirky charm and V improved in its second season – though the cheap special effects never did it any favours. The Event had an intriguing, if feet-dragging plot, though I had long worried for its longevity, seeing how its ratings floundered from the beginning.
I’ve learned over the years not to get too invested in American TV shows. I’d try to choose winners but can’t help be drawn in by excellent, unique shows that often end up cancelled – Firefly, Dollhouse and Rome, to name a few. Shows that succeed ratings-wise – and they aren’t always excellent shows per se – are renewed and tend to go on for many seasons, ratings willing. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. Unless they have some very good writers, some end up going on for so long that the characters and plot become stale, and whatever joy to be had is sucked out. Some stories just need to die at their appointed time. (Someone put House out of his misery, please.) Read More