There is so much wrong with television today where do I start? How about the biggest problem I have with it – the good shows get cancelled before they can find a following. I get that TV is a numbers game. It’s all about the money. Which is another problem I have with it. Now it’s all about false drama (“reality” shows) and just plain shake your head decisions (Swamp People?! Really?). Sigh. I remember when TLC stood for The Learning Channel and they actually had programming that taught you something. I remember when The History Channel actually aired programs that deal with (gasp) history. I remember when TV used to be good.
Good shows have always been cancelled. Either too soon (Star Trek – the original series), before they had a chance to get a following (Firefly), too late (Charmed – Season 8 was so not needed), right on time (House) or before they even air (reboot of Wonder Woman). Though with Wonder Woman I was kind of happy it was cancelled before it even aired. I wasn’t happy with the person they got to play the Amazon. For me Lynda Carter is the only Wonder Woman.
Then there’s the writing. Some of it is brilliant (House, 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory). Some of it makes me shake my head and wonder if the writers even know what a plot hole is (Terra Nova). Or how to write good dialogue( CSI: Miami). Can someone tell me why CSI: Miami is still on the air?
The possible new pilots for the 2012 – 2013 season have been announced. You can find a list here. I’m not impressed, kind of disappointed actually. Where’s the creativity? The fresh? I mean seriously, two shows called Beauty and the Beast? And a modern Sherlock Holmes in New York. The UK did a brilliant job of a modern day Sherlock Holmes and American TV thinks they can do better? I won’t hold my breath. There were a few shows I thought were intriguing enough to watch the first three episodes. But from the looks of it I’ll have a lot of free time because there will be nothing good on TV. More time for writing!
Until next time…