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Don't fall in love with anything on American TV - chances are - you'll find the show of your dreams, grow invested in the characters and the plots and sooner or later some dick will pull the plug on it.

In this case, I'm talking about a little ABC show called the Unusuals. It was a funny little police drama with brilliantly quirky characters and inspired dialogue. With it's episodic formula, it was a show that didn't promise too much and yet, it tended to deliver more than one might expect, with some powerful emotional scenes scattered throughout and strong character development and little moments that had you slowly falling for every member of the larger-than-life cast.

This was a refreshing change to the slew of recent viewing - which has pretty much been all promises and limited to no pay-out.

How a well scripted show delivering episode after episode of quality viewing can be cancelled by a network that'll keep Lost running for a hundred fucking seasons after it stopped being interesting is beyond me.

It seems to me as though the only way a show can stay alive is if it learns to be the ultimate cock-tease. Like Lost, X-Files or Heroes, if the creators can concoct a formula whereby the audience is given NOTHING aside from constant questions, mindless plot-twists and annoying new shark-jumping characters - a show can last indefinitely. Yeah - it's fine, you can keep making telly so long as you make it up as you go along and trick your viewers into never leaving you - simply because they all expect some magical answer you never really had planned.

And you know, it's a shame. I enjoyed all of the aforementioned shows once, but honestly - it's plain to see that each one of them gave up on producing quality entertainment in a bid to avoid cancellation. In fact - it seems like TV isn't even really there to entertain us most of the time these days - it's there to keep us sedated - wasting our precious time gawping at some colourful images instead of actually doing anything with our lives.

I'm not satisfied. I seriously wonder - Is anyone really satisfied?

I hear nothing but complaints about Reality programs - and yet the networks keep spoon-feeding them to us because for some reason - some of us - maybe even most of us are still watching it. Has the media been so retarded by the influx of reality programming that we need to simulate it in our supposedly scripted shows - making them pointless plot-less masses of shallow dialogue centring around the question of whether two or more characters will or will not fuck - just to keep them running?

Is it that bad? Are we that fucking stupid?

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On 14th July 2009 02:50 (UTC), superberg commented:
It's not just that they're popular (although they are). It's that they are popular and cheap! The budget for a reality show is significantly less than most other programming. They're also lower-risk. Unsurprisingly, corporate goons at the networks are just as stupid as the corporate goons everywhere else in this country: afraid of innovation and intelligence.

There are all sorts of good American shows that get tossed aside for trash. Firefly is the obvious one, but also stuff like Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls(all three of those are by one of the writers on season 1 of Heroes), and Mission Hill(first animated gay kiss!). Sometimes I even find shows I would never normally watch that actually turn out really good: Joan of Arcadia seemed like a terrible premise(God talks to girl, she's probably not crazy), but by the end of the second season the show had a very compelling cliffhanger(God walks away and leaves Joan to deal with the Antichrist) that was left unresolved.

One thing that I really liked about Buffy is that each season finale could have been an ending. It's almost like Joss Whedon knew the plug could be pulled at any time.

Occasionally we do good, though. Shows like The Venture Bros and Battlestar Galactica do pop up now and again. The revival of Futurama and Family Guy are a little comforting, though I also think it's time to end The Simpsons.
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On 14th July 2009 03:32 (UTC), explodingsuns replied:
Joss Whedon may have done wonders with Firefly but his latest crap-attack - Dollhouse is the reason Sarah Connor was canceled - in spite of beating it in petitions. Fox no longer want to fuck with the Whedon fans, so they're keeping his crappiest work alive.

I'm hoping Unusuals sells enough on DVD to make a comeback, but it's seriously doubtful.
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On 14th July 2009 03:55 (UTC), superberg replied:
While the first few episodes of Dollhouse weren't even good enough to be called lackluster, the season ended pretty well. Still, Sarah Connor was getting really good. The problem is that Fox decided they're only having one Sci-Fi show.

Well, maybe two, what with Fringe, but whatever. That's Golden Boy J.J. Abrams, he doesn't count. He's jock sci-fi. Halo sci-fi.

From what I've heard about the unaired 13th episode of Dollhouse, the whole thing has been thrown upside down. Could be interesting, but I agree that it is not his best work.
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