I just finished watching an amazing TV show, one that has stellar actors playing complex characters in a compelling storyline. So it goes without saying that those frakking frakkers at the (…) channel had to cancel it after just one season (the expletives give it away. And if that isn’t enough of a hint for you, it’s my #4). Meanwhile, I’m certain that the powers-that-be are thinking up of more ways to kill our brain cells by offering up another “reality” show or some such nonsensical rubbish.
I know that I sound bitter, but I’m so tired of having quality shows retired just because there are less viewers tuning in than there are braincells required to view most of the pabulum offered on the boob tube these days. I understand that it’s a business and that the networks have to pay the bills, but it would be nice once in a while for the executives to give a show the chance to find it’s viewers (and for the viewers to find a show) before dismissing it after a season or two.
And I’m not letting the audience off the hook either. I love sweet and tasty treats as much as the next guy, but I couldn’t survive on them. Sometimes my body craves a big, juicy, medium rare hunk of meat. Something to really sink my teeth into and send all my taste buds into a craze, you know? So when did the majority of TV viewers become junk food addicts to the exclusion of all other sustenance? (I don’t know why, but I’ve suddenly become very hungry).
Anyway, I better get on with my list; The Amazing Surviving Bachelor Race is coming on.
5. Better Off Ted This little known comedy about a group of people working at a think tank for the development of new products is a killer. The women are strong and hot, the guys are goofy and nerdy, and the ensemble as a whole is a winner. Do yourself a favor and seek this out. You will thank me.
4. Caprica Battlestar Galactica (the new series) is a masterpiece. If you agree with this statement, than you were both excited and a bit dubious when it was announced that a new show set 58 years before the events of BSG was in development. Then, you were thrilled when you saw how amazing it turned out to be. Then, you just wanted to throw bricks at SyFy’s HQ for not giving this series a chance.
3. Carnivale I’m dangerously close to shorting out my laptop from all the tears streaming down my cheeks as I write these lines. I’m a sucker for any biblical Good vs. Evil story, so I was giddy when HBO produced this humdinger set in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. I guess evil won out because they ended it on a doozy of a cliff hanger after only two seasons.
2. Rome HBO…again. And only two seasons…again. It’s a crying shame because the only thing I love more than an apocalyptic biblical showdown is a bloody historical soap opera. And this one delivered on all cylinders. But it got so costly that they couldn’t keep producing it. A tragedy.
1. Firefly In my perfect fantasy world (the one where I have more money that God), I have a cable network dedicated to rescuing all beloved but abandoned TV series. And the first one I would bring back to life would be this gem. There was such an uproar from the fan base when this show was discontinued that they actually produced a theatrical feature film. Get this. Watch this. Love this.