TV Series – Too Little…and Too Late

The television upfronts were last week and new shows were announced while old shows were cancelled. And it got me thinking – what favorite shows of mine have been cancelled too early…and which have stuck around a season or three too long? And, as usual, when I am talking television around here, two rules apply: 1) I am only talking about shows I’ve watched and I can’t possibly even cover all of those so I’ll choose the ones that stood out to me 2) Spoilers seem reasonably inevitable, but I’ll put a *spoilers* next to the show’s name if I say something specific about a show.

Too Little:

Veronica Mars

I didn’t watch this show live but watched later via Amazon Prime instant video and couldn’t believe it was cancelled after three seasons! It was so good! So good, in fact, that a public crowd campaign managed to finance a Veronica Mars movie that was released last year in order to tie up loose ends. And it was great. Now if they could just get started on my Gilmore Girls movie, mmmk?

Lie to Me

Lie to Me was a crime drama that focused on a consulting group that assisted law enforcement by examining micro expressions and body language for signs of falsehoods. I thought it was brilliant and very informative. A great cast and well done story lines that were cancelled far too soon.

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The Newsroom

Well-written and fascinating to watch, the Newsroom depicted a fictional news station and its anchors. The writers wove real life events into the drama, examining how a studio and anchors would handle reporting the news of events such as the death of Osama Bin Laden. I knew it couldn’t last forever with big names like Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels, but three seasons left me wanting more. Below is the opening scene of the show, a video (HBO language, FYI) that quickly went viral:

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 lasted a mere two seasons but I thought it was funny and quirky. Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek (as himself) were hilarious and I was surprised the show was cancelled so soon. My guess is that ABC just wasn’t the right fit for the show and it would have done better on Fox (New Girl-style) or Netflix/Hulu.

Too Late:

How I Met Your Mother *spoilers*

Ugh, the ultimate example of a show that lasted two or three seasons too long. I talked about the finale here, and emphasized that part of the reason the finale was so bad was because the entire final season was undone in the first 10 minutes! Let me get this straight – you’re going to do an entire season of episodes based solely on Robin and Barney’s wedding, and then in the final episode have them get divorced? What a waste of time.

Grey’s Anatomy *spoilers*

You may remember when I talked about Grey’s Anatomy breaking up with me? Well, I have stayed true to my word and haven’t watched an episode since they killed off McDreamy. Not because I was such a huge fan of Patrick Dempsey, but more a huge fan of happiness and I think that show has jumped off the happy train and into the pit of despair. My prediction is that the show does not last more than another season, possibly two.

These are my angry eyes, Shonda!

These are my angry eyes, Shonda!

Gossip Girl

Six seasons of hearing that signature sign off, “X-O-X-O, Gossip Girl” while four seasons probably would have been enough. Several of the actors and actresses abandoned ship themselves by the fourth season – producers probably should have taken a hint. In fact, that applies to most shows…when a lead actor leaves, usually its time to cancel. This fact applies to Scrubs, The O.C., Two and a Half Men, That 70s Show. Shows that have managed a few (or more) seasons after they’ve lost a leading star? Grey’s (but that reign is over, in my humble opinion it can only last so long), Criminal Minds, The Office, SVU.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Fifteen seasons and the original CSI managed to outlast all of the spinoffs but it probably should have been finished years ago. The show was finally cancelled after this season, with the announcement that a two-hour television movie will air in the fall to wrap up the show with appearances by the original cast members.

CSI

Alright, those are some of my favorite shows and ones I think were cancelled too early, as well as those I think hung on a few years too long. I can’t recommend the “Too Little” series enough as pretty amazing weekend binge watches!

What shows do you think were cancelled too early? Too late?

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Friday Five – April 24, 2015

Friday Five

 

1. Starburst Jellybeans FaveReds

You guys. You can buy a bag of Starburst Jellybeans that are only the red flavors – watermelon, cherry and strawberry. Best invention ever. Just wanted to report on my excitement.

Starburst Jellybeans

 

2. Cats Playing Patty Cake

Crazy cat lady alert! This is worth a watch just for the funny voice overs.

3. 90s Disney with 90s R&B

The perfect mash up – Disney songs and 90s R&B songs. Well done.

4. Pandora’s New Commercial

Ohmygoodness did Pandora get this one right! They blindfolded six kids and told them to find their Moms. It’s adorable.

5. Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s broke up with me last night. I had thought this season was too sad and I was getting a little bit exasperated because it felt like the writers needed some more sunshine in their life – so I was contemplating a break up myself. But they beat me to it. Nothing left for me to see there and I predict many viewers will agree. I don’t want to watch the aftermath of this because I find nothing enjoyable about watching that level of grief and sadness. You can make good television without it. And I am purposely not posting what happened, in case you have taken a vow of social media/television/radio/internet silence and haven’t heard what happened…though I am impressed if you watch the show and haven’t heard/seen/read about it!

Bones

How was your week? Are you still recovering from Grey’s? 

2014 New Fall TV Reviews

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Afraid you’ll commit to a new television program just to have it be cancelled as soon as you are invested? Never fear, I believe most of the new Fall shows have premiered and I’m here to give you my reviews! Through the magic of DVR, Josh and I usually try and watch the first few episodes of anything that interests us and this year I paid attention so I could tell you all what I thought was good enough to stay on your DVR! 

DVR Worthy:

1. </Scorpion> – CBS, Mondays at 9:00

It’s like The Big Bang Theory meets NCIS/Criminal Minds/any crime drama. It’s a group of geniuses that have come together to help the government solve crimes. I’ve really enjoyed the first couple of episodes and hope they are able to continue the interesting plot lines that are loosely based on the life of genius Walter O’Brien. It’s not hard-hitting, but each episode has kept me entertained.

2. Gotham – FOX, Mondays at 8:00

Taking a look at Lieutenant Gordon BEFORE he became Batman’s bestie in the police force. Gotham introduces us to The Penguin, Cat Woman, etc and begins with Detective Gordon trying to solve the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne (Batman’s parents). My only issue with this? Anyone that has ever seen Batman knows that A. The murder isn’t solved and B. Bruce Wayne becomes Batman because Gotham is a seedy underworld that needs saving – which means poor Detective Gordon is going to be fighting a losing battle this entire series. I don’t love that. I do, however, love seeing my boy Ryan Atwood in a television series again!

3. blackish – ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30

I haven’t laughed out loud so much during a sitcom since Modern Family’s first season. Yes, I am probably not the target audience for a show based around an upper middle class black family whose father is afraid his kids are losing touch with their roots, but I have found the storylines to be funny and engaging and not at all exclusively “blackish.” There is no white or black when it comes down to the age-old husband and wife argument of how to load the dishwasher correctly! For inquiring minds? In our house, utensils go sharp end down, bowls on the top racks, plates facing towards the middle, single-file. (Edited to add: Already picked up for a full season!)

4. Marry Me – NBC, Tuesdays at 9:00

Full disclosure, I love Casey Wilson and loved her cancelled-too-soon show Happy Endings. But Marry Me looks like a good replacement. Great chemistry between Wilson and her co-star Ken Marino, as well as a fun supporting cast, though some of which I can see being weeded out if the show gets picked up. Both Josh and I laughed out loud quite a few times at Wilson’s neuroticism and the rom-com esque plotlines.

5. The Flash – The CW, Tuesdays at 8:00

First off, I love The Arrow. That’s The CW’s other show based in the DC Comics world and in its third season of awesomeness. The Flash is a spinoff and so far, so good. Great casting and the first few episodes have made my inner comic book geek very happy. (Edited to add: Already picked up for a full season!)

6. How To Get Away with Murder – ABC, Thursdays at 10:00

Obviously, there’s a Queens University shout-out here as one of the minor reoccurring characters went to college with me! But that’s irrelevant because this show is good, though a little crazy at times. It reminds me of Revenge and Scandal – you’re not going to learn anything, but all the intrigue, plotting and backstabbing is very entertaining. (Edited to add: Already picked up for a full season!)

We’re Not Worthy:

7. The Mysteries of Laura – NBC, Wednesdays at 8:00

I love Debra Messing so I was really hoping I would like this show. But I have to tell you, it’s not awesome. Yes, women have children and go back to work. Yes, it is a struggle. No, you still haven’t managed to make the struggle funny or new.

8. Mulaney – FOX, Sundays at 9:30

I LOVE John Mulaney. Huge fan of him. This show? Not so much. It has potential, if only because John Mulaney is an excellent writer (he wrote for SNL) and standup comedian – so the possibility to become Seinfeld-esque is there…but it’s not there yet.

9. & 10. A to Z and Manhattan Love Story – NBC, Thursdays at 9:30/ABC, Tuesdays

Two more rom-com sitcoms that are just okay. Neither made me laugh like and neither had plot lines that kept me wanting to DVR it. I’d be surprised if A to Z gets picked up for a full season, and VERY surprised if Manhattan Love Story does. (Edited to add: Manhattan Love Story has become the first Fall 2014 show to be cancelled)

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There you go! It’s not too late to cancel the duds or catch up online/on demand with some of my new Fall favorites.

Love anything I disliked? Dislike anything I love? Drop me a comment below and let me know what’s your favorite new Fall TV show!

You say ‘Potato’, I say ‘Potahhhto’

TWHS

Here’s another Throwback Thursday “That’s What He Said” for all of you who may have missed the Facebook status version:

Josh and I were discussing a friend’s favorite show:

Me: “She likes Downton Abbey.”

Josh: “What’s Downtown Abbey?”

Me: “It’s Downton Abbey, not Downtown.”

Josh: “You say potato, I say potahhhto.”

Me: “No. This is not a potato/potaaahto situation. They’re different words.”

Josh: “Downtown. Downton. Potato. Potato.”

Me: “But…”

<Sigh>

Me: “Forget it.”

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TV Series Finales – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s that time of year again – season and series finales are going on and some long-running shows have come to an end. It started me thinking on what have been some of the best and worst series finales that I have seen over the years. Two things to keep in mind before you read this list: 1) I am only doing series that I watched, thus MASH, Dallas and Breaking Bad are not going to make the list, as I never watched them…so no need to tell me all about who shot J.R. or Walter White’s phenomenal acting in the comments. 2) Most of these shows have been off the air for years, but I will warn you: Spoilers are completely unavoidable, so if you see a show you haven’t watched, or someday plan to Netflix on a rainy weekend, STOP READING.

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The Good:

1. The Wire

It gets top billing from me because I think it is the best written and acted show of all time. All. Time. For those not familiar, The Wire is a crime drama and not for the faint of heart. It concentrates on the corruption in Baltimore – corruption in the school system, politics, police force, journalism, and shipyards. It takes a hard look at drug culture and poverty, following characters on paths of both destruction and redemption. The finale did what all good finales should – tied up loose ends, continued a high standard of storytelling and acting, as well as included a few shocking conclusions.

2. Dawson’s Creek

It was always going to be Joey and Dawson right?! Heck, it’s called Dawson’s Creek – he’s gotta get the girl right? Nope, sorry folks, but I’ve always been #teampacey so I was thrilled with this finale. Dawson does get to be a big shot TV producer so at least he gets that dream. And Jen’s dying message to her baby girl? “Be a dreamer…and remember, to love is to live…” It’s one of the best TV speeches I’ve ever seen and even my heart of stone was breaking.

3. Friends

She gets off the plane. Thus we get to see the Rachel and Ross saga continue – nothing was ever easy with them so it was an appropriate culmination for her to say goodbye and head off to Paris….and then come to her senses. And it all ends in the apartment – an apartment all of them at some point had lived in and where almost every big event in the show’s history happened…Well played.

The Bad:

4. Gilmore Girls

I needed more laughs, more tears and more of the quick-wit dialogue the show had been famous for in the finale. I also need to see a little flash forward…give me a hint about Luke and Lorelai, or even Rory and ….gasp… Jess. It has to be Jess. If there was ONE show that I would ever donate a dollar to Kickstarter (Veronica Mars-style) in order to make a movie, Gilmore Girls is it. I didn’t hate the finale, but I thought it could have been much better.

5. The Sopranos

I know, I know, some people loved it. And some people hated it. And that’s why it lands in the “Bad” and not the “Ugly”. The infamous fade to black was the ultimate in either artistic integrity or total cop-out. I lean towards the hate it crowd, as I like loose ends tied and a feeling of resolution when a fictional story is coming to an end.

And the Ugly:

6. Lost

I already wrote one rant featuring the hours I lost watching Lost, but I have to say it again: The ending was awful. It made everyone that said “They were all dead” seem like they were right and gave no explanation as to why they were wrong. Heads up: It was a sideways, alternate timeline at the end, and they were NOT in purgatory the entire show. The island was there, the beginning seasons happened, they were not dead the entire time. The finale refused to tie up loose ends/island mysteries and that left people confused and disappointed.

7. Seinfeld

Ugh, I hated this series finale. It was a smart show that was funny even though a lot of the characters weren’t very likeable. And the finale featured them on trial (for not stopping a crime) and it felt like they were just trying to find a vehicle to show 100 cameos. I’m not super sure how to make this finale better, but I know this is one of the worst conclusions of an amazing show I’ve ever seen.

8. How I Met Your Mother

If I close my eyes and concentrate really hard, I am pretty sure I can hear my friend Hope, 150 miles away, STILL ranting about the injustice of this finale. Personally, I would never have put this in the “Ugly” if the final season hadn’t taken place. The show needed to end a few seasons ago, but since they dedicated the ENTIRE final season to Barney and Robin’s wedding…and then have them divorce in the first 16 minutes of the finale…that felt like a waste of time and really annoyed me. I don’t mind where the characters ended up, but I do mind how they got there.

HIMYM finale

And that’s my list! If you’re interested in purchasing any of the seasons of my favorite TV series finales…click on the DVD photo and it’ll take you straight to Amazon!

What are you some of your favorite TV series finales? Do you agree with my choices and/or the categories I put them in?