Hold on to your hats, readers! Um, because reading blogs can be windy work. No! Because this is part two of my Fall TV series. And be excited!
This blog is dedicated to shows that didn’t get cancelled and really should be going away. And usually not just because I hated them, though I don’t doubt there won’t be some of that here. The first one really shouldn’t surprise anyone here.
American Idol (Fox)- Even Randy Jackson bowed out. Randy. Jackson. The only one left is Ryan Seacrest and he looked so bored last season that I think the only reason he’s even sticking around is to win some kind of bet. And look at who’s won the last five seasons: Philip Phillips, a white guy with a guitar; Scotty McCreery, a white guy with a guitar; Lee DeWyze, a white guy with a guitar; Kris Allen, a white guy with a guitar; and David Cook, a white guy with a guitar. Even America is getting bored. They keep voting for the same kind of guy because they don’t even know that a new season has started, that’s how uninspiring each season has been. I hate to say it, Fox, but maybe you should have quit when Simon Cowell did. No one cares anymore.
The Biggest Loser (NBC)- This is another example of a show that should’ve quit when the real star did. Or, to be fair, when half of the reason people watched left. Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper made The Biggest Loser what it was. They could “good cop/bad cop” the fatties until the pounds fell off, with Bob whispering sweet motivational nothings into the contestants’ ears while Jillian tiny hot chick raged at them until they were sweating fear and fat. When Jillian left, they tried to replace her with two new trainers, Dolvett Quince and Anna Kournikova, but that combined with the really poorly set up “Battle of the Ages” format, where old people competed against younger people, just made for an unmemorable season. Besides, the contestants that last few seasons have just been whinier than usual, with two actually quitting the show last season in a “shocking twist” that happens every damned season. None of these people deserve the show and, frankly, there just isn’t any show without Jillian. Sorry Bob, you’re only half of a winning team. And sorry, Dolvett, you’re no Jillian Michaels.
Glee (Fox)- I used this as an example of a good show that should not have been allowed to last long enough to implode. It was a fun, great concept: loveable losers who sing their way to fame, fortune, and popularity seemed like it might be a great show but, unfortunately, the machine that is Ryan Murphy and company allowed fan feedback to bastardize what could have been a fun show for many seasons. With the potential to let kids graduate away and make room for new talent, I’d have really liked to see a constant change-up of vocal abilities, new stars, new stories but it seems like after seeing fans freak out about things like Klaine and Brittana, all stories started to revolve around similar pairings, lines were blurred between who was popular in New Directions and who was actually a loser, and no one learned a damned lesson. For three seasons, the stories suffered from an inability to keep any character consistent and the only way to start new arcs was to vilify a new member of the cast. One week, Quinn was the villain, the next week, Sue Sylvester, the next, that weird kid with the red ‘fro. And when someone else was a villain, someone like Sue would suddenly be redeemed for an episode. It was all just absurd. Glee should have been a Fox miniseries and ended after Regionals.
Not too many shows sticking around that shouldn’t, thank goodness. And I’m pretty fortunate that Sarah won’t be making me watch any of those shows this season. I have so many shows to watch this fall and now have more room in my schedule for them! Speaking of having more room in my schedule, come back here for Part Three to see which shows I’m adding to my fall lineup.