Re: Shows that need a permanent vacation.
When is it time to call it quits on a television show? When your favorite actor leaves? When the story lines become predictable? When tuning in becomes more a routine than a choice? There are bad habit TV shows and shows that simply have become bad. My bad habit television show is “The Real Housewives of New York City.” I know it’s not good for me but I watch it anyway. There’s also a strong argument to be made that it’s a terrible show. But, like most bad habits that you are only able to kick when you’re ready, I haven’t fully accepted a television season without the ridiculous behavior of the NYC ladies. Until I do, here’s a few suggestions for shows that I think television (and me and maybe you) would be better off without.
“Desperate Housewives.” This show lost me a few seasons ago when they had the neighbor kid locked in the basement storyline. The fast-forward into the future choice seemed well, desperate. Then Vanessa Williams moved into the neighborhood but I just kept looking for “Ugly Betty.” There’s a place for prime time soap opera on the television schedule but this show’s guilty pleasure days are well behind it.
“The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette.” I know it’s hard but can we all agree that a camera crew, a group of strangers and a person who believes that dating on national television is the path to true love is not the answer to a promising romantic future? (And really, how can we root for this season’s Bachelorette, Ashley, when she fell for Bentley, a man she knew for about two minutes?!) Since this show has become more interesting for the post-broadcast tabloid scandals it generates than for its hopeful shot at romance, it’s time to hand out the final rose.
“Cake Boss.” (See also cupcakes). Don’t get me wrong. I’m always up for watching the creation of things made with sugar and I appreciate the hard work that goes into sculpting flour and icing into say, a firetruck with actual working lights. But I think I’ve learned all I can about fondant and the families who use fondant to make a living. Ditto for cupcakes and the sisters who bake them.
“Law & Order SVU.” The detectives of the special victims unit are the last men (and women) standing in the once powerful “Law & Order” franchise. “Criminal Intent” ended in late June while the west coast incarnation, “Law & Order L.A.,” was canceled after one year. Despite the promising addition of Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish as replacements for Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, it will be tough to recreate the chemistry that Detectives Stabler and Benson shared for 12 seasons. Let’s bang the gavel one last time on this great franchise.
Any shows you want to see go on a permanent hiatus? Send me your thoughts on Twitter @MelissaCrawley.
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