Here at SideReel we've reviewed 2009 TV, so now it's time to look ahead at TV in the new year! Here are my top 10 wishes for what I believe will make TV in 2010 great.
Heroes improves the carnival storyline
While it seems like an interesting idea for heroes to be free and open about their powers by showing them off in a carnival, Heroes tried introducing new heroes in Season 2 and it failed, and it doesn't seem like that's turning out any differently for Season 4. Here's hoping that this carnival storyline will get to the point sooner rather than later in 2010 so we can see what it has to offer beyond a distraction from the show having no direction with its original characters.
Glee has more to give
Being a true blue gleek, I'm not saying I don't have faith in Glee continuing to be fantastic, but after all the main storylines coming to a head and/or conclusion in the fall finale, my Glee hope for 2010 is that they didn't burn themselves out trying to impress and keep Glee on the air this fall.
Grey's Anatomy improves or gets canceled
While Grey's has been losing its way and fans for a few years, I'd say between the Denny ghost storyline, George dying, Izzie living then disappearing, and trying to work in the recession, 2009 was a bad year for Grey's. It's hard to keep a show going six seasons in, and since Grey's is not proving to have a lot more to offer, I'd really like 2010 to be the year where Grey's gets its act together or decides to call it quits with the chance for a proper conclusion. Isn't it time to just know MerDer lives happily ever after already without us having to watch them from week to week?
Huddy actually happens on House
We've been playing the will-they-or-won't-they game with House and Cuddy for 5 1/2 seasons now. This past year brought the closest call yet on them getting together, then when it didn't happen, it almost seemed like it was going to be the final word that it would never happen for them... and then that didn't happen. After getting so close this season, I think 2010 needs to finally be the year where they just decide already if they're going to get together or not. I think the show can go on either way, and it's just getting exhausting to continue to play the waiting game.
Gossip Girl figures out what to do with Serena & Nate's lives
Gossip Girl has been a bit of a mess this season with all of the gang except Jenny graduating high school, but I think the worst part of "GG goes to college" has been not everyone just going to college. Serena needed to stay close instead of go to Brown, but that decision should have led to going to the same college as the rest of the group instead of trying to have a job. Along with that, Nate needs to stop with all the external family drama that makes his storylines too separate from the rest of the group as well. My big wish for 2010 that I think would greatly improve GG overall is to figure out what Serena and Nate are doing already, and hopefully that will lead to focusing on college, new friends, and new drama!
The Office baby adds to the show
As an enormous Jim and Pam fan, their wedding was definitely a big TV highlight for me in 2009, but the immediate addition of a JAM baby makes me a little nervous. Since it threw off the dynamic of the show and cast when Pam was off in NY at art school, I worry that a new baby could take Pam out of the mix for a while, and mess with the balance and humor of the show instead of adding to it. So, here's hoping The Office gang has a good plan for baby JAM and how baby storylines can add to the show instead of messing with what we love!
True Blood has a better villain storyline for Season 3
Season 2 of True Blood was amazing, but I while MaryAnn was an interesting villain, her entire story was not great. I much preferred Season 1's murder mystery plot to the devil woman + town madness theme of Season 2, so my wish for the new True Blood season of 2010 is that there will be a much more solid season villain theme to go along with the surrounding awesomeness!
Dollhouse has a proper series conclusion
It is sad to see Dollhouse go so soon especially after such a good fan fight for it last year, so the only acceptable way to see this one go out is with a bang. Joss Whedon and his shows have become famous as one season hit wonders, so now that Dollhouse not only got a second season, but enough of a warning of its cancellation to write a good conclusion, my hope is that all those working on the show really do it justice for the fans.
Annie and Jasper go to jail on 90210
This is probably my most outrageous TV wish for 2010, but it's what I really want, so I'm sayin' it! Jasper going to jail is probably a little more reasonable considering he's a drug dealer with no complicated details around that illegal fact, but since he's so young, he may get off easy even if he does get in legal trouble. But he's just so annoying, I hope this character can be taught a serious lesson... which leads me to our ex-90210 leading lady, the insanely annoying Annie! Her crime is a little more tricky being an accident and her being a scared, confused teen, but drinking and driving, and a hit-and-run, and a witness? That sounds like a good possibility for her to get in some serious trouble if it goes to the police, and in my dream of dreams, I'd love to see good girl-turned-really-dumb-and-annoying-pretend bad girl go away for a while - however that may be done.
Cougar Town gets canceled
While this isn't the worst new comedy, it's not the best. My 2009 wish was that this would be Courteney Cox Arquette's fun and fantastic return to comedy, but instead it's just a cute, tolerable 30 minutes of predictable characters saying predictable things. So my hope for 2010 is that this one just ends quietly instead of going on to a second season which will predictably slide downhill into a much more embarrassing cancellation.
What are your 2010 TV wishes?