Year in Review: Top Disappointments, Part 1

Pushing Daisies' Cancellation

This was by far my biggest disappointment of 2008 in the land of television. Pushing Daisies is one of the most clever and unique shows that's been on television for quite some time. To describe this show in honor of our dear Daisies piemaker, this show has the delicious sweet crust of the fairytale narration and bright colors holding in the the plentiful filling of the nutty mixed berries that make up the most endearing characters one could ever hope for, plus the perfect dash of sarcasm sprinkled on top.

Journeyman's Cancellation

Journeyman, maybe a bit like Firefly in its time, didn't pull in the right viewers as its description of a man who started time traveling for unknown reasons to help people apparently lent itself to possible viewers finding it not as cool as Heroes in the timeslot before it on NBC, and not quite non-scifi enough for the drama fans. This show brought a great mix of mystery with the time traveling along with fascination with the main character and how his life would unfold in various times. It is sorely missed by fans who are left with the big 2008 disappointment that this one didn't get a chance to prove its greatness.

Kath and Kim's Lack of Funny

I'm not sure which is the biggest disappointment: the fact that with two hilarious co-stars, Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, this should have been our favorite hysterical, quirky comedy of 2008, or that even though it proved to be a big flop in the laughs department, it actually got renewed while some great shows got axed. It's also surprising that it could last on NBC which has made a name for itself as a home of comedy. But anyway about it, the expectations for Kath and Kim were high, and the quality tragically low, so no thanks to 2008 for bringing us this one.

My Own Worst Enemy's Lack of Awesomeness

Really, NBC? It seems all around this year, NBC has not delivered, as you'll see plenty more of in Part 2 of our 2008 disappointments! The way My Own Worst Enemy was hyped, it seemed expected to be a lighter 24 - still with plenty of mystery and drama, but with more endearing humor as fans could better relate to a man who is ordinary half the time, leading to some confused spy scenes, as opposed to a man like the untouchable Jack Bauer. But no such luck. While some dug right in to the episodes that did air, this one was also doomed to a quick cancellation after just plain confusing many viewers with the two personality issue.

Cashmere Mafia's Downfall

Cashmere Mafia didn't have a long life in 2008 as it didn't have a very long life at all - it premiered January 7th and aired its 6th and final episode on February 20th. I had thought there'd be hope for this one though it was going up against another show about a group of female professionals living in the city, Lipstick Jungle, which seemed to have the huge advantage of actually being written by the author of the show both these shows were imitating, Sex and the City. The hope for Cashmere fell to that it premiered a month before Lipstick, making at least an avid TV fan like myself feel attached to and defensive of the Cashmere ladies. But unfortunately, Cashmere's storylines (and ratings) couldn't hold up against the seemingly less fabulous Lipstick, which has since proven itself. But therein lies this 2008 disappointment - Cashmere Mafia did not get that same chance to show us the heart and great plot that it certainly could have developed.

Continue to Part 2



Default avatar cat
Dec 18, 2008 4:02AM EST

your wrong.kath & kim rules!!

Default avatar cat
Dec 18, 2008 5:12AM EST

Well said, but while a part of me mourns the passing of PD, another more honest part of me cannot deny that season 2 has been quite a disappointment =(

Large good to be queen
Dec 18, 2008 6:45AM EST

American Kath and Kim = major fail; it's just a bad shadow of the original Australian comedy. However, My Own Worst Enemy was just getting better and better as it found its sea legs. I'm sorry to see it go, as I was with Journeyman.

Default avatar cat
Dec 18, 2008 5:26PM EST

Have to agree with tvqueen. American Kath and Kim is horrible, it should never have been recreated- the humor of the original is Australian and can not be translated for American audiences.

Default avatar cat
Dec 25, 2008 4:00AM EST

They're making a huge mistake cancelling Daisies.

Default avatar cat
Dec 25, 2008 4:14AM EST

Does not a man weep for Eli Stone!

Default avatar cat
Dec 26, 2008 6:23PM EST

i love th original kath and kim but the little i've seen of the remake is dreadful!I guess the australian humour doesnt translate very well in the states.

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