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FlashForward gets its act together
There was so much potential here, but as mentioned previously, FlashForward ended up being one of my biggest TV disappointments of 2009. Lame characters, flimsy plot development. You know I'm, right. That being said, I don't think that the show is beyond repair. I stand by my contention that it has a great premise that has merely been poorly executed. The show is on an extended hiatus - coming back mid March. Here's to hoping that when it returns, it reinvents itself as the great series that it has the potential to be!
Chuck turns into a megahit for NBC
I think all Chuck fans are in agreement that this show should be so much bigger of a hit than it actually is. If only people watched...there's no way they wouldn't fall in love! I personally think the error occurred early on in that the show was mis-marketed by NBC. It's hard to encapsulate all that Chuck is in a 30 second promo - dramatic yet hilarious, ridiculous yet at the same time not entirely beyond plausible. I think many people were turned off from the show early on because the promos just didn't do the show justice - presenting it as all goof and no substance. Chuck is just such a breath of fresh air - and I wish everyone could watch and experience this for themselves!
People stop watching American Idol
It's not that I have some sort of deep-seated hatred or anything for Idol; in fact, I quite enjoy some of the current music superstars that the show has produced - mainly Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. That being said, I just fail to understand what is so fantastic about this show that it commands the insane viewership that it does. It just makes me sad that 30 million people want to watch Idol, when so many inventive, original shows cannot attract any viewers. So, for this season, I wish that Idol finally shows some signs of deterioration in its reign of TV ratings. It's time to spread the ratings love!
I've now mentioned multiple times how enamored I have become with both of these comedies. Sadly for Ted and Parks - it seems as though the world at large may not be ready for their brilliance. Both have been struggling in the ratings - particularly Ted. The fact that ABC is now burning off Ted with double episodes on Tuesdays (and that random New Year's Day ep) does not bode well for its future. Though Parks is also pretty low-rated on NBC's Thursday night comedy lineup, I think that because thematically and stylistically it fits so well with everything else that's on that lineup (Office and 30 Rock) and because of Amy Poeher's history with NBC - that Parks has a slightly better shot between the 2 of making it. But here's to wishing that both shows survive to see another season!
Lost ends in a way that satisfies the fans
Just because a series is beloved does not mean that it can't end on a sour note. Examples: Battlestar Galactica and Seinfeld and even...dare I say...The Sopranos are all examples of much-beloved series that had somewhat controversial finales with which many fans were not satisfied. My wish for Lost is that it can go down with a finale that is universally accepted as a terrific series conclusion (like Six Feet Under - a series finale which everybody loved). I don't want Lost's legacy to be tarnished by a series finale that people view as subpar. I think a fantastic series finale will secure the show's place in the record books as one of the best ever.
Aging CW series end their runs
Because the word 'canceled' sounds so harsh (and we tend to associate series cancellations with a shows's premature death) - note my carefully worded wish as "shows end their runs". I wouldn't be terribly sad if we said goodbye to any of these shows come the end of this season. I know that each of these shows has their own collective of fans that will tell me to 'go to hell' for this wish, but it's undeniable that Smallville, One Tree Hill and America's Next Top Model are all getting old. I think it's time that we get some more fresh blood onto the CW's schedule, which means creating schedule space. These shows all had great runs, but I think that their heyday has passed.
ABC does right by their pledge to air the remainder of Eastwick
I can't lie; I was pretty bummed that ABC opted to cancel Eastwick. As I mentioned earlier this fall, I viewed it as my Lipstick Jungle replacement - my hour of silly, girly, escapist TV for the week. However, I'm well aware that Eastwick was not exactly great TV, so I'll find a way to manage without it. That being said, only 11 episodes have aired, while 13 have been produced - and as of this week, Eastwick has ceded its timeslot to Ugly Betty. When they canceled the show, ABC promised that they would air all 13 episodes. ABC - somewhat shockingly - fulfilled their similar promise last year when they aired the final episodes of Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money and Pushing Daisies after they were canceled. Here's to hoping that they do this for us once more - as I'd in the very least love to see how those final 2 Eastwick episodes wrapped things up.
Parenthood doesn't suck
I know that on paper Parenthood pretty much just sounds like the NBC version of Brothers & Sisters. Big family of adult siblings. Lots of drama. That being said, I think there's still room for 2 shows like this on television - and especially over on NBC, which is lacking a classic family drama these days (well, they do have Friday Night Lights, but that won't be on until the summer). I love the pedigree that Parenthood has going for it; while it's terrible that Maura Tierney had health problems and had to drop out, I can't wait to see Lauren Graham back on TV! I've also been missing Peter Krause since Six Feet Under concluded (I never got into DSM). But...knowing NBC, they could totally mess this up - they have been faring pretty poorly with their remakes/adaptations in recent times (Bionic Woman or Knight Rider, anyone?). So, here's to hoping that Parenthood doesn't suck!
Modern Family doesn't overdose on guest stars
We've already stated countless times how fond we are here at SideReel of new comedy Modern Family. That being said, my one concern is that they have been going pretty heavy on the big name guest stars. This week we have Benjamin Bratt and before that we've already had Elizabeth Banks, Edward Norton and Shelley Long, to name a few. It's fine to have guest stars and Modern Family has been incorporating them pretty well, but you never want a show to fall into the "guest star of the week" syndrome (classic case of this = Wlil & Grace and more recently, even 30 Rock has been somewhat guilty of this) - where the show's main characters and plotlines suffer due to some need to craft plotlines around the appearance of the big name guest stars. So, the occasional guest star is fine, but here's to hoping that the show remembers that it can stand on its own just fine.
No more spinoffs. No more remakes. No more prequels (exception: Caprica)'
We've already got 3 CSIs and more Law & Orders than I can count. With the success of NCIS spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles, it's pretty much inevitable that more of those will be on the way. There also have been rumblings for quite some time now about a Criminal Minds spinoff. And then we also have the remakes/prequels a la 90210 (which admittedly, I've been liking lately) and the disaster that is [[Melrose Place. We've kind of started to go overboard here on all of the spinoffs and remakes, don't you think? So, when development starts for next Fall's new TV, here's to hoping that the networks have some more originality than making yet another crime procedural spinoff, another remake of a 90s TV show or god forbid, another Real Housewives entry. Wishful thinking?
What are some of your TV wishes for 2010?