|The Television Wasteland
||[Dec. 16th, 2008|09:56 am]
The television world has suffered greatly the last few years, at least I think so. I feel like I'm wandering an endless desert and once in awhile I will find an oasis to fill myself with entertainment. The seasons of television shows is getting shorter and shorter. How I Met Your Mother has become one of my favourite shows over the last four years and it will end its fourth season in February, according to the great Wikipedia, at only twelve episodes. I was able to accept this kind of thing during the writer's strike. It made sense then, as no writers meant no new stories and no new episodes. The strike is over though and twelve episodes seems far too short especially when a season usually doesn't come to an end until April. |
Weeds is another particular example of this. It was over before it even started. The fourth season started in June and ended in September with thirteen episodes. Showcase is really in a league of its own though. Its shows are usually off the wall and run in bizarre seasons. I can't really fault Weeds for that, but thirteen episodes? It really seems that just as I find myself drawn into a season it is over.
Of course my main problem is with mainstream television. While a show like How I Met Your Mother gets twelve episodes, like I said according to Wiki (it could be wrong), a show like Big Brother got two runs in one year. I kid you not. It ran twice in 2008. I understand I am a hypocrite when it comes to berating the Reality shows, as I myself enjoy Trading Spouses if I catch it, but two runs in on year? While shows like Big Brother run strong a show like Scrubs ended abruptly and without real warning. The final episode was a lame dream sequence like episode - I think it was a musical of some sort - and that is a total fucking cop out.
I know I'm going to attract some flak for this one, but it has to be said: Heroes is pretty much dead. I've watched all of this season and while I enjoyed it for the most part; it was the same plot again. Nathan is a douche - I get it - move on.
So here we are friends on the verge of 2009. A year that I doubt will be any better for us. A show like Prison Break goes on strong. They've all ready escaped from prison...twice. I know a lot of people who enjoyed the first two seasons, but now just loathe it. There is a character called T-Bag. Seriously, did some twelve year old haunting the internet come up with that one? The Office looks like it will be done at the end of January, only for the season I hope. The Wiki tells me that this season of 30 Rock is apparently all ready over at six episodes. So here is our future; more reality tv, more shows that re-hash the same idea over and over and that my friends is a bleak future indeed.
I've done a little more digging and it would appear that I was incorrect. A few of these shows will in fact be running their full seasons of 20-22 episodes. Perhaps I've made mountains out of molehills.