Thursday, November 10, 2011

Getting Old, TV show-wise

When our favorite TV shows get old, no matter how much we love them, we turn into exes with unresolved issues, friends who never stayed in touch, or neighbors who moved to some far away place without leaving a contact number...we just lose the connection.

Growing up I super loved Survivor for its challenges, trivia potential and cunning-ness. But as it moved to new locations, endless castaways and numerous twists, I never saw an end, and got tired. It's a good thing to never quit but it's better to quit while you're ahead or on top. One is only as good as his/her last performance. Survivor just became, for me, one of those reality shows of the early 2000s.

Bones got old for me because of two things: (1) It took six seasons for Bones and Booth to hook up and even when they did, it was hazy (I can just imagine how longer it would have taken for them to hook up if Emily Deschanel didn't get pregnant); (2) It keeps killing off/writing off my favorite characters. It was big enough blow that they kicked out Eric Millegan (who plays the ever-lovable Dr. Zack Addy) for being unprofessional but it was changing to write off intern Vincent Nigel-Murray (played by Ryan Cartwright) as well. Watch out, Elon Gold.

Another show that grew old on me, so to speak, is House. My then-nursing student Ate convinced our family to do a House marathon of seasons 1 to 4. I stayed hook up to Season 6 but the never-ending, always-going-back-to-Dr.House-being-a-Vicodin-taking-jerk storyline just sucked the interest out of me. Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Cameron) leaving permanentlyLisa Edelstein (Dr. Cuddy) decision to leave to try out new things, and Olivia Wilde's (Dr. Hadley aka Thirteen) decision to focus on her movie career are manifestations of how the actors have realized the need to move on and the writers' refusing to do so. It's a good show but it's frustrating that writers don't realize when it's time to quit. Scrubs' writers nearly missed their cue when they tried to last longer than JD and Turk, and introduced a new batch of med students in Season 9.

I laud Chuck writers, producers, actors and even its TV network for deciding not to renew Chuck after Season 5 because, really, what do you do after Chuck Bartowski becomes a real spy and gets married to the love of his life? Is there more to tell? Yes, getting the Intersect out of his head, and being an agent on his own--which is what Season 5 is all about. It's not bad that Chuck is ending with bang (read: kick-ass episodes, stunts and special effects; wonderful set of guest stars), too.

It pains me to see that a show as good as House is slowly becoming that-show-that-got-old, and Bones is becoming just plain draggy. Goodbye, Thirteen. It was fun while it lasted.

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