TV Wishlist For 2010
2009 is officially ending and 2010 is beginning. What this year means for the entertainment world is anyone's guess, but there will probably be some blockbusters, some brilliant indie films, a few surprises and disappointments, and then excitement for the following year. On television there have been some great new shows, such as "Glee" and "Modern Family," and some older shows that are going strong, like "24" and "Criminal Minds." But every once and awhile fans have to think about what little things they'd change in their favorite shows, and here's a look at a TV Wishlist for 2010.
1. Lost ends in a satisfying fashion.
It is the sixth and last season of "Lost" starting February 2nd, and there is just one thing on all the minds of the fans: please, please, please let is end in a good way. There's nothing worse than being disappointed by the end of your favorite television show, and the past few seasons of "Lost" have been brilliant. The problem with this show is that the things everyone loves the most about it - the mysteries - have to be at least partially answered by the time it ends. If the big ones are not answered, the fans will revolt. If all of them are answered meticulously, it will probably be boring. The writers of "Lost" have an enormous amount of pressure on their shoulders, but they seem to know what they're doing. We hope.
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2. Bones just gets Booth and Brennan together already!
Listen, fans aren't stupid. We understand that shows often do the will-they-won't-they as long as possible to drag out relationships so everyone keeps watching. It works. The anticipation is half the fun. Plus there's the fact that a lot of shows have trouble with characters once they actually get together. "Bones" has done an excellent job of taking their two major characters, who have enormous chemistry, and slowly building the relationship from partners, to friends, and finally to potential lovers. This season Booth has finally realized his feelings for Brennan, and she is the only person on the show that doesn't know he loves her. Everyone is just waiting for the analytical doctor to return his feelings. It will be a very daring move on the part of the show, but it's really about time. It's sink or swim time, and they have to trust the audience who loves these characters to stick through it.
3. Ellen doesn't suck on American Idol.
When Paula Abdul announced she was leaving "American Idol" after all of these years, people were in an uproar. Some were happy she was leaving, and many were horrified by the idea of the show without her. The addition of Kara Dioguardi to the judge panel threw things off in the beginning, so people wondered if Paula would be replaced or if they'd just stick to three again. But no! There was a new judge: comedian Ellen Degeneres. Does she have anything to do with the music world? No. Is she an entertainment heavy hitter with millions of devoted fans? Absolutely. While we expect many newcomers will tune in just to see their beloved Ellen on the show, we do hope that she still manages to be a helpful judge. Or at least crack enough jokes no one minds she is there taking up time.
4. Bob Vance is the buyer on "The Office."
In the last episode of "The Office," Dunder Mifflin was bought by an unknown source which meant all of our favorite characters got to keep their jobs. They celebrated, but there was one little comment that got all the fans talking. Phyllis was excited that she got the chance to play Santa Claus that year, and Michael was giving her trouble about it. She made a remark that they should be careful because she'd mention to her husband Bob that Michael was bothering her. When he questioned her, she shut up, but a lot of people speculated this meant that Bob Vance bought Dunder Mifflin. And Phyllis would have a lot of power over her co-workers. We're still crossing our fingers this is true, because it would cause a new dynamic between everyone, and probably drive Michael crazy!
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5. "FlashForward" gives a little more personality to the characters.
"Flashforward" was a highly anticipated show for ABC, apparently their new "Lost," and it started out very strong. Over the weeks, however, the ratings have steadily dropped and it seems surprising since the story is rather interesting and consistently so. It may be because the characters have all the personality of a tree. Dominic Monaghan certainly brought in a little energy as the brilliant scientist Simon, and several of the actors do try to bring emotion to their characters, but they're just not altogether that interesting. Especially not the main character, Mark, who seems to spend most of his time sulking or getting angry. There is a great deal of excellent programming involved with this show, but if the fans don't care about the characters, they won't care about the show.
6. "Glee" stops doing An Important Lesson episodes.
There is no show on TV as charming and adorable as "Glee." It just took everyone by surprise. Who would've said that the best new show of the year would be a musical set in high school? That wasn't meant for just teenagers and kids? This show is sharp, witty, snarky, and has some of the most talented young singers from Broadway involved. Every week we get four or so fantastic songs to add to our iTunes, and Jane Lynch is so good it hurts. The only times this show has a few bumps is when it tries to teach everyone An Important Lesson. Like when they sang with the deaf students, stepping into their performance and taking over, and it was meant to be sweet but came off as insensitive. The audience for "Glee" does not need to be preached to. This show can handle serious issues fairly well, like Kurt's father dealing with his homosexuality gracefully and Artie's handicap, but when it goes a little heavy handed on the lessons, it moves from amusing comedy to made-for-TV-movie. We love you, "Glee." You don't have to sell us on anything but your music.
7. "Grey's Anatomy" stops swapping partners every week.
Okay, so after all these years the fans of "Grey's Anatomy" knows that relationships never last long on the show. No matter how much you champion a relationship, it will probably end in flames and the characters will move on after a few episodes to the next love of their life. Yet perhaps the show runners should take a look at Meredith and Derek, because after years of tugging that couple around, they have finally settled into marital bliss. And it works! The two of them are more likable than ever now that the angst has been worked out, and they are looking for ways to give them challenges that don't require switching beds every other episode. Arguably the best part about the show is the medicine and how the characters relate to one another and their jobs, so focusing a little more on the medicine and a little less on the soap opera could be nice. From time to time.
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8. "Dollhouse" moves to SyFy.
This is a wish-list, so impossible things can be wished. "Dollhouse" was doomed from the beginning when it was given the death slot on Friday nights, but FOX surprised the downtrodden Whedon fans when they renewed it for a second season. Even if the show has gotten substantially better in the past six episodes, the ratings caused it to finally be canceled. So here's what should happen: sell it to a different network. "Southland" did that, and SyFy is known for letting its shows survive for years on end regardless of ratings. They would probably love to get their hands on a Joss Whedon universe, and he'd be treated like a king. It might not get a big budget, but it would survive. This will never happen, but we wish, oh how we wish.
9. More interesting cases on "House."
"House" used to be known for having bizarre and unheard of medical cases that kept you getting until the very last moment of the episode. How about the supermodel who turned out to be a male, or the girl who didn't feel pain with a giant tapeworm in her stomach? Those were insane. When fans think about the weirdest cases, they usually come from the first seasons, and in the last few years have focused a bit more on the characters than on medical mysteries. Yes every episode there is a patient and House has to figure out what is wrong with them, but less and less time is spent deconstructing the illness and the patient. More time is spent on Foreteen's relationship or House's growing mental problems. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and we like to care about the doctors, but more of a balance again would be nice. Oh, and kudos to the show for keeping House a recovering addict rather than pushing him back on pills immediately. That was a bold move that's working for you.
10. Just kill "Scrubs" already!
The title speaks for itself, but seriously. "Scrubs" had the lowest ratings for years, even up against repeats of other shows. Shows have tried in the past to reboot a series once their favorite characters have retired, but this is not "ER." Replacing JD with an annoying Eliot-lite girl and basically rehasing the same plots of and over is not interesting. Let the show die before the fans forget how wonderful it was in the first few seasons.
Story by Chelsea Doyle
Starpulse contributing writer
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