Last year we recommended resolutions for shows and it seemed like some of them actually followed our advice. Of course, others completely ignored us, but yet we figured it couldn't hurt to try again. So here's what we hope networks, studios and showrunners do to improve their series in the New Year.
10. Melrose Place -- Use Heather Locklear Better
Things actually started getting good during the fall finale, but we're still bummed that Heather Locklear has been underutilized. Let the woman unleash her short skirts and inner bitch and then we'll be really happy.
9. The Office -- Make at Least One Character Likable
While the characters, especially Michael, have been imperfect or even downright cruel over the years, lately everyone at Dunder-Mifflin's Scranton branch has been acting like acerbic jerks. Just look at how rude Phyllis was about Santa! Between Michael randomly hating on Erin and disappointing the school kids, incompetent Jim, self-involved Pam and Dwight being Dwight, there's no one to root for any more. Except maybe Toby, who probably wishes he could fire them all.
8. American Idol -- Bring Back Paula
We know it's a long shot, but we're dreading a Paula-less season, especially if Ellen DeGeneres, who seemingly has no business critiquing singing, is going to be on the panel. We're guessing that means she'll be funny... or attempt to be, but that will wear thin quickly as it did when she guest-hosted So You Think You Can Dance.
7. How I Met Your Mother -- Let Us Meet the Mother Already
Honestly, we sort of stopped caring about Ted's journey to find his soulmate or whatever. We're far more interested in Barney's antics, or even Lily and Marshall's love life. Adding episodes about smoking and déjà vu dates, where we think we might actually see Ted meeting The One, really only seem like padding at this point. Let's meet her already and move on.
6. So You Think You Can Dance -- One Season a Year Is Enough
So You Think You Can Dance is one of our favorite reality shows but this experimental fall season convinced us that there really can be too much of a good thing. Let it go back to summer when we have the time to fully enjoy it. We rather miss it in the fall than be disappointed by it.
5. V -- Don't Be So Boring
The pilot was pretty great but since then we've had to struggle to stay awake during this show. How can a series about sexy aliens invading Earth be so dull? We sincerely hope that they liven things up in 2010; otherwise, we're going to have to shed this show about lizard people from our must-see lineup.
4. Fringe -- Less Monsters of the Week
We're hooked on Fringe mainly because we're intrigued by the Pattern. But we have to suffer through so many monster-of-the-week episodes before we get any info on those unexplained incidents. It'd be great if there was some sort of happy medium since we're killing our DVRs to watch this show on Thursday nights as it is.
3. Glee -- Stop Letting Will Rap
We're not against Mr. Schuester singing -- in fact, we might have paid to see Matt Morrison in Hairspray on Broadway more times than we should admit. However, that doesn't mean that his singing voice translates to rapping. It sounds weird and awkward, so let's stop before we have to hear his rendition of the latest Jay-Z track.
2. Gossip Girl -- More Chuck Bass
Remember Chuck Bass and how he used to be so awesome? Now he's sort of Blair's sidekick. That's a shame because he's theoretically one of the best characters on that show. Please find something juicy for him to do that doesn't involve a dead ghost in his brain. You know we love you, xoxo, TWoP.
1. Lost -- Don't Let the Finale Disappoint
We're still bummed about the way Battlestar Galactica ended and we're approximately 12 times more excited about seeing the ending of Lost than we were about that finale. We just hope it turns out to have been worth the wait and the countless hours we've spent over the years searching the Internet for clues and theories.
Let us know the resolutions you'd like to see your favorite shows make.
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