Hello there, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Camryn Manheim, and everyone else involved in Ghost Whisperer (except for Jamie Kennedy),
I've been a loyal watcher of this show since it started (and I'm not even nearly as embarrassed about that fact as I should be). I've stood by as you killed off Aisha Tyler. I suffered when Jay Mohr left (admittedly not your fault since he got that new sitcom gig). I tried to let Jamie Kennedy grow on me, even though I really can't stand him or his whiny character. I was skeptical when you killed off Melinda and then brought her back to life. I've watched the entirety of JLH's alternately bizarre and revealing parade of fashion. I went with you on some really weird story arcs. In fact, I don't think I've ever missed an episode.
But now you've gone and done it. You killed off Jim. The single most amazing husband on television. He's hot, hard-working, extremely understanding and just wonderful. It doesn't hurt that he's played by the amazing David Conrad, who I have had a crush on since back in his Relativity days. (God, I miss that show.)
I had heard the rumors around the internet for a while that this is the direction the show was going in. I chose to live in a state of denial until I saw it with my very own eyes last week. It has taken me this whole time to actually kind of wrap my head around it. While the commercials for this week's episode lead me to believe that Jim will be sticking around in ghostly form, that doesn't make me feel any better at all. First, Melinda's entire gimmick is crossing people over, so keeping her husband as a ghost does away with her whole "you need closure" mantra. Second, that same storyline is sucking the life out of Izzie on Grey's Anatomy. And you made me watch an entire season about how much the two of them wanted to try to have a baby, only to go and kill off the potential father?!? If she's pregnant, she's now got to raise the kid on her own. If she's not, now she's going to be doubly miserable. This is just not good. Not good at all.
I've been giving it some thought this week, while I was going to keep watching to see how things play out. I want to have faith that it will work out. That someone over there knows what they are doing and this isn't just the worst decision ever. But after a lot of soul-searching, I've decided I'm going to pull off the band-aid and just be done with it. I'm sorry. I used to really enjoy snuggling up on my couch on Friday nights and watching this feel-good show, but now I'm not feeling good any more. In fact, I'm feeling quite bad. And I've got an entire TiVo's worth of The Shield and Sons of Anarchy, I could be watching if I wanted to feel bad about the world.
So I wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors. I'm sorry I won't be along for the ride.
Angel Cohn, a longtime fan
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