If The City gets cancelled along with The Hills, we hope MTV will launch a new, similarly titled series to replace it. Our suggestions: The Marsh, The Desert, The Village, The Rock and The Airtight Bank Vault.
Aside from Mad Men, the TV on DVD release this week are mostly guilty pleasure-types, or, in some cases, just the guilt part.
You could say I'm a bit masochistic when it comes to television. My problem is that I can't let go. It started when I was a young child, as I struggled through the college years of Sabrina the Teenage Witch because quitting would have made me feel guilty every time I looked at the autographed photo of Melissa Joan Hart on my wall. Then it was Grey's Anatomy, which became my TV equivalent of a boyfriend gone abusive - it hurt every time, but I kept hoping things would get better and go back to normal. Tasteless analogies aside, my worst case of TV masochism came with the introduction of Secret Life of the American Teenager -- only this time, the show sucked from the start.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, The CW honcho Dawn Ostroff recently told reporters that they were considering remaking more classic shows. Well, given how terrible 90210 and the one episode of Melrose Place I've seen are, that seems like a horrible idea. Still, if they're going to go ahead with this, there are plenty of short-lived or underrated shows from the great (and greatly missed) WB network that could make The CW much better than it's been in its short history, and they can do it without ruining our somewhat fond memories of shows like Dawson's, Everwood or Gilmore Girls.