And another one bites the dust -- another deserving one, that is.
You know it's a slow news day when a Grammy nominee is making TV headlines for a CW show.
With fall TV in full swing, there are already shows getting cancelled, others getting full-season pickups and still more returning shows that could use a little help. While some programs have problems that could take an entire year to repair (see: House), these other series just need some quick fixes that would make them exponentially more entertaining almost immediately.
DC Comics recently announced that they were going to restart their legendary titles with new issue No. 1's, in addition to giving legendary characters a more contemporary look and streamlined histories in order to appeal to potential readers who've been intimidated by decades of convoluted continuity. The news has caused a justifiably huge stir in the comic book blogosphere (as has the parallel announcement of day-and-date digital downloads), but for us, the most interesting question was: could this work for television shows? Here are the current (or recently concluded) series that we think are most in need of a DC-style reboot:
It's nearly Valentine's Day and while we could delight in recalling the romantic TV couples that made us swoon in the past, or list the cute almost-couples we want to have hook up now, we've opted instead to focus on current pairings who just have no business at all being together. Perhaps we've just got cold black hearts, but we'd love to see these folks split up for everyone's sake, especially viewers like us.
30 Rock is far from the first modern series to pull off a live episode, but we do hope that it restarts the trend. And while it might be hard for some shows to handle this format, we can think of a bunch from the current season that we'd like to see try. At the very least, most of them would have a good shot at being funnier than Saturday Night Live has been in recent years. Here's our wish list:
If you watched the Combat Hospital premiere (or even just saw the promo), you may have had a strange feeling that you were watching the cancelled Shonda Rhimes vehicle Off the Map, except in a war zone. That's because you were! But actually, Combat Hospital isn't a Shonda show at all. But it's got all of the elements, and not just of Off the Map -- we noticed striking similarities to Grey's and Private Practice.
Wow, NBC... way to be generous.
Big doings in TV land! Not the network, but the greater world in which TV is an all-encompassing concern. Show-castings, guest-starrings, show-namings, show-leavings and plot-spoilings! (Easily avoidable ones.)