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TWoP 10: Resolutions For TV Shows (The 2010 Edition)

by Angel Cohn December 31, 2010 6:00 am
TWoP 10: Resolutions For TV Shows (The 2010 Edition)

It's become somewhat of an annual tradition here at TWoP to suggest New Year's resolutions that we wished TV shows would keep. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't, but that's about par for the course with resolutions in general, right?

10. Mad Men - Have Don Break His Engagement
Having Don hook up with his secretary was one thing, but having him marry her? That's a ridiculous cliché and we just expect better from this classy drama. Let Don break it off and learn to be alone, or have him get back together with Faye.

9. The Event - Try and Make Sense
It's not asking a lot, we don't think, for a sci-fi show to make a modicum of sense. We're not necessarily dying to know what "the event' is, but it would be nice to understand what's going on at least half the time. This show's gone from ridiculously awesome to just plain ridiculous. Find a way to fill those gaping plot holes.

8. Cougar Town - Find a New Name
The show's title sequence likes to poke fun at its horrible name, but enough already. We appreciate the self-deprecating humor, but we'd be much happier if the show found a new title so we could stop being ashamed that we like this show so much.

7. American Idol - No More Overruns
The show has undergone a lot of changes this year, but we're hoping one of their top priorities is finding a way to wrap up each airing on time. It's not like we're going to care about what J.Lo or Steven Tyler have to say as much as we did Simon, so there's absolutely no reason for any overruns this season.

6. Lights Out - Find Viewers
FX's latest drama is great. Seriously great. But then again, so was Terriers and no one watched it. This show needs to not only produce a compelling drama each week, but to also win over enough of an audience to earn a second season.

5. V - Don't Be Boring
How can a show about aliens put us into a near-comatose state? The producers have lizard people to play with and the best they can do is change the color of the sky and throw dinner parties? That's not exactly scary. Find a way to keep us interested -- and awake -- during Season 2, please.

4. Community - Don't Change a Thing
Community is our favorite comedy these days and we want it to stay that way. We hope that it just continues to bring the funny, doesn't succumb to gimmicks or get suckered into doing hour-long episodes. Just stay weird and wonderful.

3. Walking Dead - Find Better Plots
We love the concept and the look of this AMC series, but we have higher expectations. Like more tightly written scripts and more engaging plots that don't involve people sitting in a boat talking about nothing for 20 minutes. Round out the characters, make them more interesting and give them better things to do and we'll be thrilled to watch Season 2. And when in doubt, add more zombie attacks.

2. The Biggest Loser - Lose Some Weight
Since everyone else is kicking off their diets after New Year's, we'd like it if this show did the same. Instead of being a bloated two hours in length each episode, we'd like it to shed the fat and go back to a slim and trim 60 minutes. Our DVRs would sincerely appreciate it.

1. The Office - No Michael, No Show
When Steve Carell leaves The Office at the end of the season, we'd like the show to sign off, too. It's not as funny as it used to be (the amazing recent Christmas episode notwithstanding), and without its star, we worry that it will only get worse. And besides, that invisible documentary crew must be exhausted by now.

What are your New Year's resolutions for TV? Let us know below.

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