So Whorli and I want a TON of TV… yet neither of us watch shows when they air. Instead, we download them and watch them either late at night or the next day. We watch some of the same shows, but we also each watch many shows that the other does not.
What’s bothering me is how crappy most of the episodes have been this season for shows that are established. My take on why it’s happening is that these shows have all been around for 4+ seasons, and they’re starting to run out of new and creative material. So they start adding tons of extra filler to drag plot lines out or have mediocre concepts or the directions just aren’t making much sense.
I understand this. If I had to come up with 50 or 100 ideas for 1 TV show that were all above average at a minimum (and amazing at best)… I wouldn’t be able to do it. But that’s why I’m not a writer for a TV show. It’s why I’m not being paid millions of dollars to come up with brilliant material to fill season after season. Of course, you could retort that that isn’t what the networks care about… they just want the episodes to be good enough to keep people watching, keeping ratings high enough to not cancel, and keep ad dollars coming in. Thankfully, it seems that the general TV audience (excluding those who watch reality TV… there’s no hope for those people) is smart enough to recognize the sub-par content they’re being given… ratings on most of the shows in question have dropped this season from last, and from episode to episode. You can view data from Nielsen.
Some of the shows I’m talking about are Heroes, House, all 3 CSIs, 24 (last season), and Weeds… just to name some. On the flip side, shows like HIMYM and South Park continue to be above average at least.
I’m not sure what a solution to this problem is, but maybe some of these shows should take a look at what LOST did, and set a date in the future to end the series. That will give the writers a specific time table to work with and they’ll know exactly how long they need to stretch plots out (or not, ala the ending to Alias) without boring the audience to tears and leave them wondering what the point of that episode was except character A moving from point B to C.