This is my ongoing participation in Patrick’s Place Saturday Six meme.
This weeks’ meme is about TV. Patrick works for our local CBS station. I will have to apologize for my responses being a little ABC focused.
1. What was the last show whose cancellation really surprised you?
ABC’s The Forgotten. It was a show about a group of amateurs who attempt to reconstruct the pieces of these John and Jane Does' lives from what little evidence is left behind. Each episode is narrated by a "body" who watches the team as they pursue the tantalizingly difficult challenge of figuring out who this victim once was.The show starred Christian Slater.
What we found so surprising about the cancellation is that we believed the show was doing well, and the story was building up in a very good way, however they had recently added a new actress, Elisha Cuthbert. We didn’t like from her time on 24.
2. Many believe that the soap opera genre is quickly dying. Which genre do you wish would drop dead tomorrow?
The paranormal tween romance. It’s been over done. Although, I admit to not being in that show’s core demographic.
3. What show do you watch most often or with the most enthusiasm each week?
ABC’s Castle. It is murder/mystery show about a writer named Richard Castle, played by Nathan Fillon of Firefly fame. He shadows a gorgeous NYPD detective named Kate Beckett, played by Stana Katic. Beckett is smart, sexy, and completely dedicated to her job. The writing on the show is superb from the actual mysteries to the interaction of the characters.
4. Which program that you watch regularly, if cancelled, would be the biggest blow to your weekly entertainment choices?
Same answer, ABC’s Castle. The show has become appointment viewing in our house.
Although, a close runner-up would be NFL Network’s Playbook. The casual fan doesn’t enjoy the national commentators getting in depth on the strategic Xs and Os during a broadcast. Playbook is a show dedicated to the more hardcore football fans who really enjoy breaking down plays, and seeing how the game was won on the chalkboard.
5. Which show do you wish would go away, never to be seen (or remade) again?
V. This series was recently remade by ABC in 2009, but I wasn’t a fan of the original in 2004 either. The show is simply too graphic. In Sci-Fi and Horror, the line between good and B-quality if a thin one. V has never walked it well. It tries to be a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but fails to deliver on the suspense premise. I think that it is better, especially in a TV format, to hint at some of the more gruesome aspects.
6. Which television personality would you most like to see banished to the world of cancellation?
I don’t watch a great deal of TV. If you are talking about a character, Dexter, the titular character of Showtime/CBS’s Dexter. The show’s premise, while certainly original, has zero appeal for me. As far as an actor or host, I really don’t have anyone I particular dislike.