random rant

Another television season is coming to a close.  (Not counting the mid-season premieres that will be starting soon, if they haven’t already.)  And I’ve got a bone to pick with The Powers That Be—a.k.a. the jackasses out there who decide which shows get renewed & which get cancelled. :may8

Damn You, Network Execs!

I am both furious & heartbroken that a few of my favorite shows will not be returning next season…

#1 — Almost Human — Son of a bitch!  This was such a good show.  Another one airing on Fox that’s probably a little ahead of its time.  (In case you didn’t catch it, that’s a reference to Firefly, which was also ahead of its time & not the least bit appreciated until it was too late. :may38 )

Almost Human was just fabulous.  A futuristic crime drama with Karl Urban & Michael Ealy in the leads.  You heard me, right?  Karl.  Urban.  Michael Ealy.  Two gorgeous, talented actors in a great show…& it still didn’t take off.  And if you were one of the viewers out there not watching, I hold you at least partly responsible. :may23

#2 — Dracula — Dammit to hell!  Were you watching this one?  Do you have eyeballs & any sense of taste whatsoever?  Well, apparently somebody out there doesn’t. :May37

Do I even need to mention that Jonathan Rhys Meyers was the lead in this one?  And that he’s one of the sexiest things walking the planet today?  Put him in the role of Dracula & I can barely remain conscious.  It was dark, it was sexy, it was mysterious…it had one of the best season finales I’ve ever seen, & I’m practically in tears that it won’t be coming back. :may38

#3 — Super Fun Night — A little bit weird at times, but really funny!  Rebel Wilson is a hoot, & having her in the lead as an overweight woman trying to make her way in the world was just great.  Did I mention how funny it was?  Some of the lines & situations they came up with nearly had me falling off the Torture Cycle. :may39

#4 — Raising Hope — At least this one lasted 4 seasons…but it deserved to keep going.  Anyone who watched knows how hysterically funny it could be.  And if you liked My Name is Earl (which was also cancelled too soon), then you couldn’t help but love Raising Hope because it was by the same writers/creators & was filled with the same great sense of humor.  I always loved seeing which actors from Earl would show up on Hope or what kind of inside jokes they came up with that crossed from one show to the other.

Enough Already

And yet there are any number of shows that continue to drag on… :may16   I won’t mention the ones I get tired of hearing about, even though I don’t watch them.  (Can you say Grey’s AnatomyThe Bachelor/The Bachelorette…anything with a Kardashian in it…? :may17 )

#1 — The Mentalist — Yeah, yeah, I know Simon Baker is a cutie & the storylines can be interesting.  But Baker’s character, Patrick Jane is kind of a jerk & the show has “jumped the shark” a few too many times for my tastes.  The last season has been really pretty boring, & frankly, they lost me when they decided to turn everything upside down & race ahead two years for no particular reason. :may24

#2 — Bones — Don’t throw rotten fruit at me, but I’m pretty much over Bones.  It just goes on & on, & no one ever seems to “grow” very much.  Brennan is just as arrogant & unlikeable as she was in the beginning, regardless of becoming a mother & her relationship with Booth; she just plain annoys me.  And, yes, I was moved by the season finale & am even intrigued by what will happen next, but if it didn’t come back, I wouldn’t lose sleep over never finding out.

#3 — Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — I was pretty much over this one last season, then Donal Logue came on board & I perked up.  He was good.  He made the show interesting again.  Because really, the show has grown more than a little stale; even Mariska Hargitay’s character is starting to smell the place up. :may6

Now, though, Logue is leaving…yet the show is coming back.  *sigh*  I don’t know how many seasons SVU has been on the air, but it’s probably time to let it go…

And see, maybe if they got rid of some of these shows that have outlived their usefulness, there would be room to bring back the ones they haven’t given a fair shake… :may25

In case you want to check on your own favorite & less-than-favorite shows, here’s a link provided by friend & fellow author Jaime Rush/Tina Wainscott:  List of Renewed and Cancelled Shows for the 2014-2015 Broadcast Season

Then you can come back here & throw your own hissy fit to match my own. :may12

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  1. Minna says:

    I haven’t even heard of some of those shows, but I have to agree with you about Bones. I used to love it, but I haven’t watched it for a long time, because of those very reasons you mentioned. Brennan and Booth just annoy me and they are not the only characters in that show who started to annoy me. And I can say the same about White Collar (I think that was cancelled few months back). Why some of those writers think it’s a good idea if the characters stay exactly the same from beginning till the end is beyond me. :may12 Anyway, I rather watch my Numb3rs DVDs instead of Bones. I was sad when that show was cancelled, but at least they knew how to go with style. :may14

    • Heidi says:

      I like the crime solving on Bones, so I still DVR it, then usually watch/listen while I’m cooking or something. I get the gist, but don’t have to focus too closely on the characters who annoy me. :May37

      White Collar was cancelled? I didn’t know that! But I was starting to feel the same about it. It was never one of my faves, anyway, but I watched…then started to watch sort of halfheartedly.

      Oh, Numb3rs—love, love, love Numb3rs. Yep, I’ve got the entire series on DVD. That one was cancelled too soon, too, imo. :may23

  2. Mary Kirkland says:

    I knew about Almost Human being canceled but I didn’t know about Dracula being canceled. Omg nooo.

    I loved law and Order SVU back when Stabler was on it but I agree, it’s time for this show to go. I don’t like the newbies on it at all.

    Warehouse 13 was also canceled as well as Believe. Just sucks.

    • Heidi says:

      I never watched Warehouse 13 or Believe. Those SyFy shows don’t have much luck sticking around, do they?

      I’m heartbroken over Dracula. It was so freaking good! And that season finale… :may31 How could they give up on it so soon? :may12

  3. Pamela Cayne says:

    Total agreements on ones that should be gone–yeesh! The new show I’m most sad about being cancelled is The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Great mix of funny and sweet. *heaves big sigh*

    And now I hear that on tomorrow night’s premier of So You Think You Can Dance, they’re having Justin Beiber on somehow. I just cannot deal with that little ferret. :may8

    • Heidi says:

      :may32 I’m with you on Justin B. Yikes!

      I did not watch The Crazy Ones, but I’d heard good things about it, so I was planning to go back & catch up before the second season. So, yeah, I’m actually bummed about that, too.

      Robin Williams… Jonathan Rhys Meyers… Karl Urban… How can anyone in their right mind even *consider* cancelling them? :may23

  4. Barbara Pomales says:

    :may30 watt the canceled fun night lets start a petion I think nexflix needs comedys or USA :may33

    • Heidi says:

      Wasn’t Super Fun Night great?! I just loved it. And again…Rebel Wilson leading the charge…how could they cancel that? :May37

  5. Kathleen O says:

    Only two of the shows I liked were cancelled The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams. I think TV need Robin Williams, although I am not a big Sarah Michelle Gellar fan, and Surviving Jack.. All the other ones I like were renewed…so I am a happy girl.. :may14

    • Heidi says:

      You’re lucky. I am having a very depressing television season. And nothing new I’m seeing previews for looks very interesting. I just want Almost Human & Dracula back. :may38

  6. LeeAnn Pratt says:

    The hubster and I LOVED Almost Human and wouldn’t watch the Kardashians..did I even spell it right? who cares, under penalty of torture! I stopped watching Bones, The Mentalist and L&O SVU years ago.
    So I am with you on this Heidi.

    To the Fox Network on cancelling Almost Human…… :may24
    Kardashians :may6
    Thankfully all the other shows I love have been renewed…. :may7

    • Heidi says:

      Oh, do not get me started on how many crappy, star-less reality shows keep getting renewed or spun-off when truly decent television is cancelled. It infuriates me! :may12

      The Kardashians make me sick to my stomach. :may33

  7. Hollie says:

    I LOVED Raising Hope!!! At least they gave this one a sign off show. I will also miss Super Fun Night!! Both of those were fun and quirky! I won’t tell you my favorite ones now..because I’m thinking YOU might be the jinx..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Just kidding…please don’t hurt me. :May37

    • Heidi says:

      Wasn’t Raising Hope a hoot? I absolutely loved it! :may22 You’re right, tho—at least they knew & ended it on a high note. But I still think it had some life left to it & I’m going to miss new episodes. :may21

      Oh…you’re so cruel. :may25 I mean, you’re probably right—any show I fall in love with usually ends up getting the axe. (Should we even bring up The One. You know The One I’m talking about, right? Starts with an F, ends with “fly.” :may38 )

  8. Lori Brighton says:

    I have to agree with the two you said should be canceled. If I’m completely honest I barely pay attention when I watch them. I pretty much just watch The Mentalist because he’s hot and Bones out of loyalty.

    But I have to say, as to the others, they just didn’t have the ratings. Dracula…I so wanted to love and I did like it. But something was just off about it. I don’t think it had the right age group. Like, where did it fit? Maybe his unsexy American Accent was the issue. I swear, if they would have kept his Irish accent it would have done better.

    Raising Hope…I feel as if it did get a chance and just didn’t have the ratings.

    Almost Human, never watched, but I knew just seeing the trailer it wouldn’t work. Maybe as you said, it was ahead of its time, it was too sci-fi. And to be completely brutal, it didn’t have that “Hot” guy to pull females in.

    Super Fun Night was funny, but probably too quirky for most people. There were times when instead of laughing, I was cringing and that’s never good.

    Of course these are just my opinions, but honestly, I can see why most of these were canceled. What I don’t get is why Beauty and the Beast is still on CW. They’ve given it a chance, more so than many shows, and its just not working.

    • Heidi says:

      Hey, just because a show doesn’t have the ratings doesn’t mean it should be cancelled. Good is good, & sometimes it takes time for an audience to build. A perfect example: Firefly!

      You’re crazy if you didn’t think Almost Human had hot leads to pull in female viewers. Gads, it almost doesn’t even get better than Karl Urban & Michael Ealy. :may18 And it was *so* creative with a great comic relief element between the leads.

      I’ll give you quirky on Super Fun Night, but that’s what I loved about it. I never cringed, I always laughed…but then, I’m more than a little quirky myself, so I could totally relate. :may35

      And Dracula was so good…it just didn’t get good enough fast enough. As much as I loved it, it took a few episodes for me to really get hooked & start caring. But, man, it deserved to be renewed. :may38

  9. Larena Hubble says:

    I really enjoyed Dracula and another one that they cancelled that I liked was Star Crossed and The Tomorrow People.

    • Heidi says:

      I don’t remember hearing about Star Crossed, but I thought The Tomorrow People looked kind of interesting. I didn’t catch it from the beginning, but was thinking about trying it later. Hmph, guess not. :May37

      • Serpil says:

        #3 socks were invented for a reosan#11 the shirt and jacket are too small they don’t look good pulled like that I do like narrow ties and am glad they’ve come back. Blazers with elbow patches are a great look. #4 is a great, classic look.

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