Last year was hard on a couple groups of television fans and
– if Internet chatter is to be believed – those fans just aren’t going to take
I should probably point out that I don’t believe 50 percent
of those individuals that go on websites
and say they’ll quit watching a show if (insert whatever horror you want here)
happens. Guess what? If that were really true no show would make it past one
I have broken up with television shows before – I’m just not
sure how many of those breakups were actually outrage driven.
I broke up with ‘Smallville’ after the third season – mostly
because I couldn’t stand to watch the Lana Lang character anymore. The thing
is, when she left the show, I didn’t come back. I tuned in a couple of times
throughout the years just to see where the show was – but it was never good enough
to woo me back.
This past year I broke up with the BBC’s ‘Being Human’ – but
that wasn’t because the show did anything to tick me off. In fact, the season
finale was brilliant. I just was ready to let the show go.
When I think hard, I can’t remember a show that I broke up
with out of outrage. I’m sure there has to be one, but for the life of me I can’t
think of one right now.
I mean, I walked away from ‘The X-Files’ after season seven.
It wasn’t because I was mad, though, I was just bored with the show and I didn’t
care to watch anymore.
I think the closest one would be NBC’s ‘Heroes.’ I walked away after the third season, when
the show had completely burned its mythology and people were still making
excuses for it. I guess that counts.
This year, though, three shows are getting the brunt of fan
The first – and most visible – is ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’
Fans of that show are up-in-arms about the death of Lexie
Grey (Chyler Leigh) in the finale. It actually surprises me. I didn’t realize
Lexie was that popular of a character. In fact, I remember when she joined the
show and fans hated her.
Anyway, if you look at the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ message boards
people are swearing they’re going to quit the show because Lexie and Mark didn’t
get their happy ending. I’ll be curious to see the ratings when the show
For my part, I lost interest in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ when I lost
Izzie and George. It wasn’t outrage, though, I just wasn’t interested in all
I do tune in from time to time – including the season finale
– and I have to say the show lost its spark a long time before Lexie was killed
off. That being said, I’ll tune into the season premiere because I’m interested
in how the doctors will be rescued. I certainly won’t watch every episode this
The second show fans are complaining about is ‘Criminal
The CBS procedural has had a lot of ups and downs since its
inception. Lola Glaudini was out early in the second season. Mandy Patinkin was
out after the second season. Then A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster were ousted in
the same season – only to have both actresses brought back thanks to fan
Now Brewster is out again (her choice) and fans just can’t believe it.
I can’t muster up the energy to care. I never cared for
Brewster’s Emily Prentiss. She was always my least favorite member of the team,
As it stands, I think that Morgan, Reid and Garcia are
everyone’s favorite characters anyway. This faux outrage about Brewster
befuddles me. I was actually excited to see that Jeanne Tripplehorn would be
joining the cast.
That’s just me, though.
Finally, there’s ‘Gossip Girl.’
There is a small – but very, very vocal – minority of fans
that are just frothing at the mouth because Dan and Blair broke up on ‘Gossip
This one makes me laugh more than anything else.
Anyone that actually thought Dan and Blair had a chance to
end up together obviously haven’t watched the show.
Since this is the final season of ‘Gossip Girl,’ the writers
obviously don’t care what fans have to say. It’s not going to have any impact
on the outcome of the story as it is.
I think, if fans are really honest with themselves, they
would admit there was never a chance that Blair and Chuck wouldn’t end up
together. Also, I think the same can be sad for Dan and Serena – although I can’t
muster the energy to care about them either.
This is another show where I’ll be curious to see the
ratings – because I honestly don’t think they’re going to fall that far.
What do you think? Are you breaking up with any shows this