I have come to the conclusion that television – at least prime time television – reached its peak ten years ago and is now in its dying throes as it attempts to appeal to the lowest common denominator by either baffling us with “smart” bullshit fiction (Lost or Heroes) that gets worse with time, or retarded reality shows that aren’t really “reality” since they are basically scripted (Survivor or American Idol).
Let me give you an example – the show called Defying Gravity. Produced by a superb Canadian/BBC2 crew, written by a great thinker, performed by a great cast, with so much attention to detail that it makes a great show. Possibly the best sci-fi drama I’ve seen in like forever. My wife loved it, for Christ’s sake. I saw all the episodes not aired in the US due to Fox’sABC’s bullshit maneuvers (they are going with V again in May – possibly the worst remake of a mediocre 80’s show I’ve ever watched) in the DVD set. They did not do this show justice – both in the way they advertised it and the way they slotted it. It is the next Firefly casualty on major TV in my lifetime.
And this is why prime television is on a crash course to extinction. Good shows are canceled, but crap shows like Desperate Housewives are still going. And don’t get me started on Lost – that PoS should have ended two seasons ago. If you have to watch one really good sci-fi show, watch Defying Gravity. And then join the several billion Facebook/MySpace/whatever sites to save it. I’m sure CTV and BBC2 could pull it off. And then I could find out if they complete their mission.