The New Golden Age Is Over

Posted by Maggie May 19th, 2010 at 11:31am In General

I am too lazy to back this up with evidence, and perhaps with Lost ending and the “summer season” rearing its head I am in a bad mood, but it seems to me like everything good and exciting is ending, and it’s all being replaced by garbage. (Remember when I used to get excited about the upfronts? Weird.) Here are the current upfronts. Ugh.

Is this it? Is it over? The comedies seem to be the only returning bright spots, but even they’re looking a little long-in-the-tooth (The Office, 30 Rock, HIMYM) or they’re being shoved to midseason (Parks & Rec). I’m watching Treme but it’s no The Wire. I’m watching Caprica but it’s no BSG.

Yes, Justified is great. Community is great. But I’m still a big frowny face.


  • 1. sara  |  May 19th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Last night’s Glee was the best episode they’ve ever done. I realize that is no consolation to you. But it was AMAZING.

    Do you like any of the kind of interchangeable USA shows? I’m looking forward to Royal Pains coming back. It’s quite cute.

  • 2. jesse  |  May 19th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    That’s kind of fine with me; if I read any more false-dichotomy articles about why TV is so much better than movies, well, I don’t know, I’ll probably continue to do nothing, but it’s a dumb comparison. NY Magazine hasn’t gotten the message, though; their cover package this week is basically “OMG TV!!”

    It does make me sad that NBC is messing with the first solidly great two-hour network comedy block in DECADES in the off hope that Outsourced will somehow become the next Office, proving that there’s no amount of high quality that networks can’t develop themselves out of. The (admittedly short) clip of which I saw of Outsourced was really terrible.

    I really liked the clip of the Will Arnett show coming to Fox, though, because it was very strange.


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