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  1. There was a great article about this recently : https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alisonwillmore/i-wish-more-tv-shows-ran-for-just-one-season So many examples of this too. Most recently I enjoyed the Julia Roberts show "Homecoming." It was really interesting, but it told a complete story. Everything was wrapped up. I can't imagine what they will do in season two, and we don't need a season two. "Handmaid's Tale" has to be the biggest current example though. They literally can't change anything because then there would be no show. I thought season two was awful. And, controversial opinion, I prefer the movie to season 1, but season 1 was at least decent.
  2. There is something to be said for telling an open and shut story each week. I didn’t realize it until The X-Files came back and the serialized episodes were a disaster and the stand-alones were pretty good, but I vastly prefer the Monster of the Week episodes of the classic X-Files too. Serialization is all the rage now, and I miss shows that did a really good job telling a complete story each week.
  3. Such a shame. I would take Luke’s bod and hairyness over the shaved Abercrombie model 10 out of 10 times.
  4. Law and Order definitely managed replacing its leads while maintaining quality better than other procedurals. ER was good at it for a while for a while, and then eventually resorted to stunt casting.
  5. South Park. Unlike The Simpsons, which went from the best show of all time to completely forgettable, this show has retained its pop culture niche as the show that will insult anyone and everyone, but do so with characters you love and love to hate. Still the most biting satire we have 20+ years in. The new episodes are just as good, if not 20 years wiser, as the old ones. We only get 10 a year now but I really cherish those 10 a year, and this most recent season was a creative renaissance for the show. How do you feel about "Is this because I'm a lesbian?" Nope on this. Nothing can match the magic of that first season. Season two has its moments as well. Almost nothing else after that. They made it up as they went, and that's fine, but if you're going to do that, admit you're doing that and don't act like you have some big plan. If I ever re-watch, I check out when Ana-Lucia and Libby die. For me, Roseanne (talking original series only, not revival.) Most series peak early. For me, Roseanne peaks in seasons 4-6. The last 3 seasons are undeniably flawed. But I can still watch them. And I can even make an argument that season 9, often considered one of the most ridiculous seasons of any show ever, is fantastic TV. It may just be me deluding myself to defend a show I love, or I may have a point, or both. I won't defend that awful Rambo episode, but almost any other episode I can watch, even if it's flawed, for the cast alone. Not gonna lie, I can watch that Rambo one too. It is god awful, I admit it, but if it's on, I would watch it.
  6. I just watched the video, and yeah, I have never seen this storyline but the video is like.... this is crazy, but in a way it’s crazy enough that it kind of works? Ridiculous and over the top, but, like the famous Sonni/Solita story, so ridiculous and over the top that it circles back to good.
  7. I’m thinking that if they thought they could make money off it it, it would be available already. Must be with residuals and/or music rights, there’s little to no upside. It it is something I would be willing to pay a monthly fee for though. Wow. I hope they win their lawsuit. I would pay a monthly fee for access to the DAYS vault.... I think they could even try setting a premium price on it at first if they think there is little interest.
  8. See I was going to say Y&R, and yes, it did remain a cut above the rest until LML IMO, but: Ashley stealing the sperm and Jill becoming Katherine’s daughter
  9. I would like the answer to this, honestly. GH in the mid-90s perhaps?
  10. Yes when I view the board on iPhone this always happens to me.
  11. +Lesli Kay (Molly) And Keith Coulouris (David #2) - now divorced
  12. The Dems are already so contemptuous of Bernie's candidacy. Even moreso than Republicans were of Trump's in 2016. They clearly do not want to have Bernie be their candidate. Unfortunately for them, Bernie has a strong following and has raised $10 million already. Bernie's fans were treated badly by the Dems in 2016. I think if the same happens or is perceived to happen in 2020, it will hurt the Dem candidate.
  13. Oh I so disagree with this. I think it kept its quality to the end. A matter of opinion I guess. Her character certainly evolved and changed over time, and I see what you’re saying, but to me, JLD sold it. Maybe not for other folks but YMMV. But 90s NYC certainly could harden folks like our Baltimore native Laney. I bought it.... maybe because JLD is such a good actress. I still think Elaine is the best sitcom role for a woman ever outside of maybe Lucille Ball on I Love Lucy.
  14. The thing is though, the show is still highly profitable and will likely be for decades. The people making money on the back-end (including, strangely enough, Steve Bannon) had more of an incentive to end it while it was still getting rave reviews, so they could make more money off of it in syndication. 9 really great seasons are an easier sell than 10 good seasons and 20 bad ones (case in point, if I see a Seinfeld rerun on TV and nothing else is on, I’ll watch it. If it’s a newer simpsons, I’ll keep hunting.) Jerry’s decision to stop it may indeed have been driven by money and not art. I hope this post made sense.... I know what my argument is but had difficulty putting it into words. TL;DR: By 1997, back-end revenue was more attractive to Jerry than his salary.
  15. The Simpsons needs to be mentioned. Season 2-9 is one of the greatest and most influential shows in history. The first few episodes of season 10 are good, and then there is a huge, noticeable decline in quality. There are flashes of brilliance in the next 3-4 seasons after that, but it would never reach the brilliance of seasons 2-9 again (with the only exception being season 12’s terrific, clever “Trilogy of Error,” which was classic Simpsons.) And now they’re on season 30 and it’s been a zombie longer than it was ever good. Really makes a case for Jerry Seinfeld going out on top.
  16. Can we not claim that we know what is going on in the U.K. when Labour does seem to have anti-semites among their ranks, and the US Democrats now seem to have the same?
  17. B&B was always fully dependent on LaFlannery and I thought they knew if. Turns out they didn’t. Bradley Bell was just the figurative monkey on the typewriter in the same way his contemporary ken Corday was. Which soap trust fund baby revealed himself sooner?
  18. Susan Flannery legitimized the trash that B&B always was. In the best of times, B&B was addictive trash and a guilty pleasure, but Susan gave it a hint of legitimacy. In the worst of times, B&B was mindless Hollywood stars without a third grade education, and Susan Flannery was Alex Trebek’s mustache, sneering and towering above them. I do think B&B with Susan Flannery was sometimes a great guilty pleasure, sometimes awful, but always watchable. Without her, it’s just another soap, and coincidentally, a bad one. IDK if there’s ever been another soap so dependent on one actress.
  19. At least you take a strong stand against hate, though!
  20. The younger generations don’t watch TV at all though. It’s all about YouTube/streaming. Even if they were on TV, young people would not see them.
  21. While he did the wrong thing for sure, I don’t think this is quite the case. people have short attention spans these days. People will forget about this in roughly 15 minutes and be outraged at something else.
  22. ITA with all of these. SMG hated doing it after season 3, and it shows. And ugh, please don't get me started with Fred. Abby had all these incredibly sexy, handsome men throwing themselves at her and it just never made sense. I think Luka even told her once she wasn't pretty enough to be that nasty, and he was right.
  23. I was not sick of romcoms with Meg Ryan. Funny, I just watched When Harry Met Sally for the umpteenth time last night. And I was wondering why they didn’t release one Nora Ephron/Meg Ryan movie per year in the 90s. They should have.
  24. I believe it was mentioned when Kim onasch was Jennifer that she knew Hal was not her bio dad but I don’t think we ever saw her being told that on camera.
  25. I didn’t really remember the LB era all that well, so now I’m reading SOC recaps from that era... and what a plot-driven mess. I can’t even really make sense out of the recaps without watching some clips for context, and yet I strangely have no desire to do that. Way too many new characters, and way too many characters doing things just because. And David switching a black baby with a white one and nobody noticing still has to be one of the dumbest storylines of all time.
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