Wednesday, November 5, 2008

5 TV Shows That Need Fixing

From EW.com

"Heroes" isn't the only returning series having big problems with ratings and storytelling this season. Here are five other shows that have fallen on hard times — and how we'd get them back on track.


LIPSTICK JUNGLE (NBC)
Down 11.1% in viewers vs. last season

What's wrong
Attempts at saucy story lines (Nico's G-spot Botox) come off as stunts that keep the star trio separate and do nothing to move their combined story forward.

How we'd fix it
Stop juggling screen time for all the ladies and anoint one of them — we'd suggest bright-eyed Victory (Lindsay Price) — as the star, while simultaneously lavishing Nico (Kim Raver) and Wendy (Brooke Shields) with memorable plotlines and character quirks. Also, serve up more of what the show's title suggests: Big Apple glamour and sudsy trysts. —Tanner Stransky



PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
Down 21.6%

What's wrong
This collection of pretty and love-crossed doctors never clicked quite the way they do on that other soapy medical drama from the House of Rhimes. And the story lines can feel less than fresh. Newlyweds find out they're brother and sister? That's so third-season House.

How we'd fix it
Bringing down Addison's (Kate Walsh) kooky quotient a bit has definitely helped. Practice seems most comfortable tackling ethical dilemmas, so the writers should steer the series in that direction and introduce a little staff turnover. May we suggest a Bailey-like voice of reason? —Meeta Agrawal



DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC)
Down 13.1%

What's wrong
DSM used to be a witty, delicious delight. This season, it's flailing with unbelievable plot twists (Peter Krause's Nick is now representing his father's alleged killer and running the Darling business?) and weak stabs at humor (a Kenny G cameo?).

How we'd fix it
Dump the romances that don't work (basically anything involving Seth Gabel's Jeremy). The good news is, they've brought back the one that does: Patrick (William Baldwin) and his transgender mistress, Carmelita (Candis Cayne). Plus, Nick is one of us, so he needs to hate the Darlings just a little bit, like we all do. —Tim Stack



CHUCK (NBC)
Down 20.8%

What's wrong
Creatively? Not much. This season's episodes — especially the Oct. 20 Grosse Pointe Blank homage — have balanced nerd humor with cracklin' action, while the mission-threatening puppy love between Chuck (Zachary Levi) and his CIA handler, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), continues to blossom adorably.

How we'd fix it
It's time to rebrand. NBC shoved Levi down our throats before last fall's premiere, but Strahovski's knife flinging, Adam Baldwin's poker face, and the Buy More staff's antics are worth their weight in Intel chips. Sell the ensemble, not just the geek.—Whitney Pastorek



TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (FOX)
Down 40.7%

What's wrong
Simply too many Terminators (including Shirley Manson as a diabolical, shape-shifting T-1001) and side stories. In addition to the core group of John Connor (Thomas Dekker), his mother Sarah (Lena Headey), and their protector-bot Cameron (Summer Glau), we've got to keep tabs on Uncle Derek (Brian Austin Green), former agent Ellison (Richard T. Jones), and Mom's EMT ex (Dean Winters).

How we'd fix it
Drop the dead weight (we're looking at you, ambulance boy!) and stick to the Terminator mission statement of a big metal guy trying to find and kill John Connor. —Abby West

Source: EW.com

13 comments:

  1. I must not watch enough TV. I haven't seen a single one of these shows.

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  2. I've only seen Chuck, and only 1.5 episodes or so. I was unmoved.

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  3. Cary - Really? I haven't seen any of them but was kinda eyeing Chuck. Not worth it, huh?

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  4. I'm a fan of 'Lipstick Jungle'. It's improved hugely over last season. The botox story was silly but the rest of the scripts have been pretty good. Heck, it's not Masterpiece Theatre! EW can be a bit holier than thou sometimes.

    Chuck - I watched much of season 1 but it's a bit one-note.

    Dirty Sexy Money - Horrid. I hoped it had been cancelled.

    Private Practice - lame.

    I watch too much TV - fact

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  5. Heroes needs more than fixing, it needs rebooting - and without time travel this time, please.

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  6. i also live in a cave. i have not seen any of these.

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  7. Terminator could be quite good if it weren't for the snot-nosed bratty whiny emo kid, who doesn't appreciate the fact that his mom and others have sacrificed their lives to keep his dumb ass alive. I can't stand that kid! Summer Glau, who plays his protector terminator is beautiful, and Garrett Dillahunt, who plays the killer terminator is a hunk of eye candy.
    Tried Chuck for one show last season, hated it, and haven't looked back. The others, haven't tried 'em, don't want to.

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  8. Supreme - I liked Dillahunt in HBO's "John From Cincinnati" until they unceremoniously dumped it before it even had a chance to find its legs. Ditto No Country For Old Men, even though his part was small.

    I can't really speak to his hunkiness. We hunks are a bit blind to each other.

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  9. I can't stand Lipstick Jungle, I just want them to go away.

    BTW Cary, I adore you for turning me on to Mad Men! It is the best show in a long time!

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  10. I did? I"ve never seen it before. Did I post something about it once?

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  11. A show that did not need fixing was Jericho. Yes, I am still bitter.

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  12. I'm proud to say that I've never seen a'one and haven't ever heard of two of them.

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