It’s a New Year, and here are some of the things I would love to see happen in 2012, television-wise.
Networks no longer hiring the children of politicians/journalists. When I see Jenna Bush Hager on the Today show, I cringe. I tremble. I regret turning on the television. She is just not a good fit, from the way she stumbles over reading her script to her inability to banter. I’m not saying this because of who her father is, either; both she and her sister Barbara seem like kind people who genuinely try to make a difference. But being nice isn’t a reason to have a high-profile spot on a morning news show. I think Chelsea Clinton is awesome too, and while it is admirable that she is donating the money she makes for reporting for NBC to charity, I can think of so many terrific journalists I met in grad school that would be a better fit. Those are all the positives; don’t get me started on Meghan McCain or Luke Russert.
A few shows being put out of their misery. I remember a time when I enjoyed The Office. There are still elements I find amusing, like Kelly Kapoor, but even before Michael Scott (aka Steve Carell) left last season, the show was lacking the same zany plots and antics that were once so hilarious. Now, it is limping along with boring story lines, so boring in fact that I literally cannot think of one, except Andy taking some of the crew to Gettysburg and acting a fool. Did it all go downhill when Jim and Pam finally got together? When Holly Flax came to the office? I don’t know, but let’s end this show before it becomes too cruel to keep it going.
Other shows getting back on track. I’ve never been a Gleek, but I did like the first season of Glee. It has strayed so far from that place (which, at times, was bumpy, even then) that I can barely recognize this show. It could be that there are too many characters, or creator Ryan Murphy just has a way of screwing up shows that last more than one season, but it really needs to be stripped away with just the core remaining. Oh, and Naya Rivera needs a solo every episode.
New series being based in unexpected places. It seems like every. single. show. on. television. is based in New York City or Los Angeles. Enough! Let’s see what’s going on in other regions. Or, let’s go crazy and have some set in different countries. So many shows are filmed in Vancouver… Why don’t we have a show take place there, too?
Community staying alive. I feel like I should add a disclaimer that I don’t even really watch this show, which is odd because the few episodes I’ve seen I found pretty funny. But I know people who love this show, and because they are generally awesome and I trust them, I’ll throw this on the list.
Those are just a few of my wishes. What do you want to see happen in TV this year?