Originally Posted by NetworkTV
Here's the thing:
If the show isn't good, I'd rather something else that is good take its place, even if it's another procedural. Just because it's serialized, doesn't mean it's any better than "Law and Order: Hair Net Inspection Squad" or "CSI: Albuquerque".
I agree with that on principle, but the fact is that many
really impressive and challenging serialized shows over the past decade have died a premature death because not enough people have enough patience to stick with them, and that number seems to dwindle every year. Every once in awhile somebody here makes a list, and it gets longer all the time.
And as you say, serialized dramas have a hard time picking up new viewers to replace those that drop out. And if they have sci-fi aspects in them, forget it, they're toast from the get-go. Only LOST bucked that trend for awhile because they did a good job of downplaying its sci-fi elements for the first few years. But that happens to be the genre I enjoy the most. There are plenty
of rote procedurals for those that like that sort of thing, and most of them have some sort of continuing plotline that takes a backseat to the weekly contained story. I even watch one - 'Burn Notice', my "guilty pleasure". But any more and I feel like I'm wasting valuable time that could be better served doing something more productive.
I just wish there was more room on TV for the kind of programing that requires more thought, investment, and patience. Yes, we get a few from the cablenets, but broadcast TV is becoming more of a vast wasteland of by-the-book mediocrity every year. And if 'The Event' tanks, as many here expect it to, we won't see another like it for a very long time. And it won't matter how good it is. It never does.