I’ll admit I don’t watch a lot of live TV—which means I’m usually hopelessly out of the loop about current events when I’m under deadline. The “must see” shows for me are recorded so I can skip over the commercials and watch them at my leisure (or until the DVR warns me that my capacity is at 93% full). I consider DVRing an exercise in time management. Which really made me wonder why I’ve stuck with some shows that have pretty much jumped the shark in recent seasons.
But because I’ve been watching them forever, I felt a certain loyalty to them hoping they’d get better, hoping they’d return to the shows roots—whatever special something that made me want to watch it in the first place. So it doesn’t have to be a big, unbelievable plot twist or a character I dislike that’ll make me walk away, but usually a combination of things.
I’m not one of those TV people who’d rather watch reruns of shows I’ve loved rather than trying something new. It seems I discover a new show every year, maybe it’s one that’s been on a while and I have to catch up on previous seasons. I still get that sense of excitement when a producer I love attempts a new project, but that’s no guarantee I’ll love it.
I am a firm believer that TV series and book series shouldn’t go on forever. By the time Gunsmoke hit 20 years of its TV run, Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty were getting up there in years—even they couldn’t muster the onscreen excitement they once had. And I’ve abandoned a few book series I once adored because the thrill was gone. As I’m facing penning the end on a long running western series of my own, the Rough Riders series will end with book 16 in 2014, I’m still torn on whether it’s the right decision. But I’d rather go out on my own terms. And when I think about it, that’s not a surprise since most of my favorite TV shows chose their own ending time too.
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