This week, E! Online’s Kristin released the candidates for her annual SAVE ONE SHOW campaign. Unlike previous years, this year’s poll seems exceptionally harsh with seventeen shows on the brink of cancellation. The list includes, 30 ROCK, THE CLASS, CLOSE TO HOME, CROSSING JRODAN, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, GILMORE GIRLS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, JERICHO, MEDIUM, THE NINE, ONE TREE HILL, SCRUBS, SIX DEGREES, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, SUPERNATURAL, VERONICA MARS and WHAT ABOUT BRIAN. Pretty much an impossible choice for anyone, let alone a full fledged TV addict.
That said I’ve been putting far too much thought into how I’m going to narrow down my choice and I thought I’d take a moment to share my process with you.
Elimination Round One: Shows I don’t watch
The first step is the easiest, as there happens to be nine shows on the block that for one reason or another, I simply don’t watch. Say goodbye to: CLOSE TO HOME, CROSSING JORDAN, MEDIUM, THE NINE, ONE TREE HILL, SIX DEGREES, WHAT ABOUT BRIAN
Elimination Round Two: Enjoy, but not obsessed with
Step two is a bit harder as I’m going to have to eliminate two shows that I enjoy on a semi-regular basis, but aren’t given season passes on my PVR. Say goodbye to: JERICHO and SUPERNATURAL (Note to SUPERNATURAL FANS: I’m so impressed with your passion and love for your show, please don’t send some bad-ass ghosts after me!)
Elimination Round Three: You had a great run
Step three involves letting go of shows that I’ve loved and luckily had the chance to enjoy for a few seasons. Say goodbye to: GILMORE GIRLS, SCRUBS and VERONICA MARS. Note to SCRUBS fans, I’d be shocked if it doesn’t come back for one final season. Thus I can’t give it my one vote.
Elimination Round Four: Sophie’s Choice
So here’s what we’re left with, and here are my thoughts.
30 ROCK: Give Tina Fey an Emmy.
THE CLASS: Most Improved Show of the year.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Coach Taylor and Tammi = Best couple on TV.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: LEGEN…. (wait for it)…. DERY.
STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP: Aaron Sorkin writes like no other.
After countless hours of deliberation and at least one sleepless night, theTVaddict’s choice, assuming I can only SAVE ONE SHOW is FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS has delivered an award winning freshman season as a result of compelling story-telling and top notch acting. Each and every week the show manages to surprise, as it tackles difficult subjects realistically and from all angles. I can only hope that we get countless more seasons to enjoy the most under-appreciated new drama on television.
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