6 Shows We Feel Somewhat Guilty For Bailing On

THE BORGIAS
Despite the fact that on the surface, Showtime’s THE BORGIAS — complete with copious amounts of sex and gratuitous levels of violence — is equal to timeslot rival GAME OF THRONES in almost every respect. There is one unmistakeable thing that separates HBO’s big budget fantasy from Jeremy Irons Showtime starrer: Have you seen those adorable Dire Wolf Cubs?

SUNDAY NIGHT ON ABC
As much as we hate to be that guy — you know, the Hollywood cliché who swaps his steady squeeze for a hot young newcomer — we recently decided that it was time to trade ol’ reliable Sunday stalwarts DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and BROTHERS & SISTERS for the flashier newbies GAME OF THRONES and THE KILLING. Don’t shoot the messenger.


TREME
As much as we’d like to applaud HBO for continuing to shine a much needed spotlight on a post-Katrina New Orleans — particularly in lieu of America’s 24/7 Cable News Outlets who seem to be far more interested in covering Lindsay Lohan’s legal snafu — nothing screams “bummer of a way to end a weekend” like a TREME viewing party. Worse still, we’re not the only ones who feel that way.

NURSE JACKIE
With apologies in advance to Showtime, no amount of Emmy love for star Edie Falco can make up for the fact that following WEEDS, DAMAGES and THE UNITED STATES OF TARA we’re thisclose to O.D.’ing on cable shows starring incredibly brilliant albeit somewhat damaged woman.

TELEVISION NEWS
You know, those programs media conglomerates spend hundreds of millions of dollars per year on so that they can alert you to news your Twitter feed “spoiled” 7 hours ago! (See: Japanese Earthquake)

  • Charles Carmichael

    I don’t blame you for dumping Desperate Housewives (I dumped it after season 3) and Brothers & Sisters in favor of the remarkable Game of Thrones and The Killing. Those two shows just may have bumped Sunday up to my favorite night of tv.

  • http://crazycrishereandthere.blogspot.com/ CrazyCris

    I was going to go WHAAAAAT?!?!?!?! on your bailing on The Borgias (FABULOUS show!), until you said it was in favour of Game of Thrones… talk about having to make a Salomonic decision! But I thought they were on one after the other? It appears that way in your Sunday schedules… and if they do overlap, there’s this really old-fashioned device called a VCR that allows you to record a channel while watching another. And I hear there are even more modern versions… ;)

  • http://crazycrishereandthere.blogspot.com/ CrazyCris

    I was going to go WHAAAAAT?!?!?!?! on your bailing on The Borgias (FABULOUS show!), until you said it was in favour of Game of Thrones… talk about having to make a Salomonic decision! But I thought they were on one after the other? It appears that way in your Sunday schedules… and if they do overlap, there’s this really old-fashioned device called a VCR that allows you to record a channel while watching another. And I hear there are even more modern versions… ;)

  • Anonymous

    B&S should be dumped by everyone, but I got back at DH after season five and I dig how they refer back to the first season, it feels like a pay off. Also, the winter finale was one of the best episodes of the entire season of any show.

  • Ace

    Aww, don’t give up on Treme. Just record it and watch some other time if you don’t want to watch it Sunday evening. It’s not any more depressing than The Killing! Such a great show.

  • http://twitter.com/Realme2011 Jenny

    I dumped B&S just because it’s sucked this season, but I can’t see myself dumping Desperate Housewives anytime soon. I’m just too addicted. Nurse Jackie I stopped watching, because it felt like a lot of progress was not being made. Jackie’s husband finally figuring out her manipulative ways, her friend O’hara also on to her, and maybe the hospital suspecting something. But then it felt like the writers wanted to let Jackie out with another get out of jail free card. It just felt a little too resolved. Granted I plan to catch up on the show, but I just felt disappointed and keep putting the show off.

  • Abby

    The Borgias is well-done but I didn’t watch it after the first episode. There’s no hero, no one to root for. Just a bunch of despicable people doing despicable things. I have to have at least one character to like.

  • Shilo

    I gave up on Treme midway through the first season because I was bored to tears by how little actual story there was, but I’ve been thinking about giving it another go.

    In the pantheon of damaged women dramedies on Showtime, Nurse Jackie is the second best behind Weeds. The Big C and United States of Tara, for me, don’t even come close to those two.

  • Anonymous

    I’m stockpiling The Borgias till i have more time available… no amount of anything could make me break up with Nurse Jackie though!!!

  • BJ

    Took you a whole half a season to see that about Treme? I barely got through the pilot before giving it up for the same reason.

  • Brian

    Hmmm. I’ve found room on the DVR for both the Borgias & Game of Thrones. And I’m still faithful to my beloved Brothers & Sisters, even though they’re all over the map this season and my husband feels similarly about Desperate Housewives. Nurse Jackie? Meh. I wish I’d gotten in on The Killing at the beginning; now I’m just waiting for a DVD. But Treme is the only show I wouldn’t give up for anything. But when I go home, it’s to New Orleans, so I’m probably biased.

  • Brian

    Hmmm. I’ve found room on the DVR for both the Borgias & Game of Thrones. And I’m still faithful to my beloved Brothers & Sisters, even though they’re all over the map this season and my husband feels similarly about Desperate Housewives. Nurse Jackie? Meh. I wish I’d gotten in on The Killing at the beginning; now I’m just waiting for a DVD. But Treme is the only show I wouldn’t give up for anything. But when I go home, it’s to New Orleans, so I’m probably biased.

  • Anonymous

    Those of us who can only afford basic cable are still there for DH and B & S.
    B&S has been actually pretty great lately….if you accept that they decided to go out as a parody of campy messes. And Paige is evil…..

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com/ The TV Addict

    Wait Whaaaah? Paige is evil!!?!?! Fine, I”ll watch Sunday’s season (series?) finale.

  • http://twitter.com/sb_losang steve

    I see only 5 shows. You mentioned 6 in the title.