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TV’s Glow Continues, Even if the Season is Ending

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Lately, it seems, I’ve complained a lot about shows. I’ve talked about what is wrong with The Riches, BSG, 24, 30 Rock, Scrubs, My Name is Earl, Raines, Lost, Notes From the Underbelly, Nova, and on and on and on. It may actually sound like I don’t like television. It may actually sound like I think that television is headed in the wrong direction, like I believe that the glory days of the medium are behind it. 

That’s wrong! That’s an ugly assertion and I’m actually quite disappointed that you would make it. Television still has good in it, and television will continue to have good in it for a long, long time. I love television, even when television disappoints me. Sure, I complain about the stuff that disappoints me, who wouldn’t? Isn’t that what love really is? Love is not liking every show that airs, love is sticking with something through the good times and the bad, love is knowing that my next great romance with television is just around the corner. 

Some people find this time in the television season moderately depressing. I can understand that; everything is about to come to an end, there are only four or at best five new episodes of your favorite shows left before the season ends (no, American Idol is not your favorite show, so the fact that there are umpteen episodes of that left don’t count). But that’s just negative thinking. I’ll admit to going down that road sometimes, but you don’t have to do it, I don’t have to do it, there is another way. You don’t have to give in. Just give the networks a few weeks to reboot after the May Sweep ends, and all of the sudden summer reality programming and good cable stuff will start. 

I don’t want to get into all that good stuff too early, but trust me, there’s going to be some great programs on the tube this summer. So, just for the next couple of weeks, I’m asking you to hold out, hold on, and don’t give in to the doldrums. Be excited for the next new episode of Lost. Be excited that How I Met Your Mother is back soon. Be excited that The CW hasn’t canceled Veronica Mars… yet. Be excited that Idol only has another month left in it. The end is coming, I promise. 

Okay, now you’re just pestering me. You want to know what I’m excited for this summer. What shows I’m waiting to watch, what I’ll be TiVoing, what I’ll be watching live, (that answer is easy — nothing. Everything gets TiVoed, everything), and what I’m just oh-so-excited for. 

That would be telling. 

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About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.