Even with appropriate promos, the numbers for the series aren't particularly good. But, there I am, tuning in on a weekly basis anyway. I know the numbers aren't going to get better (again, yes, technically they could, all of America could sit down on Monday night to watch television, find Persons Unknown and be completely enthralled), but I'm going to continue to tune in. Why? Because just like with Happy Town, I'm completely intrigued. I want to know what's going to happen. I want to know why these people have been put into this freaky empty town, what the night manager of the hotel is doing, and why the people running the Chinese restaurant are running the Chinese restaurant.
I think I may actually have some hope in getting answers there (except with the restaurant). The show has been billed as a "miniseries event," which seems to indicate that the producers have a full story arc laid out for the course of the "event," a story arc that includes something of a conclusion. We'll see, they could always go the cliffhanger route, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised by that, but I'm hoping that it'll be a sort of Lost-esque cliffhanger, the kind that changes the question entirely and which I can convince myself I'm no longer interested in. My biggest fear is that they'll decide to give up on the series before they've aired all the episodes.
Please don’t do that, NBC, please. I know that if you do you'll probably throw them up on Hulu or NBC.com, but I don't know that I'll ever make the time to watch them that way, I want them on my TV.
Maybe I just need to keep hunting for that dark and creepy but not scary (I don't like scary) serialized show that will stay on for years on end without ever losing track of the main thread or putting on bad episodes or having actors decide they want to leave or not being continuously and relentlessly riveting. That's not asking too much is it?