I ought to start this rant with a disclaimer: I know that everyone’s tastes vary. I know that my tastes are probably very old-fashioned. And I’m certainly not criticising anyone whose tastes are different to mine.
Why do all the good TV shows get cancelled? Every now and then I discover a wonderful show, sweet and funny, quirky and cozy, and then BAM! Cancelled. Men In Trees. Samantha Who. Cut down in their prime. And in their place, a million reality shows, plumbing the depths in a pretense at entertainment (has anyone seen the trailers for the new show, Dating In The Dark? I mean, really, could they scrape the barrel any more???). So many forensic crime shows. And all the soaps, brim full of screaming and abuse and misery.
And it’s not just TV. It’s incredibly hard to find a contemporary work of fiction that is enjoyable, uplifting, or gripping. The fluffier books are all carbon copies of each other. The more serious works are gritty to the point of being painful. And movies have gone the same way. Chick flicks are laughably predictable. And if you don’t enjoy comicbook/supernatural/vampire themed movies, it doesn’t seem like there is much choice left to you. Apart from the occasional period drama, which appears like an oasis in the desert.
But maybe it’s just me. I’ve always been out of step in my tastes. Old for my years. Boring, maybe. I’m almost afraid to discover new TV shows, because I’m like the death warrant for them. If I like it, then you can guarantee that it’s on its way out. I guess I’ll just have to stick with my re-runs and DVDs, my old books…..