The work week takes adults and students alike through the miserable Monday and into Friday, where a weekend couch date getaway seems inevitable. Saturdays and Sundays serve as a rejuvenation period where individuals gather their strength for the upcoming week. Just as people deserve holidays, TV shows do, too. However, some shows are simply dragging their feet attempting to please viewers, all for revenue. These shows need to come to a conclusion.
Fans are falling asleep during episodes they once could not wait to watch, yet these shows have not been cancelled. For example, in the show Grey’s Anatomy, characters continuously die in order to keep the plotline going. The characters who set the story in motion
have gone, and the show’s originality has went with them. The producer’s sole interest, on the other hand, is trying to milk their cash cow as much as they can.
These tried and tired shows, along with a string of others, may not be gaining the popularity they had in previous decades, but in the end viewers are still tuning into programs such as Game of Thrones, in anticipation of a better season.
Producers, however, are scrambling to find new ideas in a dry well. With a lack of ideas, a need for money, a disinclination to venture outside of the box, and a continuously changing cast, it becomes difficult to keep viewers coming back.
viewers cannot let go of the characters whose lives they have been relentlessly watching for decades. Directors rejoice because they have seemingly solved the unsolvable; producing yet another new spin on a show that has audiences coming back for more.
What they do not realize is they are teetering on the edge of a cliff, hanging on for as long as they can until backlash pushes them over into a void of criticism and unpopularity.
For now, characters can continue dying in Grey’s Anatomy, coming back to life in the Arrow, and being switched out, as in Once Upon a Time, but there comes a time when there are no more characters to kill, too many living zombies in an action adventure, and none of the original cast left when shows start to lose their individuality.
No one will remember shows for how they initially reeled in the audience, but rather how they ran to a condescending conclusion.
For producers, ending a television show with a rightful conclusion means a lifetime of legacy instead of a decade full of hair-pulling resentment. For viewers, there is no longer pain in watching your favorite characters getting killed in an attempt to prolong the storyline or shame in having to shun the programs you once looked up to.
It is just not worth it. Sadly, most TV shows still do not understand the concept of venturing outside of the box. Instead of creating fresh ideas, they resort to wearing down the old ones. The world keeps evolving, and everyone needs to be part of the process, including TV shows.