The attack of the one word titles
Okay, maybe it's just me. Perhaps I wouldn't have noticed it if I weren't reporting on the television industry. However, I have, and I'm a bit disturbed about it because it could mean the beginning of the downfall of Western civilization as we know it. Yes, it's been said that everything from microwave ovens to Britney Spears would be the downfall, but I really think this is.
What am I talking about? The amount of television shows this season with one word titles, of course. What the heck do you think I was talking about? The Middle East? North Korea? Britney having another baby? Hell, no! I write about television; I don't care about any of those issues!
Seriously, maybe it began with shows like Lost, but it seems like a majority of shows this season are saving a lot on graphics with a one-word title. You doubt me? Well, you always doubt me, but I have proof to back up my theory. Jump ahead and you'll see what I mean.
Let's begin with FOX, who is the main culprit in this conspiracy. They currently have six shows on their schedule with one-word titles: Bones, Cops, House, Justice, Standoff and Vanished. That's six out of the 17 shows currently on the network's fall schedule. That's nearly forty percent!
CBS and NBC have the next largest group of one-word titles at five each. NBC has ER, Heroes, Kidnapped, Medium and Scrubs, while the Eye network has Jericho, Shark, Smith, Numb3rs, and Survivor. The CW follows up with four shows: Girlfriends, Runaway, Smallville and Supernatural. In last place, with the show that probably started this trend, is ABC with only Lost and mid season replacement Traveler as their single-word shows. Well, you could add Supernanny to that list, but that really isn't an official word, is it?
Scandalous! What's next, one letter titles? Maybe they'll remove the them all together, making us guess at what the show's title should be. Or, maybe the titles will begin to reflect the genre that they belong to: Sitcom, Drama, Dramedy, Stupid Reality Show That I Can't Believe You Are Wasting Your Time Watching. My TV Squad readers, we need to put a stop to this. Write the networks, call your congressmen, stand on the steps of your town hall and exclaim that you won't take it anymore. If not, then we may be talking about the new dramas P, Q and Z for the 2007-08 fall schedule.