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The Put Me Out of This Misery Award nominees

by Bob Sassone, posted May 27th 2008 3:21PM

TV Squad Awards logoThanks to everyone who commented on my Put Me Out of This Misery Award post. If there's one thing that people are passionate about, besides what their favorite shows are, are the shows that they don't want around anymore. Below are the five nominees for this award, the show that has overstayed its welcome and should be put down already, damn it! Also, after the jump, a poll for what you would choose for this award, what we're calling the Reader's Choice Award. Both awards will be announced next week.

The nominees, in alphabetical order...

1. According To Jim (ABC): This show has become so attached to the "why is this show still on the air?" phrase that TV fans seem to utter every May that maybe the award should have been called "The According To Jim Award." But that would mean it couldn't be in the running! Look, I have nothing against Jim Belushi and I've loved Courtney Thorne-Smith for 20 years, but it does baffle me that this show gets renewed every single year.

2. The Apprentice (NBC): The novelty of this show has really worn thin, if there was any novelty to being with. You know a show should probably go when they start having spinoffs and celebrity editions, and NBC has had both (remember the Martha Stewart version?). Honestly, I think there is a place for reality shows and reality game shows on television, but the fewer the better, and The Apprentice is definitely one that NBC should just put away for good.

3. CSI (CBS): I've never been a fan of this show (or any of the 22 spinoffs), but I've been hearing from hardcore CSI fans who think this show should be put to rest. And we here pretty much agree. The plots are getting more and more out there, the snazzy special effects are no longer special, and all the spinoffs lessen the original (though even the spinoffs could easily be added to this category as well).

4. Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC): I'll put up with a lot of TV, especially late at night, when I'm tired but awake and probably eating leftover pizza or Doritos, but have you ever actually seen this? My God, the person that Daly has on as his first guest, the big name, is the person that all of the other late night talk shows would have on as their third guest. Sometimes I look at the late night lineups and think "who the hell is that?" There's absolutely no reason to actually take the time to stay up late at night to watch this, and when it's a late, late, late show, you have to give viewers a reason not to go to bed. It's not even worth recording.

5. Law and Order (NBC): This show has become a shadow of its former self, almost a self-parody. What we loved about the early years (and even the middle years) of Law and Order was the fresh writing, the surprises, the play between the actors. The actors are still fine, even if they do seem to rotate a lot more often than they used to, but the plots and writing...honestly, "ripped from the headlines" has gone from a cool catchphrase to an order in the writers room. I don't want to see stories copied from what's going on in the news, because not only will the stories be less interesting than the real life versions (truth is indeed stranger than fiction), but the show starts to look like a gimmick and not an original drama.

For the record, both ER and Scrubs were considered, but since they have already been put out of our misery (both shows have announced that this fall is the final season), I figured that it would be a waste of space to nominate them to go away. Hmmm...both ER and Scrubs are NBC shows, as are three of the five nominees above. No wonder NBC is doing so badly.

(Check out our full list of TV Squad Awards and let us know what you think. Make sure you also check out AOL TV's best & worst of TV poll.)

And now, let us know who we should pick for the Reader's Choice Award:

Which show would you put out of our misery?
According To Jim391 (41.7%)
The Apprentice306 (32.6%)
CSI83 (8.8%)
Last Call with Carson Daly106 (11.3%)
Law and Order52 (5.5%)

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May 28 2008 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I saw The Daly Carson show one time, and I was LMAO. He would come back from the ads and motion for the band to stop playing and they would play an xtra 5 seconds and he was getting pissed off. At the end of the 3rd ad break he had to motion to the band twice and shot a dirty look at the leader and started shaking his head in disgust. I thought he was about to go over to him and knock the shit out of him. Them 2 must have not been getting along or something. Or maybe he had just gotten a new bandleader or something.

May 27 2008 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I voted for The Apprentice. Donald Trump should never have his own show again.

May 27 2008 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How could TVSquad ignore the Kevorkian-driven drivel that is the once-great now-not "Guiding Light"

May 27 2008 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I must say (even though it saddens me) that Guiding Light really should be put out of its misery. Then maybe I could just remember what a GREAT show it once was.

May 27 2008 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, I decided to vote for the Apprentice, because at least it used to be good, but now it feels stupid, especially the celebrity edition. A tips is to check out the british version instead, which is as good as the early seasons of the US show (if not better).

May 27 2008 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Personally, I think when you kill off a cast member, and then bring that cast member back as the original characters twin sister....it might be time to say goodbye.


May 27 2008 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I voted for the Apprentice just because it's the only reality show. I would've voted for Carson Daly but it's on late night so who cares?

It IS weird that Smallville is not on here. But oh well.

May 27 2008 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As I suspected. the winner for now, is According To Jim. While I have only seen the show once, I didn't get a sense of dread that I might see it again. Carson Daly on the other hand was so bad the one time I watched it, I had to watch it again to make sure I wasn't imagining how awful it was. Daly is boring, unfunny, a poor interviewer and should be pulled off the air ASAP.

May 27 2008 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 27 2008 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG I didn't even realize Last Call with Carson Daly was still on...

May 27 2008 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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