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All Allison wants for Festivus

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 9th 2009 10:02AM
heaton_the_middleThe Festivus season is upon us, and the spirits of joy and viewing visit TV Squad, giving us a chance to make our media wishes known. Oh, the wonder of a TV world of my own making. If only the Festivus wishes I make will come true. Yes, Allison, there is a Festivus! And so, my TV wishes:

-- Last year I wished for Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino to get another shot at TV after the horrible Jezebel James. Well, she's got a deal with HBO. Good for her. Now, for me, let's get her to write and film the finale for Rory and Lorelai and Luke and Star's Hollow that she intended for GG. It's time to do it now while all the principals are still active. The Mary Tyler Moore reunion with Rhoda came two decades too late.

-- Saturday night TV. Somebody has to have the cajones to bring back Saturday night programming. I'm convinced the network would be rewarded in the end. Just a thought, what if CBS moved NCIS to Saturday ... you better believe the audience would follow.

-- The end of pop ups that cover a third of the TV screen. Get off my set! It's bad enough that promos are crawling along the bottom. It's bad enough that sitcoms are barely 22 minutes. Enough with the encroaching commercialism of TV.

-- A second season for The Middle. This is the best new sitcom of the season, and ABC either has to give it time to grow or a better timeslot. I actually look forward to this show every week. Nearly as much as The Big Bang Theory.

-- More shows per season. I know that economics dictate that we're lucky to get 22 episodes a year from some network shows, but I'm greedy and want more. I'd like about 40 Big Bang Theories, if you please. Less reruns and more fresh TV, okay?

-- Well, a year ago I wished for Guiding Light to make it through the year. It didn't. Festivus, what happened? Okay, this year I think it's a safer bet with this wish. I'd like to see CBS give The Bold & the Beautiful an hour instead of 30 minutes. The show won the Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Drama Series, so it deserves the expansion.

-- It'll never happen, but I would love to see a network, likely on cable, for classic TV variety, musical special and Broadway shows. Specials like the kind Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra used to make. TV shows like The Smothers Brothers Show, Ed Sullivan, Sonny & Cher, uncut Carol Burnett. If Glee can thrive, couldn't a network like this?

-- Finally, my last Festivus wish might be one others share as well: I want to see Lost have a spectacular finish. I want to be awestruck. I want to be surprised. I want it to be a cool, Rod Serling-kind of twist that will be talked about for years. Like the end of Planet of the Apes. Remember?

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Daune Calovini

I'm with you on a few of those, for sure. Love The Middle, it gets better every week. Hate pop ups, especially when they cover up subtitles! Think of the shows NBC could have saved by moving them to a Saturday night block of programming. CBS could have saved Three Rivers or Cold Case or any number of shows that people break up with, because it is too dang hard to DVR them with all the sports delays. I don't know many people who watch shows in real time anyway. Give us a time they'll definitely be on, be consistent, and I will tape and be loyal! Happy Festivus!

December 09 2009 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I completely agree with you about LOST. I'm praying that the final season lives up to everyone's expectations and they answer all the fans' questions without disappointing us. Fingers crossed!

-- Nick
from City of Kik

December 09 2009 at 10:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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