All Jonathan wants for Festivus
by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 11th 2009 6:09PM
Festivus is upon us once again here at TV Squad and regardless of whether or not I've been naughty or nice, all my wishes had better come true because I've already sat through all ten crappy episodes of FlashForward -- I deserve all this.
- First off, as you can probably tell by the picture above, I've got high hopes for David Simon's upcoming HBO drama Treme. Set in a post-Katrina New Orleans, I am in no way asking for this show to be The Wire meets the bayou, but I do want it to be good. Judging by the cast (Wire alums Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, Steve Zahn, and Khandi Alexander to name a few), I'd say Simon already has another hit on his hands.
- Right now, it's only a pipe dream on Kurt Sutter's Twitter page, but I really hope that the Sons of Anarchy webisodes actually get made. FX has already proven that they can pump out webisodes that don't suck (the Rescue Me minisodes were fantastic) and giving SAMCRO the "what's going on in-between seasons" treatment would be perfect. I'd love to know what kind of preparations the club is making before their trip to Belfast next September when Sons of Anarchy's third season premieres.
- Two huge series finales on the horizon that had better not suck: Nip/Tuck and Lost. Between these two shows, the TV landscape was completely altered after they premiered in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Lost proved that network TV could far more creative than anyone had previously given it credit for and Nip/Tuck solidified basic cable (and FX especially) as the new breeding ground for quality TV. I love both of these shows and really hope their finales live up to what each show has come to stand for.
- I want less reality TV. I'm sick of it taking over every inch of the TV schedule. Had I known that Survivor was laying the foundation for what would eventually open the door for crap like For The Love of Ray J, I never would have watched Jeff Probst tally the votes for the first time back in 2000.
- I'm echoing my Festivus wish from last year, but since it came true, I just hope Jay Leno continues to fail in the 10 p.m. time slot. Thus far, his show has had horrible ratings coupled with an odd resemblance to his old Tonight Show. With Comcast behind the wheel at NBC now, I hope they realize that cutting costs isn't everything and instead try to put some quality dramas back into their evening schedule.
- And, finally, a happy Chrismahanukwanzakah to you and yours.