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All Jason wants for Festivus

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 22nd 2009 10:33AM
Lost: The Final SeasonI am knee deep in the holiday spirit and drunk on power. Only I can reach the top of the tree, so what goes up there is up to me ... so long as my wife approves. With television mostly in reruns, I find myself with extra time in my head, and when I spend time in there I find things. Things like what I want for Festivus!
  • MTV and VH1 to play music videos. I'm from the MTV generation, which means I have no problem sitting around watching music videos for hours and hours. I love music. I love videos. The music industry would probably appreciate it, too. I don't like feeling like I need to take a shower while watching any one of their trashy reality shows.
  • Lost to blow us all away with a SATISFYING conclusion. No fade to black, no comas, no Bob Newhart waking up next to his wife. Make it work and make it make sense. If you do that, you'll have one of the greatest shows in television history. So, no pressure guys.

  • Caprica to be as good as Battlestar Galactica was, or at least close. It doesn't have to be the same, as I know it's not, but it has to keep me on the edge of my seat and leave me contemplating theories and hovering in anticipation before each new installment.
  • Somebody to realize what a mistake they've made and bring Reaper back into production before everyone has moved on. If it were to happen, I'd even be willing to root for Tyler Labine's upcoming Sons of Tucson to fail miserably if that would help.
  • All network shows to stream on their respective sites, or Hulu or somewhere legally, so I don't have to make tough choices when they all decide to put their best shows on all at the same time.
  • The networks to finally embrace a more cable-like model and declare a three season calendar year: Winter, Summer, Fall. No more huge gaps in the middle of a season, and shorter seasons of certain shows to keep them tight and focused.
  • NBC to finally pull the plug on The Jay Leno Show and put regular programming on at 10 PM ET again. That way they might have a home for shows like Southland. While I'm at it, I hope Southland smokes Leno in the ratings from its new cable home on TNT just to help drive the point home. Stop being lazy and make TV shows, NBC!
  • The networks to not give up on Fridays like they have on Saturdays. In fact, give Saturdays another shot as well. We used to get seven days of competitive programming, and I still believe that if the networks tried, they could succeed on those nights. And now's the time to do it, with more people staying at home and watching television in order to save a buck.
  • Most importantly, for you to keep reading and supporting TV Squad. In fact, let's just have TV Squad become the number one site on the web. Why not reach for the stars!

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Thanks for the nice words about Reaper. I agree; I miss this unique show very much. I wish there was a way for Ray Wise to toss Dawn Osteroff in ... well, you know where! Wait, she runs the CW, she's already there!

January 13 2010 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good choices for this list overall. The only comment I might have is about your closing statement: "Most importantly, for you to keep reading and supporting TV Squad. In fact, let's just have TV Squad become the number one site on the web. Why not reach for the stars!"

As long as you have idiots like Danny Gallagher working for you and posting lame, half-assed reviews, that will never happen guys. TV Squad used to be so much better than it is now and I can barely make it through the weak and crappy reviews and posts that seem to get posted. TVS needs to step it up if they want to keep from losing readers, much less to become the #1 site on the web!

December 24 2009 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm glad to see someone else recognizes the great dark horse that was Reaper. Too bad about Southland as well though at least TNT was smart enough to grab it.

Wish Life (also was on NBC) with Damian Lewis could have made it another season. Excellent show as well.

December 22 2009 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

I can relate to what you're saying about music videos on the onetime music video channels, but it's never gonna happen. The fact is that we all have huge libraries of music videos at our fingertips via YouTube et al; if you're got On Demand, you even have a certain number of videos available on your TV itself. (Seen Bob Dylan's "Must Be Santa" yet? So very, very weird. Plus, at least on my system, it comes with a PSA from Kevin & Scotty from Brothers & Sisters!) People aren't going to sit through videos they don't like when they can so easily program their own.

December 22 2009 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like all your choices, especially the one about streaming. Sometimes I wonder what logic system the networks are using when they stream one show but not another. If you let me stream a show, I may watch it online most of the time but I will watch it on TV when my main show goes on hiatus or gets cancelled. I'm less likely to do that if I haven't been given a chance to get into the show at the beginning of the season.

December 22 2009 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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