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Seven Shows That Could Use a Time Jump

by Rich Keller, posted May 3rd 2010 2:03PM
'Heroes' is one of seven shows that could use a time jumpOver the last few seasons a number of shows -- 'One Tree Hill,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Lost' -- have used the concept of time jumping to generate public interest and open up new storylines. Now, 'Brothers & Sisters' will be making a small time jump between this season and next. Money was on this show, 'Gossip Girl,' or 'Phineas and Ferb.' to make the jump.

This, as usual, got us to thinking of other currently running programs that could use a time shift to freshen them up. Subsequently, this led us to put our thoughts down on the hyperlinked paged for debate and comment. After the jump are but a few examples and how a time jump could benefit them.

'Army Wives'
-- This would be a controversial one, but it should be mentioned. Jump ahead to a point where both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are over and everyone has begun returning home. Let that season be the one that shows how the troops, as a group, handle the semi-permanent return back to home life. True, this has been done somewhat since the series began, but this jump could lead to a new set of stories as everyone faces new realities and challenges.

'Dexter' -- While season five of the series will pick up right after the events of the season four finale, it would still be interesting for this show to time jump. Just a few years, to the point where Harrison is around five or six and Dexter has been able to tamp down his desire to kill while raising his child. That could certainly open up new plot points, including a return to Dexter's killing ways and a potential decision to treat Harrison the same way as his adoptive father did to him.

'Heroes' -- If there's a series that needs a jump start from a time shift it may be this one! After a season that was deemed lackluster at best, moving this show ahead a few months, or even a year, could give it the fresh perspective it needs. Especially if they continue the storyline where the heroes reveal their abilities to the public. The time jump could show how the characters now handle their new found fame.

'The Office' -- Since Steve Carrell is thinking of leaving 'The Office' after season seven, now would be a good time as ever to time jump this series. A year into the future, all of those hours of film have been turned into a hugely successful documentary, making Michael Scott a star. The Scranton office is now run by someone new (best guess: Heather Locklear), with some new and old faces getting ready for a follow-up documentary. Ricky Gervais did this in the original 'Office's' holiday special, so there's a precedent here.

'The Simpsons' -- For the last two decades the writers over at 'The Simpsons' have had good luck squeezing as much story as they could out of Bart and Lisa. Now, it's time to age them a bit. Not into their biological ages of 28 and 30, but enough years to put them in middle school (6th and 8th grade, respectively). That gives them some new teachers and students to bother or impress. Oh, they can leave Maggie as a baby if they want.

'Stargate Universe' --
While the show's current concept of discovery and survival is intriguing right now, viewers are going to get tired of the latest ship breakdown or stranded crew very soon. Perhaps the creators of the show can time jump out about 6 months at the beginning of the new season and show a more stable ship and a crew willing to explore more and bicker less. If fans have questions, the creators can fill in the missing half a year in other future episodes.

'Hannah Montana' -- Forget the move to a horse ranch for the last season! Jump ahead four years...Miley's now a washed-up, former teenage pop star that got married, had kids, shaved her head, then drove around L.A. with her newborn in the driver's seat. Hmmm, where have I heard that storyline before?

Which show do you think needs a big time jump?

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This isn't a very "helpful" post, but I completely agree with Dexter. Up until your suggestion, I was almost hoping this next season was its last because - well, where can you go from recovering from the turn of events in the last season?

If Michael C. Hall wanted to continue filming the series (he's probably still recovering from his recent fight with cancer), jumping time would be an excellent way to continue the story without abandoning Harrison or Dexter's intriguing hobby.

The only downside to this suggestion is the appearance of Cody and Astor. The show would either have to leave them behind completely (which would really bum a fan like me out considering how well Dexter got along with them), reference them off-camera (which might be a little awkward because we would all want to know how they were holding up), or cast them with different actors (Cody has been recast before, but Astor has a distinctive look that might not transfer well to an older actress).

If season six happens though, I'd say your idea is a pretty good one.

May 04 2010 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Ghost Whisperer has taught us anything, it's that 'time jumps' ruin a good show

May 03 2010 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mark's comment

And BSG taught us that it doesn't, so it's a draw.

May 03 2010 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Keller

The 'Brothers & Sisters' news is very new. I have just updated the article to reflect this.

May 03 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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William Whitaker

Thanks, and sorry for the way my message was written.

May 03 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William Whitaker

Mr. Keller,

How is it possible that you write for this site and post this story today not knowing what we've known for a week now that the show jumping forward is Brothers & Sisters. Ausiello told us last week (April 28). Not to mention that your story was posted today AFTER Ausiello ran an interview he had with executive producer David Marshall Grant, in which they discuss the details of the time jump. Curious as to why you wouldn't have known this, and afraid of how out of the loop you seem to be.

May 03 2010 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to William Whitaker's comment

It was a simple mistake. Why the hostility?

May 03 2010 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i could see doing a time jump. the hybrid baby could be a teen helping recruit fro the 5th column...the other V's are closer to earth...

May 03 2010 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike McNamara

It's Brothers and Sisters, according to something I saw in my RSS feeder earlier but didn't actually read.

Phineas and Ferb references made me laugh.

May 03 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mike McNamara's comment

And they've already done the time jump thing... in at least two episodes.
It's a cute show, makes suffering through toddler programming a little less painful when the grandbabies are over!

May 03 2010 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I cannot believe The Simpsons has last as long as they did w/o aging!

May 03 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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