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The TV Squad Team Gives TV Some New Year's Resolutions

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 30th 2010 2:00PM
Idris ElbaWe've reached the time of year when people talk about all the ways they're going to change in the new year. They want to lose weight, swear less, spend more time with friends, etc. But we all know what happens to New Year's resolutions... they're usually broken or discarded by the time you trudge to work after the holidays are over.

So the folks here at TV Squad decided to do something a little bit different; for the most part, instead of giving ourselves resolutions to follow, we've decided give the powers that be running the various networks our wish list of what we're looking to see on TV in 2011. We're very generously giving our resolutions over to the TV folks, hoping to benefit the greater good of TV fans anywhere. If any of these come to pass, you'll know who you can thank.

Joel Keller

I'd love to see the broadcast networks at least try to do shows with limited runs. Keep it to eight or ten or thirteen episodes, similar to what's done on cable now, and run all of the episodes no matter what the ratings are. While some shows are just not going to attract an audience, others may attract enough of the right audience to make the experiment worth it. Are the economics of the broadcast networks that out of whack that a show like 'Mad Men' could never exist there?
Louis CK in 'Louie' on FX
Gary Sussman

FX should resolve not to do a thing to change "Archer" or "Louie," which are two of the funniest shows (strictly for grownups) on TV. Well, OK, FX could buy more episodes and promote them so that the series break out of cult status and get the audiences they deserve.

Mo Ryan

I want more Enver Gjokaj on my television screen. He demonstrated incredible range as 'Dollhouse's' Victor, a 'doll' who easily disappeared into any role. Gjokaj was cast as a con man in a USA pilot, 'Eden,' and let's hope that, if the show makes it to air, the role is tailor-made for the actor's many skills and allows him to show the kind of range that Jeffrey Donovan demonstrates each week on 'Burn Notice.'

Jo Garfein

In 2011, I have very high expectations for four new shows: the two from J.J. Abrams, 'Alcatraz' and the unnamed Michael Emerson/Terry O'Quinn series, Steven Spielberg's 'Falling Skies' and Shawn Ryan's 'The Chicago Code.' I anxiously await the premiere of each with prematurely crossed fingers for patient networks and full season pick-ups.

Chris CuomoPat Gallagher

On my wish list for 2011, please, dear Lord, let that All-American-boy-next-door, intelligent, adorable, funny, compassionate Chris Cuomo go back to where he belongs co-hosting 'Good Morning America.' (Were the ABC brass sniffing glue when they failed to do that in the first place?) Send George Stephanopoulous back to 'This Week'; Christiane Amanpour to BBC; Oprah replaces Larry King -- 'Oprah Live' -- on CNN; Piers Morgan to 'American Idol'; Ryan Seacrest, get married.

Piet Levy

After a middling year, 'The Office' returned to excellence with its sweet, hilarious Christmas episode. Fingers crossed more greatness awaits even after Steve Carell's Michael Scott leaves (hopefully for happiness with Amy Ryan's Holly?) With a solid ensemble, the show deserves to go on, so long as the writing's fresh.

Alaina O'Connor

I'd like to see more Idris Elba in 2011. Elba is best known for his role as Russell "Stringer" Bell in HBO's 'The Wire' and more recently for his gritty Golden Globe nominated role in the BBC drama 'Luther'. I think he's the kind of talent that can carry a network television drama and I'm hoping that the recognition he's received for his work will open new doors for him in the American television arena.

Ryan Vaughan

My hope for TV in 2011 is for 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' to call it quits. The list of awesome shows that went on too long is grotesquely lengthy (and some would argue 'Always Sunny' is already among them), and the last thing we need to see is a live wedding episode where Dee marries Ted McGinley.

Nathan FillionJenna Busch

A short time ago I spoke to Castle star and geek god Nathan Fillion, who told me that, if there was a scifi franchise he'd like to revive and act in, it would surely be The Greatest American Hero. If I could see anything happen in the New Year, it would be the beginning of that project. Although, between the two shows, he probably wouldn't have time to tweet as much.

Jason Hughes

I would love to see a home for serious science fiction on television. With the recent cancellations of 'SGU' and 'Caprica,' Syfy appears to be shifting toward lighter and more general fare. Perhaps the world of syndication should try again, or a brave niche channel like AMC or FX.

Jane Murphy

More 'Mad Men' blasts from pasts. The return of Don's beatnik flame Midge (played by Rosemarie DeWitt) made for wrenching TV in the latter half of the season. We hope -- and expect -- more of the same in 2011. The late sixties brought the demise of some prominent Fifth Avenue department stores -- will Mencken's meet the same fate and inspire the return of Rachel? And what of Allison, who left Don's employ to work for a female magazine editor. Would Matthew Weiner drop that detail in for no reason?

Jean Bentley

This is a totally reasonable three-pronged request for The CW: I hope Katie Cassidy eventually finds a show worthy of her talent, 'One Tree Hill' brings back Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton for an episode or two, and 'Gossip Girl' is put out of its misery already. Get on it, Dawn Ostroff!

Archie PanjabiChris Harnick

In 2011, I hope Blake serves his smarmy purpose on 'The Good Wife' and we viewers get to know more about Kalinda, but not too much more, she needs the mysteriously awesome vibe still.

Laura Prudom

My TV resolution for 2011 is to be more open-minded. I tend to judge a book by its cover and a TV show by its title: I was initially put off by the name and concept of 'Cougar Town,' but when I finally gave it a chance over winter hiatus, it became my favorite comedy of the year. (I probably did the same thing with 'Terriers,' but now I'll never know...)

Michael Maloney

I'd like to see the fine folks at Associated Television International include an "In Memoriam" segment if they produce the 2011 Daytime Emmys. It should include late greats that the soap world has lost over the last few years: Beverlee McKinsey, Darlene Conley, Eileen Herlie, James Mitchell, Frances Reid and Helen Wagner.

Tell us: What would you like to see from TV in 2011?

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Luther was nicely done.

December 30 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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