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Published: 12/10/2013 - Updated: 4 months ago

The dirty dozen: Stop watching these shows right now

BY SCOTT D. PIERCE
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

Even the most loyal of television viewers can only take so much. Sometimes breaking up isn’t hard to do, it’s easy.

A TV series is not a movie. It’s not a finished product. It’s difficult — pretty much impossible — for every episode to be a gem. And, almost inevitably, the longer a show is on, the harder it is keep the quality up.

Sometimes that happens quickly. The cracks were showing in Heroes before the end of Season 1; it fell apart in Season 2.

Sometimes it takes longer. How I Met Your Mother produced eight good, sometimes great, seasons before the current self-indulgent snooze. (If you want to see how it ends, however, there’s only another dozen episodes to go.)

The only thing harder than creating a good show in the first place is fixing a good show that’s gone bad. That almost never happens.

Here are a few shows that you can drop from your weekly rotation, if you haven’t already.

  • 1. "Revolution" — It started off with an interesting concept, but it’s implausible and a giant bore.
  • 2. "Two and a Half Men" — This show didn’t run out of gas because Charlie Sheen was firedl; it was running on fumes long before that.
  • 3. "Hot in Cleveland" — Love Betty White — love the entire cast — but this is a repetitive, unfunny half-hour.
  • 4. “Glee” -- This is a case study in how to take a good show and make it unwatchable, beginning with the atrocious writing.
  • 5. “New Girl” -- It still has its moments, but getting Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) together has pretty much ruined this once-funny sitcom.
  • 6. “The X Factor” -- It’s not so much a comment on this show as it is a comment on judge Simon Cowell. After all those years on “American Idol,” his act has worn painfully thin.
  • 7. “Grey’s Anatomy” -- At this point, there’s pretty much nothing that happens on this show that doesn’t feel like something that’s already happened on this show.
  • 8. “True Blood” -- This used to be hugely fun to watch despite being borderline insane. Now it’s just a mess.
  • 9. “Defiance” -- Another science-fiction series that launched with a strong premise but faded. Heaven forbid Syfy should actually do a show about outer-space aliens that takes place in outer space.
  • 10. “The Neighbors” -- This show about fish-out-of-water aliens living in suburban New Jersey always seemed like it had a limited lifespan. And that’s expired.
  • 11. “Homeland” -- Sort of pains me to say this, but this once-great show has lost a lot of its luster, in no small part because of an inability to see that the Brody character had outlived his usefulness.
  • 12. “Witches of East End” -- This series got off to a strong start, but turned into a bore in just a handful of episodes.


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