Posts Tagged ‘V’

Today in SHOCKING news…

Posted: May 14, 2010 in Threat Quality
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“V” has actually been renewed.

Go figure. Perhaps they will use the summer wisely, by, say, building an actual set, or finding a way to make the characters less stupid and whiny.

In SAD BUT NOT AT ALL SHOCKING news: “Better Off Ted” is officially canceled. You may all weep for the sad state of Veridian Dynamics now.

Bastion of all things science fiction, IO9, did a post recently regarding the upcoming swansong of Russell Davies and David Tennant’s iteration of “Doctor Who,” examining past season finales and offering advice for what Davies tropes to avoid.

The long and short of it – avoid Deus Ex Machina like Rose in season 1, insurmountable problems like The Master’s takeover in season 3, and the utter batshit, nonsensical, let’s-bring-every-supporting-character-back-for-one-last-bow-ness of season 4.

These are all very good points, and it’s hard to argue against any of them, except that for reasons I can’t quite place, I totally disagree.


For all the complaining about how sci-fi doesn’t get a chance on TV – spurred by regular announcements of favorite shows getting cancelled (often in their second seasons, which I will soon develop a theory about) – fans seem to ignore just how much genre TV there actually is these days.

From the last year alone, both on network and cable: Lost, Supernatural, Fringe, Pushing Daisies, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Eureka, Dollhouse, Reaper, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Universe, Warehouse 13, Flashforward, The Prisoner, V, Torchwood, Dr. Who…and while the failure rate is far higher than the successes, let’s point out that Lost, Supernatural, the Stargate franchise and Smallville are (in some cases bafflingly – okay, just Smallville) pretty long-lived for TV series.

Now, argue left and right about the relative quality and/or unfair-cancellation of any of these shows, but there sure are a lot of them, considering every year I seem to come across a panicky “Is sci-fi on TV dead?” article or 10.