Summer Glau's Love Slave: It's on FOX?
phlegmmo: A Dane Cook special?
alienated: jj abrams is in the credits ?
Chariset: It's produced by Joss Whedon?
fusillade762: "Alias"? This is becoming frustrating. Are they being intentionally obscure?X-Files
doglover: Someone totally annoying becomes a "fan favorite" characterYou know who I'm talking about - the character who was sort of cute when they stood in the back and had the occasional funny line. Or someone who was a mysterious, shadowy figure, until we learned all about him or her. Or someone who was always sort of obnoxious and jerky, but less goody-two-shoes than the rest of the cast. In any case, sometimes a vocal group of fans will latch on to a particular character as a "fan favorite," and start clamoring for him/her to get more screen time. And the producers oblige, until suddenly the whole show is about this character, instead of the people you thought it was about all this time. And that usually means the resolution is going to be really, really weird.[fc09.deviantart.net image 556x405]
FirstNationalBastard: No, no, that one was avoided by the "butthurt so-called fans decide to pretend to be offended and pressure big company to send character to the cornfield with threats of negative press" clause in the rule.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: It has J.J. Abrams' name on it?alienated: jj abrams is in the credits ?damn
Summoner101: You've dragged it out for so long for ratings you've missed all opportunities for ending it with any impact? (House)
LonMead: The series finale that started it all:[media.cleveland.com image 850x850]
swahnhennessy: They blow all of their good storylines and then coast for a couple more seasons on the boxed drama and lazy conflict of character relationships?/won't watch arc-driven TV any more until the series is wrapped and I've got solid assurances that it is worth the time
FirstNationalBastard: [www.quantumleap-alsplace.com image 720x540]
LDM90: And there's the guy I was talking about. What's wrong with just enjoying each episode as it happens and not worrying about the finale? You might miss out on something cool.
Snapper Carr: Someone totally annoying becomes a "fan favorite" character[i.imgur.com image 240x300]Bazinga/My hate for that show burns brighter than a thousand suns because of him.
Frozboz: They're right about LOST. When Locke was killed... ugh. That show had potential, but that episode *felt* wrong.
Shadow Blasko: Chariset: It's produced by Joss Whedon?Buffy was ended beautifully.
LDM90: I think they're trying to cover pretty much every show ever.Also, I'm not sure when it happened (probably around the time OMGSPOILERS became a big thing) but it's all about the ending now and I'm sick of it. People won't bother to watch a show at all if they've heard it has a bad final episode. Lost, BSG, Sopranos... Despite the show being 99% awesome, people won't watch it because they didn't have everything planned out from the beginning or something.It's a really stupid way to watch tv and it almost always leads to disappointment.
Im_Gumby: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7544052/81991770#c81991770" target="_blank">godwin5</a>:</b> <i>Snapper Carr: Someone totally annoying becomes a "fan favorite" character[i.imgur.com image 240x300]Bazinga/My hate for that show burns brighter than a thousand suns because of him.Nope...not even close for the most <strike>"fan favorite"</strike> obnoxious character. That goes to <strike>Steve Urkel on Family Matters</strike> Scrappy farking Do.</i>/Second place goes to Cousin Oliver//get off my lawn.
Madbassist1: Article could have been great if it had included examples. Without them it sucks.
Im_Gumby: /Second place goes to Cousin Oliver//get off my lawn.
Gyrfalcon: You mean all of them?It's a very rare show indeed that wound up all the loose ends, ended on a high note, and made sure there could never be an awful, humiliating spin-off. Either the show just stops because it didn't get renewed--and there was no "series finale" (very common in the 60's and 70's); or there was a series finale and then the fans demanded to know "what happened next" so the network gave it to them and milked a season or two out of some horrible spin-off (After MASH and Joanie loves Chachi spring to mind); or the show was going to be canceled but the fans pulled a "Trekkie" on them and the network grudgingly gave them one more season--that was when we were getting those bizarre "it was all a dream!" and the terrorists-crashed-Alexis's-wedding seasons. We won't even talk about the X-Files "Let's end the series by having a movie" finales.I can't think of more than a handful of shows in the last 50 years that got to have a good solid series finale that ended the show for good and all, tied up all the loose ends, and finished it off in such a way that there could not be a spin-off. "NYPD Blue" is the only one I can think of off the top of my head that wrapped everything and ended it, after some weirdity and fumbling.
IlGreven: swahnhennessy: They blow all of their good storylines and then coast for a couple more seasons on the boxed drama and lazy conflict of character relationships?/won't watch arc-driven TV any more until the series is wrapped and I've got solid assurances that it is worth the timeFlashback: 1999.A comic fan goes up to one of his buddies and says, "Hey! Did you hear about this great new comic series? It's got loads of fights, great comedy, and of course, babes with those two superpowers, if you get what I'm sayin'!""Yeah, I've heard of it", his buddy tells him, "But I think I'll wait for the trade to get into it." ("The trade" = "Trade paperback", which for comics is usually an omnibus of a set number of comics, usually 6-12.)Three issues later, the comic is cancelled due to low sales. The trade? The last product relating to the comic. That is, of course, if it gets released at all.Flash Forward: 2009.A teevee buff goes up to one of his buddies and says, "Hey! Did you hear about this great new show on F*X! It's got loads of fights, great comedy, and of course, HALF-NAKED CHICKS!""Yeah, I've heard of it", his buddy tells him, "But I think I'll wait for the DVD."Three episodes later, the show is cancelled due to low ratings. The DVD? The last product relating to the show. That is, of course, if it gets released at all.And the cycle of life continues...
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