15 May 2009

R.I.P. Scrubs

Finally watched the Scrubs series finale on the DVR -- a fine end for a show whose claim to fame was a phenomenally talented gallery of minor characters handling the comedy while the top-billed cast steered the show's considerable dramatic aspect. This season's addition of the Brain Trust (primary membership: The Janitor, The Todd, Ted, and Doug) was particularly inspired comedy. Nice work, folks, and thanks for the memories, especially the three amazing episodes with Brendan Fraser. As a corollary, after spending a week in LA, I'm kind of bummed about missing The Blanks at Largo tomorrow night.

The end of Scrubs, The Shield, and Battlestar Galactica, coupled with my not so-recent abandonment of The Office and Heroes, has left me down to my shortest list of must-see TV in years, and I'm pretty happy about that, as I've got a backlog of TV on DVD to get through (Deadwood, The Wire, Carnivale, Arrested Development, Weeds, Wire in the Blood, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dexter, etc).

My current watch list:

This is actually a pretty telling list, for those TV execs who happen to swing by my blog. (For their info, I'm in their favorite 18-49 year old male demographic.)

Trends of note:
  • Only one show (House) is a standard 22-episode series (which is WAY too long to maintain quality).
  • Only one sitcom (Always Sunny).
  • Only two shows are on major broadcast networks.
  • Four shows (the USA ones) are basically the same sort of whodunit or howcatchem.
I don't watch a single one of these shows live. All on DVR, skipping all commercials save movie/tv previews.

As an addendum, Doctor Who and Torchwood are on quasi-hiatus (and are anagrams), and I don't know if SciFi will air this year's BBC specials in the US. I'm also looking forward to Warehouse 13 and Caprica on SciFi, but I've got no idea if they'll be any good.


dl004d said...

According to yesterday's Hollywood Reporter, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Donald Faison and Neil Flynn have all signed deals to return for six episodes of yet another season.

Stewart Bushman said...

'Twas a good show...let it end gracefully.