It feels like every day brings news of another major character leaving one of our beloved shows. The recent influx started with Sandra Oh announcing that after 10 seasons, she was ready to say goodbye to Grey’s Anatomy. From there, we’ve had Paul Guilfoyle leaving CSI, Dan Bucatinsky leaving Scandal, Daniel Sharman leaving Teen Wolf, Claire Holt leaving The Originals, Josh Charles leaving The Good Wife, and really recently, even more Grey’s exits, to name a few.
But if television is at its best right now, with actors like Kevin Spacey and Matthew McConaughey joining the ranks of the small screen, then what is up with all the farewells? Was it something TV said?
I highly doubt it, but there’s a little something I’d like to say to TV.
It’s not you. It’s them.
I know that a lot of your most faithful companions have left you lately, but you have to believe me when I tell you that it has nothing to do with what you offer. If I can be blunt with you, you’ve never looked better. You’re constantly offering us new ways to watch some of the highest-quality programming we’ve ever seen. You’ve got award-winning actors who are stepping away from movie theaters if only for the chance to get to know you. You are desired. More importantly, you are loved.
Try to remember that there are many good things happening for you right now. You’ve got exciting new shows that are just starting their journey, such as Gotham, and you have many other actors who have promised to remain true to you (at least for the time being), such as Ellen Pompeo. Those who left you had other reasons. They wanted more family time, or they were ready to say goodbye to their character. It was not about you.
Please, television, keep your chin up. I’m very sorry that you had to endure these breakups. But odds are, because you are so diverse and alluring, they’ll be back in your arms in no time. Time heals all wounds (and/or gives them the chance to come running back).