Top 10 TV blunders of 2012
For every great moment on Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead in 2012, there was a colossal misstep occurring someplace else in TV that truly ate us alive. Here are 10 boo-boos that got our blood pumping, listed in no particular order.
Giving Kalinda a husband. It’s with heavy hearts that we criticize The Good Wife — one of, by far, the best dramas on network TV. But even the good guys stumble once in a while: The creators made a dilly of a blunder when they decided to ask the (admittedly, very talented) Marc Warren to play Kalinda’s angry ball-and-chain. There was absolutely nothing redeeming about his character … except his occasional absence. Thank God he’ll be history in the new year.
Fox, ABC and NBC load up on comedies on Tuesdays at 9. We’re all for a sitcom renaissance but you’re telling us there is no place else in primetime to schedule a levity break?
Canceling Terra Nova. Rather than give the sci-fi dino drama a chance to improve creatively in its second season, Fox abandoned the gutsy family drama that was averaging a respectable 2.5 rating in 18-49 and replaced it with … The Mob Doctor?
Liz and Dick. The ratings weren’t that bad, but really, Lifetime — were all those horrifying headlines about Lindsay Lohan’s on (and off-set) behavior really worth the effort? We didn’t think so.
PBS cans Fred Willard. Despite the fact he was only a narrator for Market Warriors, PBS said it didn’t want Willard’s “circumstance to become a distraction” — so they booted the funny man after he was arrested on suspicion of a lewd public act in an adult theater.
Casting Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars: All Stars. Relax, red staters — this wasn’t about her politics. This is about showing respect for the myriad of other talented celebrities from the show’s past that were far more deserving of a spot on the reunion show — not a two-left-footer like Gerty McGrouchy.
Olympic-sized goofs. NBC Sports is right — not all major Olympics event coverage needs to air live. But a Michael Phelps race that’s destined to make worldwide headlines? That one should. There’s no reason why such events can’t air live during the day and then as part of a tape-delayed package in primetime. That way, it can avoid spoilers like this.
Giving Rosie O’Donnell a show on OWN. The only talk show America wants to see on this struggling cable network is one hosted by the namesake. Face it, Oprah — no one wants you to quit.
Moving — and making a hot mess out of — Revenge. Dang, we had such high hopes for this sudser. But ABC got a little too big for its britches after everyone trumpeted the show last season so it made the risky decision to move the show from Wednesday to Sunday, where it has since gasped for air. But the suits shouldn’t shoulder all the blame: The writers inexplicably abandoned those big parties and fun spats between Emily and Victoria and took the show into a crazy and complicated direction. No wonder so many people dropped the drama from their season passes.
Firing Ann Curry. Was she the greatest morning show co-anchor ever? No. But she was no Deborah Norville, circa 1990, either. Viewers recognized she didn’t have the chops, but they also knew a nice gal when they saw one — which made her public ouster all the more painful to watch since it was happening right in front of their sleep-filled eyes. Nasty leaks to the press about NBC looking to make a change forced Curry to submit a tearful resignation on the air, which only prompted folks to like her more — and to watch Today less.