Talkin' 'Bout My Generation: The 10 Biggest Television Fails of the Year
When you think of big time television fails of 2009, your first thought is likely The Jay Leno Show. A year later, Movieline reviews ten more small screen failures -- including the most heartbreaking television cancellations and most horrifying cleavage on Sesame Street -- as we approach the end of the calendar year. Enjoy, and feel free to contribute your own suggestions ahead.
The ninth season of Fox's reality competition juggernaut wasn't just disappointing for judging reasons, but because America crowned Lee DeWyze -- a former paint salesman with Cat Stevens lyrics tattooed on his arm and the word "mediocrity" tattooed on his heart (I haven't seen it but I know it's there) -- as their Idol winner. Sadly, Siobhan Magnus, Didi Benami, and Casey James and Crystal Bowersox -- bad teeth, Type 1 diabetes and all -- would have been more deserving choices.
Despite prayers from fans -- and Twitter campaigns from cast members -- Starz pulled the plug on the beloved-but-barely-watched series after its second season, and an unsatisfying
season series finale. That heartbreaking news came after Lizzy Caplan abandoned a CBS pilot to stay loyal to her on-screen catering crew was only salt in the wound. Though, maybe Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen and Martin Starr have a shot at being cast in Ben Silverman's thinly-veiled rip-off of the series, Party People. Or even better -- maybe Lizzy Caplan will make good on her promise to do a Party Down movie for free. At least one Rob Thomas series should get a happy big screen ending, right?
It may have been a smart business decision for Fox to pull the plug on its freshman series Lonestar -- about a baby-faced Texas con man (James Wolk, available for casting) -- after a few weeks of sadly low ratings. But for the sake of television -- as art, worthwhile entertainment or a medium for original story-telling -- didn't we all deserve a few more weeks of arguably the best drama to debut this fall? Especially when the network hosting said series airs three Gordon Ramsay reality shows? Apparently not. Fox ignored Lone Star creator Kyle Killen's open plea (as well as Movieline's campaign to save our favorite shirtless leading man) and executed Bob Allen. Rest in peace.