I've been missing writing about entertainment, so I found this unpublished post and thought I would share it with you. Here are five television series I wish had gone on a little -- ok, a lot -- longer:
5. Homefront (ABC, 1991-993) Long before he was the earnest football coach on NBC's Friday Night Lights, Kyle Chandler spent two seasons playing aspiring ball player Jeff Metcalf on this touching –- but never trite -– post-WW II drama. Set in a small Ohio town, this period show’s look at 1940s America won critical success but never scored more than a limited, albeit loyal, following. I couldn’t wait to hear the opening song, ‘40s chart-topper “Accentuate the Positive,” every week. Of the talented young cast, only Chandler and Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) continued with regular TV gigs. It’s still a shame ABC pulled the series.
4. Arrested Development (Fox, 2003-2006): With all the schlock Fox has aired over the years, you’d think having a critically praised, Emmy-winning ensemble comedy –- one narrated by Opie Taylor/Richie Cunningham himself -– would inspire some extra consideration. But in its third season, Arrested Development still couldn’t pull in strong > enough numbers to convince Fox to pony up for another season. No other family will make me laugh as hard as those kooky Bluths, cackling like demented chickens, getting dolled up for Motherboy XXX, or clumsily hitting on their cousins.
3. Everwood (The WB, 2002-2006): Every time I think about the fact that the CW cancelled Everwood when the WB and UPN merged but renewed 7th Heaven for one more season, I have to keep from spontaneously vomiting. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it was the WB’s highest-rated series, but Everwood was so much better. Critics constantly hailed the Colorado-set Everwood as one of the best family dramas on television, and with good reason. My childhood crush on Treat Williams aside (I know he’s 56, but he was smokin’ hot in Hair -- "flow it', show it, long as God can grow it, my Hairrrrrrrr!" ), he and Gregory Smith rocked the complicated father-son dynamics, and the show tackled sensitive issues (sex, cancer, AIDS, abortion, sexual harassment) without being overly preachy. My TV week is just not the same without it.
2. My So-Called Life (ABC, 1994-1995): A small riot broke out in my college-freshman dorm when we found out ABC was canceling this adolescent drama after only one season. But more than a decade later, The N made my dreams come true by re-broadcasting the whole series (only 19 episodes!), allowing me not only to TiVo each episode, but to watch one I had originally missed. Even though Claire Danes might like to think she’s outgrown her performance as the ultimate angst-ridden teen, she’ll always be Angela Chase to die-hard MSCL fans.
1. Freaks and Geeks (NBC 1999-2000): Before he went on to become the Don of the Comedy Mafia, writer-director-producer Judd Apatow created a brilliant comedy centered on Lindsay Weir, a high-schooler in the early ‘80s who decides to shed her brainy mathlete reputation and join the ranks of the pot-smoking, class-ditching “freaks.” It still boggles my mind that viewers flocked to the predictable jokes and heavy-handed laughtrack of That ‘70s Show over this expertly written, often hilarious, and frequently touching treatment of high school life. I take comfort in the fact that Apatow and nearly every teen cast member (Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, John Francis Daly and Martin Starr) have gone on to bigger things.
So, what TV shows make your list of dearly missed?