Flabbergasted. That was my reaction when I learned that ABC cancelled Eli Stone, DirtySexy Money, and Samantha Who. These were 3 shows that I enjoyed watching from the onset, and now they’re history. Yes, I am annoyed. I don’t subscribe to cable so I’m limited to the four major networks. Also, I am choosy as to what I devote my time to watching. With the rate that ABC is going, I may end up not watching any TV. Aside from several seasons of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, I don’t care to watch reality shows…they’re not even “real” to begin with. I don’t understand why ABC isn’t giving their dramas and comedies enough of a chance.
Another show on their network with a short lifespan was a drama called October Road. Of course, they cancelled that without airing a series finale. Out of the shows that I’ve listed in this article, only Eli Stone’s finale came to some kind of conclusion. Dirty SexyMoney still left matters hanging in the air. I was waiting for more to happen with Samantha Who. So much for spending time watching their shows…anything that seems to be worth watching will come to a quick end.
What ABC (and anybody else who shares the same mindset) may not realize is that they’re insulting people’s intelligence by only airing reality shows. Dramas like EliStone challenge people to think about issues that can affect their life. The viewers can reflect upon what they would do if they were in that particular situation. Even a comedy like Samantha Who can allow viewers to laugh off the stress and ponder the situations that they relate to in their lives. With reality shows, there is nothing to think about. Some people may find it funny to watch others make fools out of themselves on TV, but usually people can find examples of foolishness in real life.
Part of what makes a show worthwhile is its ability to enable its viewers to care about the characters. Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money, Samantha Who, and October Road all had characters that viewers cared about. Maybe not all the characters made a favorable impression, but there were some that viewers cared enough about to tune in each week. Reality shows in general do not have that same effect.
Just because I wrote about ABC doesn’t mean the other networks are not at fault. I just chose to concentrate on ABC because the majority of the shows that I previously watched aired on their network. From now on I will be less committed to watching a show on ABC. There is no point getting hooked on something only to be disappointed at the end.