Returning Fall Shows We Used to Love (But Can’t Anymore)
Sorry, guys, but we're ready to cut the cord (ABC, NBC, Fox, The CW)
Why We Loved It: We loved the idea that an adorable nerd was somehow able to help out spies with the power of his supercharged brain. And the dynamic between Chuck and crush/handler Sarah was charmingly awkward, while Casey provided necessary gruffness. And then there were the non-spy-savvy Morgan, Awesome, and Ellie, who helped ground the show with their real-world humanity.
What Changed: Now everyone's a spy, or at least in the loop on the spy stuff. And Sarah and Chuck have moved from crush to married, taking away all of the possibility for outside romances. Even Casey has been given a softer side with his daughter. And heading into this season, Chuck isn't even the one with the supercharged brain; it's Morgan. Where'd our favorite little nerd herder go?
Can It Be Saved? Considering there are only a handful of episodes left before the show signs off for good, probably not. The only hope is that the series wraps up in a somewhat tolerable way.
Why We Loved It: When this show shot out of the gate, we were hooked by its brightly spun tales with infectious tunes. We were rooting for the underdogs and secretly cheering on Cheerios head coach Sue Sylvester. It was bright and fun and had us proclaiming ourselves Gleeks.
What Changed: The storylines changing wildly from week to week, the characters becoming shrill versions of themselves, too many new cast members being added, and the "lessons of the week" being preached all played a part in the show's downfall.
Can It Be Saved? We say maybe. If the show had one person keeping track of storylines and had a plan for where it would like to go from season to season that was consistent with the characters' previously stated traits, we could buy it. But after watching "The Glee Project" and seeing that the producers just want to cram in even more personalities, instead of focusing on what the show does best (the music), we're doubtful that it will improve.
Why We Loved It: It's always been a procedural, but we were attracted to the show's quirky characters and the easy, banter-filled chemistry between the leads. And the cases were cool, too.
What Changed: They hooked up the leads and turned one of the most beloved characters into a serial killer's assistant. And now Brennan is pregnant? Yeah, it's a mess.
Can It Be Saved? Probably not. The show has lost its mojo. While we still love Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, they both deserve better.
Why We Loved It: It was a fantastic show about two (not unattractive) brothers fighting off monsters that have filled urban legends for years, while trying to find out about their twisted history in the process. And there's sexy Metallicar.
What Changed: Even before creator Eric Kripke stepped down, the show killed off its leads a few too many times. There are only so many times we can see the Winchesters revived or returned from hell before we lose all interest.
Can It Be Saved? We're not sure. Castiel as an all-powerful God might have jumped a shark that can never be un-jumped. Maybe make the previous three or four seasons a dream and start again? That might work.