With the traditional television season over, my DVR tends to be a l’il bit empty these days, which is part of why I was surprised to find a new episode of ‘Bones’ on it this week.  The other reason for my surprise is a general disbelief that the program is not cancelled yet, given that they’ve exhausted the ‘Will they or won’t they?’ premise, beaten the procedural formula into the ground and gone whole hog on every soap opera cliché imaginable.  There was a time where I actually enjoyed the show, but now I actually sort of wish they’d finally give it the axe and put it out of my misery, leading to today’s admittedly somewhat negative query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was also a little bit amazed to hear that there are still ‘Law & Order’ shows being made, asking: What show, series or title are you most surprised to find is not cancelled yet?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. June 19, 2016 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Power Rangers.

    Don’t get me wrong, on one hand I’m thrilled it is still around even after it was cancelled by Disney and picked right back up by the former showrunner Saban, but the series quality took a sharp turn from what it was like under the later seasons of Saban’s first run and Disney’s time on the show. Now if they could just return to a time of better stories and acting rather than just relying on giant robots and explosions… Granted, it wasn’t the best storytelling on TV, and it was always a bit goofy, but comparing seasons like Time Force, SPD and RPM to the last few years, there is a noticeable difference. To be fair, though, Dino Charge/Super Dino Charge is an improvement over Samurai and Megaforce, so maybe there is still hope.

    • June 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm — Reply

      Honestly, I’m pretty surprised how its held its popularity in U.S. I can see concept work in Japan, where they still make rubber suit Ultraman after several decades but I kinda felt like Hollywood has made American audience demand expensive productions and effects.

  2. Lee Goldberg
    June 19, 2016 at 9:52 pm — Reply

    Supernatural. Never should have gone past Season 5.

    • June 20, 2016 at 8:56 am — Reply

      While I have enjoyed several episodes since then (like “The French Mistake”), I think “Swan Song” was just such a perfect finale that I’ve head-canon’d it all as everything after “Swan Song” being an alternate reality from the one we saw in seasons 1-5.

  3. Marcus
    June 21, 2016 at 5:53 am — Reply

    Supernatural. I haven’t watched the season 11 yet, but it seems like they have the same story every season. One brother is mad at the other for some bull crap reason. You’d think they’d have worked all their issues out by now.

    It still has great episodes from time to time, but it needs to have the plug pulled.

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