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January 13, 2013

VINCENT DAVIS: The lesson of cancelled TV shows

Niagara Gazette — If this were a summer camp ice-breaker activity where everyone had to say an interesting fact about themselves mine would no doubt shock many of you: I have no idea what’s going on in the world of television.

I don’t know who won “America’s Got Talent” and I don’t know what you’re talking about when you name off people who have recently passed on in “The Walking Dead” but you do have my condolences as a lot of people seem pretty broken up about it. “But Vince,” you say, “how can you not be keeping up with the chilling drama that is ‘American Horror Story?’ Do you care about ‘The X-Factor’ at all!?”

Not really. The reason I don’t know what’s going on in the world of popular television is simple — all of my favorite shows are already cancelled.

If I’m to believe “the media,” these are crazy times. International conflicts seem to happen more frequently, our fiscal lives are more “cliff-y” and Andy Rooney hasn’t been on “60 Minutes” in years. Instability is everywhere and in the turbulent torrent of change that is life in the 21st century “will NBC’s “Smash” get cancelled before they resolve all the romantic conflicts?” is not another worry I need added to my plate right now.

I understand the appeal of investing your time in prime time television. There’s the anxious anticipation as you wait a week to see if your favorite characters are going to get out of whatever predicament they were in at the end of the last episode, heated discussions with friends over why your favorite singer/dancer is the best and their favorite singer/dancer totally deserved to get voted off last night, and who can forget Internet fueled speculation on what the real storyline of the show is (I’m looking at you “Lost”, “The Event” and “V”). Everyone likes to look forward to something and a watching a great show and texting your friends about it can be a great time. But honestly all of that waiting, arguing, hoping that quirky heroines will dump that loser and realize that their real love is their best friend, who has been with them the whole time, sounds exhausting.

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