Continuing the 30 Day TV Meme.
This one is giving me pause. I'd say Fringe, but it's already over (even though I haven't seen the all of the final season so DON'T TELL THE GOOD STUFF!) I wish more people had watched Being Human UK and The Hour, but they've already been cancelled. It's possible I've gotten to the point where I don't allow myself to get very invested in a show because I'm tired of losing them before they come to a natural conclusion.
I'm going to give three examples of shows that should be getting more chatter, but I sure haven't seen it.
1.) The Following - What if Hannibal Lechter had had Internet groupies and he continued his manipulation and murder through them? That's pretty much the premise here, with Kevin Bacon playing the Broken Former FBI Agent to James Purefoy's Brilliant Serial Killer. There's serious talent here and the story moves fast. Three of the main characters from the first episode were already dead or gone by the end of the second episode. Added bonus: boy kissing! Are there fan sites for this show? There should be. It's 20 gallons of crazy in a 10 gallon bucket.
2.) The Americans - Soviet agents posing as a married couple have been embedded in The States for so long they pretty much are married and they have two kids. Set in the 80's, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys follow orders and go on missions under the constant fear that they will be discovered. They worry that their kids will discover the truth and they've decided to keep their son and daughter away from the espionage so they can live their own lives. Thankfully, the audience has been spared much of the bad 80's hair and clothes and the music is pretty good. Added bonus: Russell is actually hardcore KGB and the leader of their cell, and she's an ass-kicker. Where are all the articles about how we never knew Keri Russell could be so menacing?
3.) Continuum - In 70 years, all government has collapsed and corporations run the world. Terrorists trying to bring down the corporations are sentenced to death, but manage to escape into the past before they're executed, because, science. Also sucked into the past is a future cop who was guarding them. She's got to stop the baddies from changing the future. Okay, I know this is a Canadian show and the second season is being broadcast there in May so its not like its dying on the vine. But there are so many interesting points this show brings up about society and relinquishing human rights in exchange for a sense of safety and full belly. I don't think American viewers are grooving on it and given the current climate, this show is the perfect jumping off point for debate about the price of freedom.
I wish more people were watching those shows because they have potential and I want to see where they'll go.