Terry Morrow: 'Homeland' fell short in 2012! There, I said it!

In this publicity photo released by Showtime, actress, Claire Danes, as Carrie Mathison is shown in Episode 10, of 'Homeland.'  Danes was nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding actress in a drama series on Thursday, July 19, 2012, for her role as Carrie Mathison on 'Homeland.' The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/Showtime, Kent Smith)

In this publicity photo released by Showtime, actress, Claire Danes, as Carrie Mathison is shown in Episode 10, of "Homeland." Danes was nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding actress in a drama series on Thursday, July 19, 2012, for her role as Carrie Mathison on "Homeland." The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/Showtime, Kent Smith)

Where did the time go?

Probably sitting in front of your personal viewing device making a bad choice. Yes, you spent a lot of time watching simply bad TV.

Let's look at the worst TV of 2012, shall we?

WORST COMEDY

"Happy Endings"/"New Normal"

ABC's "Happy Endings" — a D-list version of "Friends" — just won't go away. Its obnoxious characters and shallow plots are astounding.

Meanwhile, newcomer "The New Normal" on NBC, about a gay couple and the surrogate carrying their baby, only has one good trait going for it — scene-stealer Ellen Barkin as a outrageous bigot.

WORST MINI-TREND

Gay sitcoms

CBS introduced one of the worst sitcoms of the season with "Partners," about a straight man and his gay best friend. It was from the creators of "Will & Grace" and borrowed some elements from that iconic comedy. But it didn't take enough and had no original ideas. Here's hoping NBC's "The New Normal" doesn't mean it's "normal" to be tepid.

MOST DISAPPOINTING DRAMA

Carrie (Claire Danes, right) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin)  are on a mission in the Middle East in the season opener of "Homeland," debuting Sunday night.

Copyright: Showtime 2012

Carrie (Claire Danes, right) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) are on a mission in the Middle East in the season opener of "Homeland," debuting Sunday night.

Homeland/Dexter

OK. I'll say what you are thinking. "Homeland" season one was brilliant. In the second season, it used all up its cleverness and left us with an over-the-top performance from Claire Danes. A repetitive "Dexter" has gone to the well far too many times, and the end can't come soon enough.

WORST DAYTIME

Katie

Wasn't Katie Couric supposed to be the warm-and-fuzzy one during her "Today" tenure? If so, those days are behind her now. She's cold and shrill in her hour-long weekday talk show, indulging in hard news with awkwardness and often fawning celebrity interviews.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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Comments » 2

iamapotatohead writes:

Homeland was good Season 1. Season 2, it made Carrie a sex/man crazed woman. Boring.

TerryM writes:

in response to iamapotatohead:

Homeland was good Season 1. Season 2, it made Carrie a sex/man crazed woman. Boring.

Well said!

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