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?
"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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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