My most recent post on Mr. Sunshine (meaning my review of last week’s episode) has sparked quite a conversation. First and foremost, it’s caused quite a discussion between me and CS offline about how Mr. Sunshine could be better. In the comments, though, we’ve somehow spurred a conversation about why Studio 60 failed. Sure, it all started with Mr. Sunshine, but it just grew from there.
So here’s my suggestion for you:
Choose a show — then fix it.
It doesn’t have to be a bad show. Not at all. But most shows have their rough spots. For example, I don’t like that The Big Bang Theory fell into the sitcom cliche trap. Modern Family‘s occasionally leaning on last season’s zingers to make for “new” episodes (Fizzbo, anyone? Clyde?). But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop watching.
Of course, there are others that need legit help. I mean, look at any bubble shows. What can fix No Ordinary Family, so it will stay on the air? Fringe? Or are they hopeless.
My choice? How I Met Your Mother. It’s not that HIMYM is bad, but it’s stuck in one question: Who is the mother? While all the other characters’ stories I’m enjoying (Marshall and Barney are especially standing out this season), Ted is very quickly becoming a flop. Why put him together with anyone? Now that it’s got two more seasons to go, somehow I doubt we’re meeting the mother any time soon.
So my fix? Have him meet her! Have him meet her in a crowded room at a big party. Have him scan the room, eying woman after woman. Not really noting one over another. Heck, have someone go, “Guys, this is Ted!” And then, voiceover:
And, kids, that’s how I met your mother.
Then you can spend the remaining seasons narrowing down the list. Which one of those girls was it? Her? No, rule her out. What about that one? Well, which one?
It shifts the show and gives Ted a little more room to grow without revealing the mother quite yet.
So what do you think? Like the plan? Argue away, or tell me your show and how you’d fix it.