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Everything Ends

23 September 2013

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Last night, the eight-season run of Dexter came to an end. While it didn’t end in the way I thought it would — and definitely didn’t end the way I would have written it — I thought the series finale was extraordinarily well done. 

We’re at a place in modern television where a lot of great stuff is ending. Breaking Bad only has one episode before it goes to the Land of Wind and Ghosts. Mad Men is staring down the barrel of its final season. Characters we’ve grown to love — or hate — will disappear from the landscape of television for the foreseeable future (but hey, it is Hollywood, so there are always reboots and back-door sequels).

I remember when Battlestar Galactica came to a close, and I was left wondering what Sci-Fi (I don’t think the name change to SyFy had happened yet) would do without its one great show, in my opinion. I’m kind of wondering the same now — not that there aren’t plenty of great shows out there, but how will AMC handle the end of two of its best dramas? What will they put in its place?

SyFy tried to go with Caprica, which I didn’t really dig. I think the mistake they made there was to try and capitalize on a known property when literally any other path was open to them. It’s science fiction. People make that shit up all the time.

I’m not sure what the future holds for TV, but chances are, with the way television has been going lately — new, exciting programs and bold writing choices — it’ll probably be something I’ll watch. TV — mostly cable — has taken over for film in presenting new ideas, interesting characters, and complex storylines. And I’m with that.

So what about you, folks? What would you like to see in the future of TV? What favorite shows of yours are ending?

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