Friday, August 13, 2010
TV TOPIC: Why "Gossip Girl" & "The Office" Should End?
Think about it. If there's no Serena, who will Dan end up with? Who will Blair turn to in her dramatic times of need? Who will be the blonde and leggy mannequin draped in the latest couture, setting trends so viral they become epidemics? Will we have to turn to Georgina and Jenny to split the responsibilities?
I hope not. I hope Lively's rumored desire to quit, Leighton Meester's budding music career, and Chase Crawford's attempts at reaching Emile-Hirsch-levels of stardom will lead producers to conclude that they had a good run and the finish line is just over the horizon. Dragging plot lines out, throwing seemingly insurmountable obstacles, like pregnancies and shootings, in front of them is just diluting the potency of the drama's appeal.
Don't get me wrong. Settled, domestic, happy Chuck is boring, but his constant inner battle between good and evil is also tiresome. We all know Chuck is evil sprinkled with good tendencies, the way Vanessa is good sprinkled with bad tendencies, so when is he going to just embrace it? When is Blair going to admit that she'll never find a better guy than Chuck? When will Dan finally find a girl he can trust? When will Nate...oh who cares about Nate?
The creators of "Lost" had the right idea. Whether you liked the ending or not, I think we can all agree that we're glad it's over—that the mystery is solved and we know how it all ends. If more series creators were ordered to give a pre-set amount of seasons with a beginning, middle, and end story structure, there'd be less random sublots—Jenny becoming a fashion designer for five seconds, Dan dating two girls simultaneously for one summer, Nate working for his politician uncle—and a lot more gratifying storylines. Think about all the shows that could've went out with a better bang if the creators knew they were ending sooner, like "Ugly Betty" or "Heroes."
I think they should end the series with Dwight and Jim becoming co-managers of Dundler Mifflin, Andy proposing to Erin, Michael having a huge, over-the-top wedding with Holly, and Ryan revealing that he and Kelly already got married in Niagra Falls the same day Jim and Pam did...but she doesn't remember...except she does. Wink. Wink. The End.
I will most certainly miss these shows when they go. They've entertained me more than most TV shows do, but I'm tuning in for a story, and every story has an ending.