The NBA has already canceled the first month of its season, and it is entirely possible that more cancellations are forthcoming. The league’s labor dispute has been the subject of a great deal of writing this summer, even in the print version of this newspaper. That article was well written and thought provoking, but unfortunately quite wrong.
Network television is a self-cannibalizing entity. There is an almost uniform practice of airing 22-24 episodes of a show every year, regardless of how many good episodes the show’s structure can maintain. Being on a network inevitably hurts the quality of serialized dramas. It’s reasonable to argue that The Good Wife was just as good as Mad Men last year. It had just as many strong character moments and just as much satisfying plotting. It is a well-scripted and well-acted show. But Good Wife’s presence on network TV spreads the plot thinner and stretches out the time between its poignant moments. Entire episodes feel like a waste of time. It is just way harder to maintain a consistent level of quality over 23 episodes than it is over 13.
Hurry NBC! Get him before the next World of Warcraft expansion comes out!
He’s got my vote. Francis 2012!
P.S. The shakeweight sequence is not to be missed.