I watch television from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and just starting on a show from Sweden. Anyway in the early 2000’s I used to watch Casualty when it was on BBC America. Let me just say that it made it hard to watch E. R. after that. I had seen Casualty or Holby city which is it’s spin-off in years. About a couple of years ago I started catching on episodes. I got back into Holby City after Abra/Kyla story, but then stopped watching, because I had no way to see eps. Then I got into it again about the second year with Guy Henry as Henrik Hansson. I got caught up with the season and then I went back and watched when he was first introduced to the series. Later I went and watched the first seasons with Meyer.
Then I started watching Wild at Heart on Netflix all the way to end. So sad that the show had to be cancelled. It was a great family show. I also watched Merlin, Outcasts (which was short lived and reminded me of Earth 2 and Terra Nova (which reminded me of Outcasts, but with dinosaurs. LOL). Of course I’ve been watching Downton Abby, Call the Midwife, Doc Martin, Doctor Who on PBS. I’ve watched shows from Australia such as MCcloeud’s Daughters, Sea Patrol (Anyone remember when Disney brought over shows from Australia, the U. K. before they started making the hot mess shows they have now? I do. LOL they seriously need to stop making their own shows and go back to importing. LOL) As well as kids shows like H20 and it’s spin-off Makko Island, Elephant Princess etc. I do have to say these countries tend to treat shows geared towards kids better than here. Not all mind you, but the fact that adults can get hooked into a show like Being Eve, The Tribe (New Zealand), Australia Ocean Girl, Thunderstone, H20 etc. tells you we need to do better.
Watching Holby City and Casualty I was excited about Monday Mornings. That is until I watched the pilot. Immediately we are subjected to obscene number of music (score), a set that looks huge and cold and extremely bright and washed out looking, silly things like nurses and staff clapping because a doctor fixed a nureological problem that was affecting a woman’s use of her arms, intense drama on the point of being silly, need I say it felt like they were on some futuristic sci-fi set. Before this I tried to watch Three Rivers and a few other hospital dramas and was reminded why I just don’t watch medical dramas in the U. S. Way too much melodrama. I’m serious! Watch and episode of Casualty and Holby City, then watch an episode of Grays Anatomy. Casualty, Holby City is made in a way that can stand on it’s on when actor’s leave. It’s not only about a main character who if leaves kills the show. And it focuses mainly on the patients though we do see the issues of the main cast. And get this Casualty has like 40 something od episodes and Holby City is literally 52 episodes a year of course they are able to have about 57-59 minute eps, because it’s on the BBC, but still. The U. S. networks could learn a thing or two. 1.) Kill the damn music. We don’t need it so much and really it makes these shows seem silly. I almost wanted to scream watching these shows which had high drama and high music every 2 minutes. Talk about grating. When did TV shows in this country, become a concert.
For many dramas we tend to have people hate each other until the end of the season. People still gnawing on ish that happened at the beginning of the season or at the beginning of the series. Now, I know folks can hold a grudge, but seriously. Please watch shows like McCloued’s daughters, Wild at Heart to see some progression between characters even when they don’t start out liking each other nor like each other at all end up becoming friends or at least tolerate each other. Not still gnawing on mess from the first episodes. It doesn’t always have to be like some damn high drama melodramtic soap opera. I remember watching the show Blue Water high from Australia and watching a show similar in the U. S. Wow, how dramatic and boring that show was compared to Blue Water high. Notice I don’t have the name here. That’s how boring the show was. I didn’t even try to look up the name, because I don’t remember it.
Merlin, Sea Patrol, Wild at Heart, Primeval. What do these things have in common. They had a new story each year. Merlin had an over reaching arch, but didn’t kill with it. Too many shows have these huge grandouse storylines which lose viewers after a while. I’ve seen maybe a few shows do this successfully here. Once, Lost, Fringe ( yes it went into more into camp ville, but not silly just in a different direction. That’s another thing. Shows don’t have to go on for years and years. They can have storylines that you know actually have an end date. LOL.) You could still get in even if you’d never seen the show before and maybe even interest a viewer to go and watch from the beginning.
Hell I’ve watched Fringe out of order and never felt lost. When Fringe was back on Netflix I qued that sucker and watched all four seasons and then when the last season came on I watched that.
Though I do like Chicago PD, Southland(which is was like Adam 12, but for today’s audience) of course Sleepy Hollow. Man I miss Fringe. These shows could get you hooked in knew how to be self contained enough why having a storyline yet not over doing it.