Should "Damages" Be Cancelled?
Ellen Gray, the television writer for Philly.com thinks so. She makes some interesting points in an article about why the show should end after tonight's finale.
"I want to get to the bottom of this twisted mystery as much as anyone. I'm just not interested in seeing the producers of "Damages" try to top themselves in a second season, something I don't think could be done without snapping the all-too-slender thread that ties the world of legal piranha Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) to reality."
"I also don't want to see Patty, who already trades too much on the air of menace that inevitably attaches to Close, to become a caricature.
Not that I want to put the actress out of work. After what she's done on "Damages" and "The Shield," I'd love to see Close at the helm of a different, limited series every year: She's that good."
Ms. Gray reports some interesting information about how a lot of people watch "Damages" on DVR time shifting and advertisers aren't interested in those viewers because the assumption is they're skipping the commercials. That's a very good assumption.
The problem is, when it comes to the decision to keep it or let it go, those advertisers have to be taken into consideration.
I still say, because of the quality of the show, it should be given a second season. If they had set up the series as a mini-series and aired it that way, I might feel differently, but because I'm now invested, it would be hard to see Patty Hewes go away for good.