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October 23, 2007

Should "Damages" Be Cancelled?

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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.

Some excerpts:

"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."

She continues:

"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.

Thoughts?  Comments?

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