Holder asked the writers of “The Wire” to do at least one more season, or at least an HBO movie, to continue the acclaimed drama.
Now — thanks to a backlog of movies and TV shows in my DVR and Netflix queue — I’ve never tuned into the Baltimore-based series, but apparently Holder’s request was met with applause.
I was already thinking about one especially short-lived show that won my heart about a decade after it first debuted on ABC.
My husband and I bought the entire “Sports Night” series on DVD as a wedding gift to ourselves in October 2008. The “entire season” was a mere eight discs — just 45 episodes.
We began watching in earnest, then gradually fell out of the habit of relaxing with two episodes per night as we realized how quickly we were plowing through the box set. But how could you not? Aaron Sorkin’s brainchild had been dubbed “A Show About a Show About Sports, That Isn’t About Sports At All.”
The characters were smart, funny and flawed — lovable in the way that made you want to kick up your feet in the newsroom with them and banter all hours of the night, or maybe accompany them out for a post-work drink at Anthony’s.
So why don’t any “Talk of the Nation” listeners agree with me?! “Sports Night” sadly failed to gain a mention this week — among those that did were the also short-lived but resounding Nerd Blog fav “Arrested Development” (three seasons), “Pushing Daisies” (a super-cute show with a plot that seemed a little unsustainable) and “Dinosaurs” (really?)
Maybe this is the reason “Sports Night” struggled even more than the fictional sports news show it centered on. With other, perhaps flashier options, too few people paid it much mind.
We’ve started watching the series again, and have just a handful of episodes left. Knowing that there’s an end, that there will be no more Dana-Casey and Natalie-Jeremy bantering has left me to treat the show as I would an especially wonderful book. I’m down to reading mere pages at a time.
But maybe this is the preferred way for a show to go — to quietly end, to leave dedicated viewers wondering what has happened to the characters, hoping their lives and relationships have tidied up in the way we always wanted them to.
I’m trying to remind myself that, just like a beloved book, I can always come back to these episodes — flip to a random point, revisit it for awhile and maybe get a chuckle out of something I missed the first time around.
I’ve got three more episodes to go.
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