All of which brings me around to the issue of narrative payoff and the commitments that viewers make in terms of time. One of the biggest issues recently bandied about by TV fans is the lack of payoff that one gets when you commit to show such as Lost... a show that seems to many audiences to be about deferred gratification. I don't watch it and part of the reason for that has to do with the fact that the last thing I need to make is another commitment with no payoff of any sort. As one pal of mine states, "Nothing sucks worse than watching a TV show only to know it will be canceled." I agree. I hate the fact that I loved so many shows that ended with loose ends.
So, if I believe that Andy Barker, PI will get canceled should I even bother? If I do, will I get invested and be left with wanting at least 13 more episodes? Or do I stay away and be part of the self-fulfilling prophecy of its doom (like it matters, I aint no Nielsen family)?
Heck, I think I will just watch all the online episodes and leave it at that.
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