When it comes to good television, right now the United States seems to have to turn abroad to find it.
We have reached Peak Rebook, a point beyond which we surely cannot possibly go any further.
Which shows could have the potential to take a storyline in a new and fascinating direction, rather than letting it slide into Tropeville?
This network television season, it appears that the big players are in a race to the bottom to see how low you can go in an exploitation of current economic and political conditions.
Viewers have been promised a very dark season for Walt, and it’s clear that Breaking Bad means to follow through in hallmark style.
If the Grey’s creative team does make the decision to terminate the non-traditional parenting relationship between Mark, Callie and Arizona, it represents a tremendous missed opportunity and a loss for queer representation on television.
In an era when the Horatio Alger myth has never seemed more ludicrous, as the gap between rich and poor widens at an exponential rate and class mobility moves firmly in only one direction – down – Secret Millionaire seems, at best, a fairy godmother tale to keep poor people complacent.
US viewers rarely want to engage with the class problems going on in society right now, but they do like to see the rich and famous look bad on television.
Astute viewers may note parallels between the tarnish on the gilded age of Downton Abbey and our own class problems today.