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Scott D. Pierce: What TV can give a critic for Christmas

Published December 23, 2013 5:04 pm

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Here's my TV Christmas wish list — presents I'd love to see programmers give us in the coming months.

OK, presents I'd love to get myself. But I'll happily share with the rest of you!

• More than 10 episodes per season of "Game of Thrones." Too big, too expensive, I know. But it's so much fun to watch.

• No more shows about vampires. The ones we have aren't that great. Stop trying, at least for a while.

• A new "Star Trek" series. How about giving the new Sulu (John Cho) his own ship and his own show?

Hey, I can dream, can't I?

• A better "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." I feel like I'm watching out of some weird sense of obligation and in hope that, eventually, the show will blow me away. Which hasn't happened yet.

• Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) of "Grey's Anatomy" to show up on "Scandal" and discover that her mother (Kate Burton) is the vice president of the United States and her father (Jeff Perry) is the White House chief of staff. And that they hate each other.

Hey, this would not even be close to the least believable thing that's happened on "Scandal."

• A one-year moratorium on serial killers in scripted TV shows. They've been done to death (no pun intended) and have become a writers' crutch.

• A one-year moratorium on singing competitions.

Or, barring that, on falsely advertising that the winners of "American Idol," "The Voice," "The X Factor" and more are going to be big stars. Because that almost never happens.

• A lot more people to start watching "Trophy Wife."


• For the Pac-12 Network to make a deal with DirecTV.


• "Survivor" winner Tyson Apostol to remember that we're friends now.


• My kids to stop comparing me to Homer Simpson. Although there is a certain physical resemblance.

• More shows like "The Good Wife" — shows that I'm just dying to know what happens in the next episode.

• Something in Season 2 of "Under the Dome" to make me think I didn't just waste my time watching Season 1. 'Cause I sort of feel that way now.

• About 20 more seasons of "The Big Bang Theory." Actually, for everyone involved in "BBT" to know when it's time to bow out — which I don't believe will be anytime soon.

• One star of one show on The CW who isn't young and gorgeous — just for contrast.

• For "Futurama" to be un-canceled. Again.

• For "Family Guy" to be canceled. Again.

• For "Law & Order" to be uncanceled so that we can see the episode based on the John Swallow case. Now that would be entertaining!

Scott D. Pierce covers television for The Salt Lake Tribune. Email him at spierce@sltrib.com; follow him on Twitter @ScottDPierce.