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(Courtesy photo) | Showtime Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as Nicholas "Nick" Brody in "Homeland."
Scott D. Pierce: A dozen TV shows you can stop watching

By Scott D. Pierce

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Dec 05 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated Dec 06 2013 01:05 pm

Even the most loyal of television viewers can only take so much. Sometimes breaking up isn’t hard to do, it’s easy.

A TV series is not a movie. It’s not a finished product. It’s difficult — pretty much impossible — for every episode to be a gem. And, almost inevitably, the longer a show is on, the harder it is keep the quality up.

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Sometimes that happens quickly. The cracks were showing in "Heroes" before the end of Season 1; it fell apart in Season 2.

Sometimes it takes longer. "How I Met Your Mother" produced eight good, sometimes great, seasons before the current self-indulgent snooze.

(If you want to see how it ends, however, there’s only another dozen episodes to go.)

The only thing harder than creating a good show in the first place is fixing a good show that’s gone bad. That almost never happens.

Here are a few shows that you can drop from your weekly rotation, if you haven’t already.

Revolution » It started off with an interesting concept, but it’s implausible and — quite frankly — a giant bore.

Two and a Half Men » This show didn’t run out of gas because Charlie Sheen was fired, it was running on fumes long before that.

Hot in Cleveland » Love Betty White — love the entire cast — but this is a repetitive, unfunny half-hour.

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Glee » This is a case study in how to take a good show and make it unwatchable — beginning with the atrocious writing.

New Girl » It still has its moments, but getting Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) together has pretty much ruined this once-funny sitcom.

The X Factor » It’s not so much a comment on this show as it is a comment on judge Simon Cowell. After all those years on "American Idol," his act has worn painfully thin.

Grey’s Anatomy » At this point, there’s pretty much nothing that happens on this show that doesn’t feel like something that’s already happened on this show.

True Blood » This used to be hugely fun to watch despite being borderline insane. Now it’s just a mess.

Defiance » Another science-fiction series that launched with a strong premise but faded. Heaven forbid Syfy should actually do a show about outer-space aliens that takes place in outer space.

The Neighbors » This show about fish-out-of-water aliens living in suburban New Jersey always seemed like it had a limited lifespan. And that’s expired.

Homeland » Sort of pains me to say this, but this once-great show has lost a lot of its lustre — in no small part because of an inability to see that the Brody character had outlived his usefulness.

Witches of East End » This series got off to a strong start, but turned into a bore in just a handful of episodes.

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

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