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5 Shows After Dark: How Badly Does Schreiber Want Voight's Hand Off His Shoulder?

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | June 30, 2013 | Comments ()


"Dexter" on Showtime at 9:00pm ET. Eighth season premiere. This is the final season of the show, which is probably a relief to many of you.

"The Killing" on AMC at 9:00pm ET.

"True Blood" on HBO 9:00pm ET. Every time I hear people talk about this show, it's them talking about how close they are to not watching it anymore. And then they watch it again. So, what's your line for giving up on this show? Or any show? If there is a show you were watching that you ditched before it came to a real conclusion, what made you abandon it? If you're going to get specific, use a spoiler warning, but I'm looking for more general things like character assassination, cartoonizing previously complex secondary characters, drama/disaster fatigue, or just flat out boredom as the plot refused to resolve, things like that. I'm always interested to hear what really pushed someone over that line.

"Cooper" on BBCA at 10:00pm ET.

"Ray Donovan" on Showtime at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. A new series starring Liev Schreiber as a Hollywood "fixer" who seems to be a combination of Ari Gold and Olivia Pope. He also has a father with a criminal past, played by Jon Voight.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • dizzylucy

    My red flag for giving up a show is if I leave the room when it's on to do something, and don't bother to rewind to see what I missed. I've yet to do that with True Blood.

  • e jerry powell

    I just stopped watching True Blood once Russell got out of the parking garage. Just changed the channel at the end of the season and never went back. It's amazing how easy it was, too. Just stopped watching. Cold Turkey. Almost the same with Weeds. I watched the first episode and a half to find out who shot Nancy, changed the channel and never looked back.

    I really don't know how I do it, but if I could do the same thing with ex-lovers...

  • Fabius_Maximus

    True Blood sounds like a soap opera. No wonder people are unable to give it up.

  • Mrcreosote

    I've given up on Modern Family because the I can't get through an episode any more. Everything is so broad and telegraphed it's just unwatchable.

    True Blood seems to change writers year to year. Manganiello, who in previous years has been sympathetic has decided to be a dick this season, for no apparent reason. At this point I'm watching for Sookie to get yelled at as much as possible.

  • Meg

    The line for giving up on a show, at least for me, is terribly arbitrary and I almost never know where it is until I've already crossed over it. It's also different for pretty much every show. There is shit that I'll put up with in True Blood that would stop me from even hate watching a better show if it pulled the same stunt. I think it mostly has to do with expectations. I mean True Blood is terrible and I expect it to be terrible, but I also expect it to be absolutely cray cray, blood soaked and half naked. So long as it fulfills the latter half of that agreement I'm pretty okay with it not being any good.

  • blacksred

    The BET Awards came on too. You know for diversity

  • Theron

    Is Liev Schreiber one of the most underrated actors around? Sure seems that way. I feel like he brings style and bravado in all of his roles. Looking forward to watching the premiere of his new show in about an hour.

  • firedmyass

    I watch True Blood for two reasons: Jessica and Lafayette.

    Although I have seen more than enough of Lilith's clotted merkin. That shit look like a open-faced sloppy joe.

  • rd

    ...Love Leiv...did you know that he adapted the screenplay and directed "Everything is Illuminated"

  • Christian

    True blood is just a fun show to watch, crazy stuff happens that you never would guess

  • John W

    Jon: Kid just remember one thing I was nominated for four Academy awards and won one.
    Liev: Weren't you nominated for four Razzies too? In one year?
    Jon: Shut up.

    As long as Debra Ann Woll is on TB I'll keep watching it.

    Did you mean Copper?

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Yes. And my personal policy with these things is if it's not factually incorrect or otherwise completely unclear, I'll leave it there to shame myself and validate the commenters who catch these things.

  • John W

    Just making sure it wasn't another good show. I always lose track of what's new on BBCA.

  • Buellie413

    I gave up on True Blood after last season. 1-3 were super fun, season 4 was tedious, season 5 I watched only because I started it and hey, at least Manganiello is crazy hot. And now I'm done.

  • sanity fair

    I just can't give it up, personally. Cuz Skarsgard and Manganiello shirtless. And I haven't watched season 5 yet, but they added Chris Meloni, who I assume will also be shirtless at some point(s) as well.

    Plus so much crazy, over-the-top, bloody, mindless fun.

  • nachosanchez

    True Blood is essentially a drinking game. You watch to see the scenario the characters have put themselves in, consider what a rational person with a functioning brain would do, and drink every time they do the opposite. You'll be dead by the end of your first episode.

  • Candee

    Eh. I mainly watch True Blood as a non-thinking type of show. When I want my brains to dribble out my ears. The same reason why I watch movies like Crank(ed? I can't even remember the title) and Shoot 'Em Up.

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