What's going on with the TV writers these days? No sooner does Grey's Anatomy's Meredith Grey miraculously survive her plunge into the watery depths that Crossing Jordan's Jordan Cavanaugh finds herself at risk, too. Last night's episode ended with her eying her own head Xray and staring at a major brain tumor.
I do get why prime time dramas are trying to shake things up. It's a nice change from the bad old days when you didn't worry for a second that anything was going to happen to any of the series regulars. I remember watching Bonanza as a child and getting really upset whenever any of my faves was put in danger. My mum would soothe me with the reassurance, "Don't worry, he's a regular."
Problem with the new-fangled strategies of TV writers is that none of us believes the danger for a second. Despite ABC's promise that a Grey's Anatomy regular was going to get knocked off, no one really worried that Ellen Pompeo was going to be out of a gig. And now that online grapevines are so vital and dynamic, giving us the news on every casting change and contract squabble, there's no way we wouldn't already be tipped as to what's going to happen in terms of changes in series lineups.
So, give it up you guys. Stop wasting our time with these we-cant'-raise-the-stakes-any-higher story lines and find something else to write about.