I enjoy reading all of Entertainment Weekly’s little posts, but today they released an article about TV character who have worn out their welcome. Typically, I tend to agree with their opinion, but for some reason this gallery really got under my skin. I am going to show you their choices and their reasoning, and then I am going to talk about which character I think has worn out their welcome. With almost all of these I was left infuriated and questioning why they didn’t take a different route, so here is my TV character who’ve worn out their welcome.
Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of everyone: “It’s hard to pinpoint a single character to eliminate because the entire series has sunk to an all-time low of irrelevance, and even the musical numbers are fast-forward fodder at this point.”
My Opinion: I was never a big fan of Glee, I never saw the attraction and most of the episodes left me bored. That was until season four, I enjoyed the new cast in Omaha way more than the original class. The additions of Marley, Ryder, Jake and Kitty seemed like fun additions. I also enjoyed seeing Kate Hudson as a take what she wants teacher and Sarah Jessica Parker as a neurotic Vogue editor. Now in season five, there is nothing really left to stay around for. The story lines drag and the best thing would be to get rid of the show instead of lugging it around for one more season.
Entertainment Weekly says get rid of Jeremy and Bonnie: “Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) both died — they just didn’t stay that way. Now they spend their days having awkward sex and sometimes helping; Bonnie’s no longer a witch, and Jeremy’s hunter status stopped being cool last season.”
My opinion: One of my favorite characters from the beginning of this show was Bonnie, I prefer witches to vampires and she always seems to be the one to save the day. I always hear people complain about Bonnie and Jeremy, but I think they have been dealt a bad hands story wise (I mean, Jeremy is supposed to be a Hunter and we rarely even deal with that now). They are being pushed to the back burner for characters like Caroline, who I wish they would kill off. Caroline has always been a jealous and judgmental character who cannot seem to survive without a man (Damon, Matt, Tyler, Klaus, and now a hint of Stefan). If she isn’t being overly peppy, she is sitting in the corner pouting. I think Candice Accola does a great job of playing her, I just cannot stand her character. Especially for this current story of will she or won’t she with Stefan, despite his current state. Although it would be wildly unpopular, it would be adios Caroline for me.
Entertainment Weekly says get rid of Jeremy: “The dashing Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks) started the show as Mindy Lahiri’s (Mindy Kaling) sexy secret, but two seasons, one fat suit and an Adam Pally later, he’s become totally irrelevant. He hasn’t had his own plotline in ages, and while he is nice to look at, would anyone at Shulman and Associates even miss him if he was gone?”
My Opinion: I would miss Jeremy if he was gone! This was another character pushed to the back burner, but with good reason: the introduction of Adam Pally. While Adam Pally has been a great addition to his show, I loved his and Jeremy’s interactions when he first came along. The character that I would give the boot is already leaving Shulman and Associates, or at least has been downgraded to a guest star: Zoe Jarman‘s Betsy. Her character is a little odd and while she helped deliver some funny lines in the first season, she was just extra baggage for the second. It is time for some decluttering, and Betsy has got to go.
Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of Layla: “The idea of Layla (Aubrey Peeples) was interesting: She was the young pop star who rose to fame on a reality show and excelled in doing covers of other people’s songs. It was another layer of the music world we’d yet to discover. But the character simply never found a life of her own. She was annoying when she was popular, and she was even more annoying when her music career failed.”
My Opinion: Let’s get Layla out of here, her character was dreadful when she was first introduced and she never got better. Currently she is only a cover for Luke as he battles with his sexuality, and her time on the screen drags even more than it should. She has a lot of growing up to do in the show, so let’s ship her back home so she can do that.
5. Scandal (Rhimes, ABC)
Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of Cyrus: “Cyrus (Jeff Perry) was essential in Scandal‘s earlier seasons — but now that his monster mantle has been largely assumed by Papa Pope (Joe Morton), there’s not much left for the President’s Chief of Staff to do but huff and puff and monologue the whole Beltway down.”
My opinion: Besides Olivia’s interactions with the President, her interactions with Cyrus are my favorite. I love seeing them battle it out or work together. I agree he was a minor character for season three, but with the death of James I think we can see a new beast emerge from him. If I had to spare any character it would be Quinn. I enjoyed her enough the first two season, but this season they took her story line too far. I didn’t care what happened to her and I didn’t see why I should. Also, her relationship with Puck was so forced. While I wouldn’t want to see anyone leave from Scandal (haven’t you taken enough?), no tears would be shed if Quinn picked up and left.
Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of Charlotte: “Despite two major (possible) Hamptons kill-offs in the season 3 finale, we would have set our sights on another character. Given that Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) is the half sister of just about everyone on the show, an unfortunate end for her would mean fallout for most of the characters — and would also help reinvigorate Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) revengenda.”
My Opinion: I want to go bold with this since Revenge is a “bold” show. Why not say goodbye to Daniel Grayson? Since his turn as a bad guy, I felt like he has struggled to find a strong footing with his character. He doesn’t challenge the show in any way, and no one can top Victoria as the big bad. So do we need him? Daniel can be easily tossed aside and it would be a sweet revenge for Emily after what he took from her. Plus, I would love to see Charlotte and Emily finally team up and take down each target together.
Entertainment Weekly says to get rid of Rick Grimes: “Great zombie series or ennui-riddled Sofia Coppola movie? It was hard to tell for most of season 4 thanks to Rick (Andrew Lincoln), whose dismal plotline and lack of enthusiasm became drags on the show — and his son. Killing him could be the best thing to happen to Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) story. (And maybe Walker Rick would have some charisma!)”
My Opinion: Why does Entertainment Weekly always try to kill off Rick? This is the one that made me scream in outrage. Rick is one of my all time favorite television characters, and maybe I am attached to his character in the comics, but if they killed of Andrew Lincoln I think they would be making a huge mistake. He has so much story left and it is a joke to me that by killing him off it would “be the best thing to happen to Carl’s story”. Rick was a background character the second half of season four to help build up every other character’s arc. I didn’t mind it because I know who Rick is and I am confident that he is the leader that The Walking Dead needs. Plus, we are getting to a point where the “Ricktatorship” has returned full force, and I am ready. The only character I would be willing to give up is Beth. I was so bored by her and a part of me was happy when she was kidnapped and we got to see Daryl on his own. Losing her wouldn’t be the worse thing to happen during the zombie apocalypse.