I've been unfair in singling out "Glee" as a show I went from quickly loving to quickly hating in the span of a year, thanks to poor writing in stories that made little sense.
"True Blood," which has its season premiere Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO, is equally deserving of scorn.
I gave up on "Glee" last month after its season finale; I had already given up on "True Blood" at the end of its season last year. When it premieres Sunday, I won't be watching.
I can easily point to the myriad of problems with "True Blood" last season. Too many characters, and thus too many storylines; no direction in terms of the overall plot; too many characters I liked that I quickly became sick of them; and the world's most insipid heroine, Sookie Stackhouse. Honestly, it's hard to pull for a character when she's such a blithering idiot.
How many more times can the writers have her and Bill break up? It's worse than "Grey's Anatomy." Now, she's in a love quadrangle with Bill, Eric and the werewolf Alcide (one of the few good characters introduced last year).
In a way, last season was a shame, because it featured a brilliant, over the top performance by Denis O'Hare as the effete vampire king, Russell Edgington. Russell was a great and fun villain, but not nearly enough to save last season.
All of the characters that I liked in Season 1? I came to detest them in Season 3. Sookie and Bill? Didn't care. Tara? Became shrill and irritating? Sam? Became a total jerk. Lafayette? A character that's fun in small doses, but took up way too much story time. Jason? Still an idiot. And so on.
I'm not sure how much of the fans' disappointment the producers paid attention to, but Season 4 seems like a reboot as the action begins a year later, with Sookie finally returning home from her time with the faeries (how lame was that revelation). Witches have come to town, and as a result, Eric has lost his memory and becomes a nice guy. (Wow, ripping off "Buffy" much with the changes Spike went through?) Sookie is now interest in him, as well as Bill and Alcide.
Meanwhile, Jason continues to lead his tribe of in-bred wolves (even then, Jason may not be the smartest of the bunch); Tara returns, supposedly a changed woman; Andy continues to take vampire blood; and so forth.
When "True Blood" first debuted, I was a big fan. It was a lot of fun and the writing was sharp. Now, it seems lazy and unfocused.
"True Blood" will still draw good numbers, but it's hardly the water cooler show it once was.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Tonight marks the penultimate "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 8 p.m.) as Vince tries to win his job back.
On Saturday, CBS burns off two more episodes of "CHAOS" from 8-10 p.m. You know what's really annoying? That they aren't even bothering to show them in the right order.
On BBC America, there's a new "Outcasts" at 9 p.m. I found the pilot to be very confusing, with far too much backstory not explained. It's followed by "The In-Betweeners" at 11 p.m., one of the funniest shows on TV, and "Come Fly With Me," which isn't.
On Sunday, "Leverage" returns for a new season at 9 p.m. on TNT as the team must climb a mountain to find the body of a climber. It's a little more emotional episode than normal. It's followed by a new "Falling Skies" at 10 p.m., with Steven Weber showing up as a surgeon who could be the key in rescuing the enslaved kids.
It's the series finale for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (USA, 9 p.m.), followed by a new "In Plain Sight" at 10 p.m. Also new at 10 p.m. is "The Glades" on A&E.
On the networks, "The Marriage Ref" returns to NBC at 10 p.m. "Masterpiece: Mystery" (PBS, 9 p.m.) is back with a new series of Poirot adventures.
Finally, "Treme" (HBO, 10 p.m.) follows "True Blood."