Every year, the major networks thrust a few dozen shows our way all at once, coinciding with the “fresh start” of September. Every year, they work to sell us a new bill of goods, and yet every year, every single executive, producer, writer, and actor knows that the bulk of shows will fail. Still, like script-carrying minnows against the tide of the public taste, they try the same material over and over again. The tropes emerge, and they do not fade away.
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