Two TV shows that I have watched since their debuts are going (or already gone) off the air this year. One I will be sad about and one I will be happy about. Let’s get to the good one first.
“The Fosters” premiered on June 3, 2013 on ABC Family (now Freeform). It was created by Peter Paige (Queer as Folk) and Bradley Bredeweg. It concerned an interracial lesbian couple raising 5 kids, one biological and 4 adopted. The white mom (Stefanie) is a cop who works with her ex-husband (Mike). Her wife is a biracial black woman (Lena) who is an administrator at the school that the kids attend.
This is a family that I fell in love with. Callie and her brother Jude first came to the house as foster kids. Brandon is the oldest son, and biological son of Stephanie and Mike. Mariana and Jesus are the adopted twins that came to the house as young kids.
Over the course of 5 seasons, there was a lot that happened to this family. Callie and Jude came with a lot of baggage; and then there was the drama with trying to adopt the kids. Then Brandon and Callie had a forbidden romance. Jesus had a serious brain injury. Mariana had relationship troubles and was juggling multiple guys. Brandon was going to an exclusive music school until he messed it up. Jude came out as gay and had boy troubles too. The adults had their share of issues too: relationship struggles, struggles with careers and aging parents.
There are so many issues that got covered on this show: LGBT issues (gay marriage, gay teens, transsexual rights); public education (charter schools versus public schools); immigration, teen prostitution; the challenges of the foster care system; cheating (in school and relationships), drug addiction, guns at school, and more!
At the end of it all, this was a family that was always there for each other. I am happy that the story is going to continue with Callie and Mariana in the new show coming in 2019 — Good Trouble. And it looks like most of the family is going to be dropping by from time to time. Be sure to catch up with “The Fosters” on Netflix.
Which brings us to the bad — Nashville. Nashville premiered on October 10, 2012. It ran for 4 seasons on ABC; and 2 seasons on CMT. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri.
It was centered on the rivalry between a country superstar (Connie Britton) and a young country-pop upstart (Hayden Panettiere). Plus, there were other characters who were adjacent to them who also worked in or were trying to be in the country music business.
I have to admit I am happy this show is going off. It is a train wreck. And I have been hate-watching it this entire last season. I don’t like any of the storylines. The first 3 seasons of this show were good. The show started to have some issues in Season 4, then it was cancelled by ABC. But it was picked up by CMT — but it was never as good as it was on ABC. Then they went and killed off the Connie Britton character. And it was all downhill from there.
The thing that has kept me watching has been my love of the characters and the music. At the end of the day, it was a soap opera. And they definitely played up those elements in Seasons 2-4. There used to be great original music in each episode too. They even sold soundtracks to the show and made a few concert tours and specials too.
I loved the fact that there was a gay country star portrayed on the series (even if he was only one of the supporting characters). And I loved the dynamic between the 2 main females. Their characters ended up becoming friends over the course of the series. And there were some cute guys on the show too. And wonderful songs and performances. Too bad it didn’t last.
Farewell, and good riddance, Nashville — you over-stayed your welcome!
So, what do you think? Are you going to miss The Fosters and Nashville? Sound off in comments. Thanks for reading.
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