Monday, September 13, 2010
I read an interesting article about PRIME SUSPECT in the NYT last week that compared the first four years of the show, written by Lynda LaPlante, to the last two-done by other writers.
Helen Mirren can make any script zing, but the last series, especially Six, was not among the best.
And the Morse episodes based on "ideas" by Colin Dexter rather than his novels were far from the finest ones.
Is there any TV show that defies this downward slide? What TV show, or even series of books, grew stronger over time?
I'm going to suggest that Dexter had its best season at number four. I also think The Closer has not lost any ground (until last week's episode). This season's arc of inter-departmental tension over a promotion has been very good in big and little ways.