TWiTV: One Tree Hill Series Finale, Gossip Girl & Bones Return plus Long-Running TV Series
This week in TV, on Monday, Gossip Girl returns on The CW, Bones makes its midseason return to FOX and House is all new as it moves to 9pm. On Tuesday, Dance Moms has its season finale on Lifetime followed by the series premiere of Dance Moms Miami. On Wednesday, Happy Endings has its season finale on ABC then on Thursday, don't miss the premiere of the new Shonda Rhimes drama, Scandal. On Sunday April 9th, don't miss Showtime premieres Nurse Jackie, The Big C and The Borgias. Plus, in honor of One Tree Hill's series finale this week, Kendra and Rachel talk about some other long-running TV series including Smallville, Friends, Beverly Hills 90210, ER, Law & Order, South Park and more.
Transcript: Hi - this is Rachel - and this is Kendra - and you're watching This Week in TV. Today we bring the week's scheduling and then in honor of the One Tree Hill series finale we'll be discussing other long running TV series. Kendra, what's on?
K: On Monday, Bones makes its midseason return to FOX at 8pm and House is all new as it moves to 9pm. On The CW, don't miss Gossip Girl's return at 8pm after a brief hiatus. On Tuesday, Dance Moms has its season finale at 9pm on Lifetime followed by the series premiere of Dance Moms Miami at 10. On Wednesday, Happy Endings has its season finale on ABC at 9:30, then on NBC, Betty White's Off Their Rockers has its official premiere at 8pm followed by the series premiere of new comedy Best Friends Forever. Also, very importantly, One Tree Hill has its 2-hour series finale on The CW starting at 8pm. So, that's the beginning of the week, what else is new, Rachel?
R: On Thursday we have the premiere of the new Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal on ABC at 10, taking the Private Practice slot. Then on Friday Kitchen Nightmares is having its finale on FOX, but The Finder is returning. Also it's the premiere of Magic City on Starz - a new drama about a Miami hotel in the 60s. On Sunday April 9th we have a few Showtime premieres: Nurse Jackie, The Big C and The Borgias as well as the debut of The Client List series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt on Lifetime.
R: It's the One Tree Hill series finale this week and I know many people joke that this show has been on FOREVER. While 9 years is a long time, there are quite a few shows that aired for even LONGER than 9 seasons. Some are even still running! So, here's some of TV's longest running series and why we think they've had staying power. Kendra?
K: First up we have crime shows including Law & Order which ran for 20 seasons, Law & Order SVU which is on its 13th season, and CSI on its 12th season. It's pretty easy to keep crime procedurals going as the shows are focused almost entirely on the weekly cases so it's easy to miss a few episodes, or even seasons, and just jump in. What other show genre finds a way to keep on truckin, Rachel?
R: Well, my first pick is the teen/twentysomething genre. This encompasses comedies - like Friends which ran for 10 seasons AND dramas - like the original Beverly Hills 90210 AND Smallville - both of which also ran for 10 seasons. I think these lasted a long time not only because all 3 of these series generated beloved fanbases, but also because they all started when the castmembers were reasonably young - so it was almost as if we watched the actors grow up both in the show and real life, which leaves a lot of room for storylines.
K: Well, Rachel, in addition to your teen/twentysomething picks, the medical drama is a great genre to run a long time. Like crime shows, this is a lot because they're so focused on the weekly cases, but also because shows like ER, which ran for 15 seasons, can gradually change the entire cast, and as long as they do a good job casting new people, with the solid base of the hospital as a main character and intriguing medical cases, they can keep us hooked with no problem. A show very much following in ER's footsteps is Grey's Anatomy now in its 8th season with rumors of an upcoming early renewal. What genre are we missing so far that's easily long-running, Rachel?
R: That would be cartoons, Kendra! When you don't have an aging cast to worry about - cartoons can pretty much last forever - as long as the creators don't run out of ideas. The Simpsons is in its 23rd Season, South Park is in its 16th and King of the Hill lasted a healthy 13 seasons.
R: So those are some of TV's longest running series. Tell us your favorites in the comments.
K: That's it for this week, stay tuned to SideReel's YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter for more TV news and buzz!