In January of this year, I blogged about the first half of the first season of the CW’s mysterious new series Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin sisters Bridget Kelly and Siobhan Martin. I not only blogged about it not once, but twice — once on Tele-Tuesday and again a bit later on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday.
Even after the first half of the season, I felt that Ringer was one of the best new shows added to the 2011-2012 TV schedule. Recently, I watched the second half of the season in marathon style. The season finale aired just a few weeks ago and now the news is circling that Ringer is one of the CW’s programs “on the bubble.”
How can that be?
I love the CW and DVR most of the network’s series: Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, and Supernatural. So I guess it’s technically a shorter list to mention the CW programs that I don’t watch: Hart of Dixie and Nikita.
I’m not going to say one way or another whether or not Hart of Dixie and Nikita deserve to be picked up for a season two and season three respectively because I don’t watch those programs. I will say, however, that the revamped 90210 has nothing on the original and I’m shocked that it is still on the air. Yes, I record it; and yes, I watch it (well I fast forward through the entire episode like I do soap operas, and still understand enough to move on to the next week) — but it’s really subpar TV. And then there’s Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl is leaps and bounds better than 90210, but still the most recent seasons are nowhere near as intriguing and twisted as the earlier years (when the kids were in high school).
Over the next few weeks, the CW is introducing two new shows to the schedule: a fictionalized series based on the young and beautiful trying to make it in Hollywood, The L.A. Complex (sounds like another stab at the Melrose Place years); and a reality series based out of a Miami hotel, The Catalina (I shudder to think that this looks like a hotel-style based Jersey Shore).
So I’m back to my original question, how is it possible that Ringer is on the bubble?
It’s been no secret around The Ooo Factor regarding my feeling towards ABC’s new hit, Revenge. Revenge is currently my favorite program of all series airing today and I would be shocked if ABC didn’t renew it, considering the following it has and the ratings.
Ringer and Revenge share many similarities – they’re both mysterious and full of twists and turns; both shows have creative and believable writing in otherwise over-the-top situations; both shows have likeable lead female characters despite their actions (Ringer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar and Revenge’s Emily VanCamp); both shows have good-looking male love interests (Ioan Gruffudd and Kristoffer Polaha from Ringer, and Joshua Bowman and Nick Wechler from Revenge); and most importantly to this mystery lover, both shows actually answer the question “why” and wrap up open storylines cleanly and meticulously.
From my earlier posts featuring Ringer, there were a few specific questions I hoped would be answered in the second half of the season: Why does Siobhan hate her sister so much? When will Andrew discover the truth? How long will Siobhan and Bridget keep up this charade? And what is Mr. Carpenter’s secret?
Each and every one of these questions was answered. That doesn’t happen often, trust me — I watch a LOT of TV. Additionally, the first season was wrapped up very nicely with only the slightest cliff-hanger leaving us wanting more. Perhaps the series was written this way because the staff didn’t know at the time whether or not the show would be picked up for a season two; or maybe this storyline was the plan all along. Regardless, I applaud the writers and creators of Ringer. Really, I do.
But I’m still left wondering how in the world Ringer can be on the bubble when Revenge is practically a shoe-in for pick up (it should be, anyway). How can Ringer be on the bubble when it’s, in my opinion anyway, the fourth best show on the network?
I’m completely dumbfounded…
What do you think? Did you watch Ringer? What did you think about all of the outcomes surrounding all of Bridget’s, Siobhan’s, and Andrew’s twists and turns? Is one of your favorite shows this TV season facing a questionable return? I’d love to hear from you!
For those interested, follow @SaveRinger and use the #SaveRinger hashtag on Twitter… spread the word. I’d like to see a season two, especially since the creators have already announced a season two will be all about the consequences…