Besides the abrupt cancellation later, the sense of disappointment I felt during the second season of ‘Ally McBeal’ still resonates years later. Like many others, I was caught up in the first season buzz starting with a highly favorable review given by the curmudgeonly John Leonard on CBS’s Sunday Morning program and fondly remember the next day office “water-cooler” conversations about the previous night’s episode. But with the beginning of the second season the buzz suddenly died. I would come into work and no one wanted to discuss what happened. They had moved on to other things and I suspect this coincided with reality TV becoming the next big thing.
With ‘Ally’, even with the ongoing sub-plots, each episode would introduce a story that was wrapped up with a definite outcome by the hour’s end. (House is more to my liking because of this) So when my wife got me interested in ‘Desperate Housewives’ last season, every episode I watched led me closer to the belief that viewers were being strung along and it was nothing but a nighttime ‘soap-opera’. As a “virtual” office worker there isn’t anyone to discuss it with anyway so I’ve decided this year to not follow the inhabitants of Wisteria Lane and to go with Mystery, Masterpiece Theater or reading on Sunday nights.