One thing about TiVo: It prolongs the inevitable. How much longer can I go without watching the two-hour Veronica Mars season finale, which aired two weeks ago? First of all, its a series finale, because the show was canceled (an extinction fact I can barely bring myself to type) by the hit-starved CW network (stands for Cowards! Wastrels!). Its a strangely philosophical question: If its always on TiVo unplayed is it ever really over? Because as soon as I choose to make it through the last case of the most exciting crime-solver to hit detective fiction in years (yes, that includes books), I will be faced with the realization that one of my very favorite shows will be no more.
Over at NBC, they move a ratings-challenged warhorse like Law and Order: Criminal Intent to the USA network, but theres been no reprieve for talented creatorexecutive producer Rob Thomas 3-year-old show, even the reported attempt to shift the series a few years into the future, when his spiky, sexy and engagingly brainy SoCal noir heroine (played by Kristen Bell) would be a Clarice Starlingtype FBI trainee. (She was no lamb, but Veronica was definitely silenced.) So there the finale sits in the Now Playing cache, a beloved Season Pass marquee title that will slowly inch its way down the list as new programs are recorded, like a fading athletes ranking, and do I even want to see that happen? Which means Ill have to watch it soon, and eventually face the final insult, that wretched option Delete Now.
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Before the DVR, a canned show was something a devoted fan could feel suitably apart from, a tragedy caused by the delinquency of others. Now, Ill be doing my own part to end a series by hitting a button, administering the final dose with a decisive click. I know I wont like it.