NBC (ended 1999)
I certainly don't believe that Jon Seda and Michael Michele Williams had "murdered" HOMICIDE.
Jon Seda had joined at the beginning of Season 6. Quite frankly, I thought that Season 6 was pretty damn good, culminating in Kellerman's departure from the police force and Pemberton's resignation in a VERY memorable episode. I have only see one episode of Season 7, so I cannot judge that particular season. And although I realize that I may be among the few, I rather liked Jon Seda as Paul Falsone. However, Michael Michele Williams as Dectective Shepperd is another matter. I don't know, but she seems out of place on that show.
Let's face it . . . during the seven seasons it was on the air, HOMICIDE barely survived. It had never really enjoyed good ratings. And it was a miracle that NBC did not cancel the show a lot sooner than 1999. I think that the fans should thank their lucky stars that a show with such notorious low ratings managed to stay on the air for seven seasons.
|I must preface my post by saying that I detest the phrase 'jump the shark' on pure principle: I argue that 'Happy Days' didn't TRULY start going downhill until they burned down 'Arnolds'. Ergo, I use the phrase 'burnt down Arnolds' to decibe when a show begins its' downward descent. As a side note (and proof that I watch way too much tv), I also use the phrase 'killed off Lem', a reference to the show 'The Shield', as a way to describe when a tv show does something that makes the people involved in the shows production puff out their chest eager to soak in the critical acclaim, as the fan base of the show becomes angry, no longer wanting to watch the show. 24 also did this when they killed off Palmer, Almeida,Edgar etc. seemingly for shock value, not caring about what fans of the show want. To the group: At what point, what exact episode,did Homicide 'burn down Arnolds'? Did it ever get to the point that they 'killed off Lem'?|
The Terri Stivers character had its importance to the series, but I don't know if she should have been added full-time to the series, because she never really felt like she fit in. Maybe the occasional appearance here or there. The whole "she was outside of Homicide" thing gave her character charm. They could have maybe just had her a regular at the Waterfront.
I have no problem with Teri Stivers as part of the ensemble cast. I rather liked her and thought that the writers could have done more with her character. Instead, the wrters focused more on glamour girl Rene Sheppherd and her conflict with people not taking her seriously, due to her looks. Honestly, I could have done without her.