10 New Year's Resolutions for TV Networks

To keep viewers loyal and avoid ratings woes, TV programmers ought to make us these 10 promises.

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Admit it: As loyal a TV fan as you are, there were moments in 2012 where you felt like flinging a brick at your flatscreen in frustration. Favorite shows and actors went off the air or ended their seasons too soon, and networks tried to sell you shows and stars and movies you'd rather not watch.

Behind all these irritants were decisions by network and cable executives meant to draw viewers and improve ratings, but which often backfired and did the opposite.

If your favorite channels want to make amends and do better in the coming year, they should adopt Celebuzz's list of 10 New Year's Resolutions for TV Networks, which they can read in handy gallery form at the top of this article. For instance, we all spent a lot of time in 2012 immersed in the backstage dramas among high-profile celebrity judges on talent competitions like NBC's The Voice and Fox's  The X-Factor and American Idol, and not enough time on the contestants. We'd like to see the TV networks resolve to put the focus back where it belongs, on the on-stage drama. On the other hand, we didn't spend as much time as we'd like immersed in the scripted dramas we love on cable like AMC's Walking Dead and Showtime's Homeland. We'd like to see the programmers resolve to lengthen the too-brief seasons of those shows.

Read the rest of the list yourself and decide whether those changes would be enough to create a better year of TV viewing for you, or whether you have additional resolutions you'd like to suggest, in the comments below.

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