If a show is written well, I’m not watching it just for a specific character or couple.
So it doesn’t bother me if they don’t have a lot of lines that episode or aren’t even in it, because the show is done well enough that I’m entertained regardless. I only do the whole “let me know when ___ is on because I don’t feel like watching otherwise” if the show is terrible besides that character or actor or this is the only place i can see the actor. That speaks volumes about the quality of the show….
Examples… I LOVE Grey’s Anatomy. There are so many characters I enjoy watching that it doesn’t bother me if Cristina is missing for a couple of episodes or Calzona isn’t really focused on for a little while or Bailey or Callie are in the background or the Twisted Sisters aren’t interacting and I don’t have any new material for Japril or Jackson in general and Mark is gone.. as long as ALL of this isn’t happening simultaneously. The show is done well.
I LOVE Once Upon A Time… the only episode that had me a little like …. please get these women off of my screen… was the most recent episode and that was because the wolfpack was actually terrible at acting. Other than that, they’ve done a marvelous job at picking the right people for the roles. Charming/David is a little annoying and the kid is getting on my nerves at times (he needs to turn evil soon or something… or just stop being all Lexie Grey with the pestering so i’ll care when things happen to him) but everyone else is doing a bangarang job. So i’m fine when it isn’t all about Regina or Snow or Emma or Rumple but just uses them to move the story along at times.
Scandal is the one i’m starting to worry about because they’re pulling a Glee on me. I’m interested in several characters but they seem to be getting pushed to the background a little too often. I’m noticing a lot of focus on Quinn, Abbey, and the prosecutor. I’m not here for it. I want Olivia, Cyrus, the wife, Fitz, Huck, and Columbus Short aka the Season 1 focal points.
I hate Glee. Glee was an ensemble show and then it became about Rachel Berry and Blaine Anderson. That would be ok if the show was written well and I cared about these characters. But neither is true. Because the craftsmaship of the writing/producing/lighting/editing/song-choice is so terrible, I had to rely on who gave me the best performances… who could sing and make me believe it? Who could dance and make me feel it? Answers: Mercedes, Santana, Mike, and Brittany. So I was watching strictly for Mercedes, Santana, Mike, Brittany… and what eventually became the Trouble Tones, Brittana, and Samcedes (this is basically different combinations of these people or their relationships). Guess who’s not really there anymore?… Mercedes, Santana, and Mike. But even before now, they completely shifted the focus in season 2… that’s when it became Rachel Berry and Destiny’s prom dumpster babies… with the lack of Beyonce-level talent.
I watch Private Practice for one character/couple now that Naomi and Dell are gone… that character is Charlotte King. I tolerate Cooper when he’s in “being a great man for Charlotte and dad for Mason” mode. Sheldon and Amelia are also awesome when they wrestle screen from Addison. Other than that, not really here for this show anymore. It was written well and then it wasn’t. too much whiny women - Addison and Violet - taking the attention away from the ensemble and not even making me interested in them.
Bottom line… if the ensemble is written well and doesn’t become the equivalent of doo-wop for one whiny chick, I’ll most likely continue to love it and won’t be on some immature “THERE WAS NO ____ IN THIS EPISODE. I’M SO DONE!” blah blah blah foolishness because I probably stopped watching the night of a while ago anyway if it got to that point.