Dumbed-Down Abbey: Mysterious Character Reboots for Season 4

In great peril from my family and friends, I write the following on a beloved, quality show… To jump-the-shark is a term coined from the infamous Happy Days episode when the series started heading south. There aren’t many sharks, leather jackets or jukeboxes on the moors, but Downton Abbey could use an Inspiration Point. Granted, Season Four is only a couple episodes old (here in the States), but a passenger can still not like the way that iceberg looks looming in the distance. In sit-coms, characters are two dimensional more than three. You don’t expect Norm in Cheers  to suddenly weep into his beer because he misses his invisible wife, Vera. Fonzie can’t become a feminist, even if he is on water skis over shark tanks.. Modern Family‘s Phil doesn’t turn into a thoughtful, sullen guy.  The last thing we want in a sit-com is for characters to change much…. Read More…