Weak TV of 2016

(CNN)The current embarrassment of riches in quality TV — helping birth annual “best lists” that balloon to 20 or 30 entries — doesn’t erase the fact that there’s still plenty of lousy stuff too, another byproduct of an age of abundance.

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So as a companion to CNN’s recent “best of” roster, here’s a Top 10 list of the worst individual programs and a few wider trends of 2016. In terms of criteria, note that projects were judged more harshly if their creative auspices invited somewhat higher expectations.

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JonBenet Ramsey revisited:
If you need a demonstration of TV’s me-too impulse at its worst, look no further than the deluge of programming intended to reopen this 20-year-old child murder, yielding specials on CBS, NBC’s “Dateline,” A&E, Investigation Discovery and CNN. There was also a new Lifetime movie, “Who Killed JonBenet?,” creepily “narrated” by the dead girl.
Why all the sudden interest? Because “Making a Murderer” and “The Jinx” were hits and media sensations — prompting everyone in TV to join the true-crime trend. As a bonus, like the O.J. Simpson trial, the Ramsey case’s 20th anniversary offered an excuse for various networks to pile on.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/entertainment/worst-tv-of-2016/index.html

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