29 December 2011 12:33 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

To fall in love, as everyone comes to realize sooner or later, is to leave one's self vulnerable to heartbreak. Just as this is true in real life, so can it be true in our daydreams and pastimes. This can even apply, whether reasonably or not, to something as benign and relatively-unimportant as a television series. For why would a typical viewer decide to watch a program if he or she did not care about the people involved, or what they did, or who they did it with? Such emotional investment in a mere television show, however, can be a dangerous thing. Once a particular program gains traction among television enthusiasts, the stakes are raised, the pressure is on, and the show's writers and stars find themselves besieged by the expectations of millions of viewers. Success, it often turns out, can be the worst thing to happen to a program's cast and crew. »

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