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Our New Year’s Resolutions for TV Shows in 2012

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We have suggestions for "Chuck," "Idol," and "Work It" (NBC, Fox, ABC)

We have suggestions for "Chuck," "Idol," and "Work It" (NBC, Fox, ABC)

We offered our New Year's resolutions for shows last year, but most of them didn't pan out. Guess that's the problem with resolutions in general. Here's hoping that more of these shows stick to the suggestions we've carved out for them in the coming year.

10. "Work It": Be Canceled Quickly
"Bosom Buddies" might have been somewhat adorable back in the day, but cross-dressing is a gimmick that should not be revived. This ABC "comedy" looks absolutely atrocious, and we're only hoping that it's so appallingly bad, it swiftly gets removed from the airwaves.

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9. "Chuck": Go Out on a High Note
The show has been a mishmash of mostly terrible plot lines this season, which is not at all what we expected from the final season of this once-great series. So if "Chuck" can find a way in the new year to turn itself around for the few remaining episodes and end with something as exciting and adorkably wonderful as the pilot, we might be inclined to forgive some of the idiotic plots we've been subjected to.

8. "American Idol": Be More Interesting Than "The X Factor"
That shouldn't be too difficult, actually. We were hoping that "X Factor" would be the thing that put "Idol" out of its misery, but that show was fairly terrible. So now we're just hoping that "Idol" can make its mission to be halfway compelling with its contestants... and maybe doesn't let any of them make up their own raps.

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7. "House": More Charlyne Yi
"House" is a shadow of its former self, but we've been surprisingly intrigued by the addition of Park this season. We like her awkward, standoffish performance far better than Taub or Chase. We'd like more of Yi, but we're skeptical about the possible "romance" that's developing between Park and Chase.

6. "Dance Moms": Bring Back Crazy Cathy
This show is terrible and yet we can't look away from it. But what made the first season compellingly awful was the inclusion of Abby Lee's "nemesis," Cathy. That woman was self-centered and delusional in a way that you just don't see every day, but the posters for the forthcoming Season 2 don't have Cathy in them. A brief check-in with Candy Apples is definitely a must.

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5. "The Walking Dead": Get Off the Farm
In the comics, we spent only a brief amount of time on the farm. On the show, we've been stuck there for half a season. We're tired of all those people and the limited zombie action. We hope that they find a way to get Rick and his pals back out on their quest and in the midst of more herds of zombies.

4. "The Amazing Race": Be More Original
We've gotten to the point of the race where we've seen all of the challenges at least once, if not multiple times. Hell, they rode bikes three times this season alone. We'd like to see some outside-the-box challenges (i.e., more bunny racing, less indoor bungee jumping) or some bizarre destinations or some more diverse personalities.

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3. "Once Upon a Time": Spend More Money on Special Effects
The show is a fanciful fairy tale, but its special effects are fairly preposterous. If the show is going for fantasy, they should make an effort to beef up the look of the magical world so it at least looks seamless and we don't laugh out loud when we see the trolls.

2. "Community": Come Back... However Possible
Some of the fate of this show rests on the programming staff at NBC and the lack of viewers, but the series could take advantage of its forced hiatus to somehow find a way back on the airwaves, be it via fan letter-writing campaigns or personal pleas to the powers that be, or even going door-to-door showing everyone the brilliant "Glee" parody. Whatever it takes.

Watch "Community's" brilliant "Glee" parody in full right here:

1. "Survivor": No More Hantzes
We know that Jeff Probst thinks it's a genius idea to have a whole season where Russell and Brandon Hantz face off against each other, but the mere thought gives us hives. Let's put a stop to this nonsense before it becomes an actuality. There's not a single good thing that can come from that season.

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