Breaking up with Gracepoint

Gracepoint (Photo: Mathieu Young/FOX)

Gracepoint had five episodes to draw audiences in, but instead, ended up driving people away with a story arc as steep as the rolling corn fields in Iowa.

Dear Gracepoint,

I don’t know how else to say this other than to just spit it out: it’s over. Sadly, I’m not referring to your run; I’m referring to your spot on my DVR. I wanted things to work, and I tried my best to see the best in you. But it seemed like you were almost trying from the start to be boring. You had so much potential to be a great series: good source material, talented writers1, prime time on a major network, and, last but not least, an amazingly talented cast. It’s baffling how all of these factors were not able to come together to make an interesting and engaging series.

Despite my better judgement, I stayed with you longer than I should have. I kept hoping you’d turn around and surprise me with a well-paced episode. Unfortunately, your pacing only slowed with each episode until you finally started using slow-motion at the most absurd and random times2. This past Thursday’s episode cemented that you’re not going to change and are in fact spiraling downward. I’m so sorry, but I can’t let you drag my free time down with you.

If you ever find yourself recut on YouTube into a one or two hour special, please contact me and let’s catch up. Until then, I’m going to erase you from my DVR and remember with fondness the best part of our relationship – mainly, the excitement I had before your premiere.

Good luck with your future ratings and remember that just because you weren’t for me doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone out there who is going to love you3.

All the best,


P.S. I’ve already warned my friends about you so don’t even think about going fishing in that pond. xoxo

  1. one is even an Oscar nominated screenwriter!  
  2. did we really need to see a suspect walking in and out of the interrogation room in slow-motion? Answer: no, no we did not  
  3. probably someone who thoughts Murder, She Wrote was too fast-paced and convoluted  

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Becca has been writing about film and television since convincing her junior high English teacher that comparing and contrasting the film and stage versions of Romero and Juliet was a good idea for a term research paper. After getting her BA in English and film studies, she doubled down on liberal arts and got an MA in television, radio, and film from Syracuse University. Becca is incredibly proud to be an Aggie and entertains her non-Texan friends with Southern colloquialisms. Her hobbies include watching Golden Girls and her interests include all things zombies - she's simple, not basic. Email: