Loser: 'True Blood'
For a while, fans actually were fairly happy with the sixth season of "True Blood," with some hailing it as a return-to-form after a dismal fifth season. Even I praised new showrunner Brian Buckner for his Comic-Con comments about tightening the show's focus and bringing the show back to its core characters and core locations. That was before the finale that dispatched with the season's major new character -- If you considered Warlow "major" or "a character" -- with an almost unimaginable paucity of imagination and then conveniently leaped forward to set up a seventh season that already feels convoluted. Ugh. Talk about souring those good feelings. And then there were the ratings, which are creeping downward even as the trend with long-running cable dramas is consistent growth -- look at "Dexter" and "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad." The finale drew only 4.12 million live viewers, the lowest since Season 1 and didn't generate much enthusiasm going forward.