It’s nothing new, but I’m really getting tired of TV characters getting involved with other series regulars. It worked okay on Cheers because Diane and Sam were introduced as a will they or won’t they couple. But it didn’t work as well with Rebecca and Sam later, because it seemed forced. Similarly, with Friends, Ross and Rachel worked because it was introduced at the beginning, but then they made a mess of things with Rachel and Joey. I was initially against Monica and Chandler too, but somehow that ended up working out – that’s the exception, though.
The latest offenders are Studio 60 and Battlestar Galactica. On Studio 60, Amanda Peet’s pregnancy may have forced a storyline not previously expected, but they didn’t have to hook up Danny and Jordan. Why not find somebody new for Jordan? And on Galactica, the tension between Kara and Lee has been around from the beginning, but I felt like we had gotten past that by now. The recent episode with the boxing devolving into hugging was the worst of the 3 seasons of the new Battlestar Galactica.
We know Aaron Sorkin can write interesting characters – why not a new interesting character for Jordan’s helper through her pregnancy? And Kara already had an interesting character for a husband on Galactica and the marital problems resulting from the Cylon deception were believable without some bizarre infidelity backstory.
TV writers need to not be fearful of bringing in new characters as potential love interests for our main characters. After all, that’s what happens in real life. And like in real life, if the characters don’t work out together, ditch the love interest and examine what happens to the main characters when their SOs are gone. If their SOs are other main characters, you end up stuck with stale relationship for the duration of the series.