I agree that Lisbon has been an indispensable part of the TM story so it's hard to see how or why they would phase her out. What if this happens because it's Robin's choice? What if she asked for more money and deserved it and they wouldn't pay so she said she was walking? (On CSI Jorja Fox walked because they wouldn't up her pay, but later came back when the show needed her to keep up the ratings. That could happen here.) What if she has very good personal or career reasons for wanting out? It's her life and her career and there's no reason she should compromise any of that just because dedicated fans want her to stay? What if the general run of viewers don't care as much as we do and can adapt easily to having Lisbon gone? I'm just saying we have no idea what is going on and could be way off base and Lisbon will continue to be Jane's partner. It's just that the promos haven't shown that, maybe because they thought other things should be emphasized. We'll see what happens on Sunday night.
Comment modified at March 06, 2014 23:40
Let's all calm down and wait to see what is really going on with the show. The cast-dumping thing is a worse cliffhanger than the emerging threat from another possible serial killer they left us with a few weeks ago. Why no promo stuff re that? So is Lisbon really being phased out or do we just assume that because some time has been taken up introducing us to Kim? We haven't seen much of Abbott and I assume he will be a major player, but not seeing him doesn't mean he's being phased out. The promos are all about teasing us with something we haven't expected - something new. Lisbon is not new. Kim and the Airstream are. The promos and PR teasers want us to ask what is going on here??!! so we stick around to find out. Obviously, they have done that big time. As for Cho he has never been featured often in the series - more of a backup character yet he is tremendously effective and essential in that role. Just showing him sitting in the trailer as his usual quietly expressive self is enough to reassure viewers that TM is still going to be TM. We'll see. Can't wait!!!
I watched TheTalk and Simon was entertaining and gorgeous but what he said about TM bothered me. He talked about how "dangerous" it was to end the Red John story after all this time with so many people involved - or words to that effect. I got the impression that the danger was in many of those involved no longer being there. They showed a scene in the Airstream and only Jane, Kim and Cho were there.
If Lisbon is not going to be there, the writers will have a major job ahead of them making it seem OK for her to leave. If they are doing that it is for sure to save money because Robin is probably the highest paid actor after Simon - maybe not much below Simon's $30+ million or whatever big bucks it is. If it was a choice of phasing Lisbon (and RigsPelt) out to cut costs or cancel the show I suppose everyone went with keeping the show going - maybe hoping it will be enough of a hit to start bringing at least Lisbon back. We'll see if she's still there in the story off an on, assuming Simon's use of "dangerous" referred to having to phase out Lisbon. That's a strong word that would not apply to any lesser character or to starting a new story line.
Another impression I got was the visuals they showed that went with the title for opening TM. It showed Jane quite differently from before. Very handsome of course but more clearly thoughtful rather than light hearted and child-like. A bit more serious and adult-like. So I'm wondering if this will be how Simon adjusts his Jane character to be still the same but somewhat changed. A way of showing what and who Jane really is without the angst overlaid with a coverup of child-like lightness. This should all be very interesting and I'm not sure how I will react to it. We'll see. (Just so he doesn't get in bed with Kim! No way do I want to put up with that!)
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