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Zen and the Art of Quitting While You’re Ahead

Posted by CJ Cregg on November 21, 2009

Saying goodbye

Mr. Feeny’s post has inspired me to think a bit more about shows that really need to end and shows that should have gone off the air years ago while they were still good.  (I for one, would have canceled the OC after season 2 so it never would become the abomination that it became.)

News that Oprah will be canceling her daytime talk show after the 2011 season despite its popularity is shocking audiences.  Oprah announced on Thursday that she will move into starting her own cable news channel.  Of course, as Gail Collins points out in this hilarious op ed, Americans don’t seem to know when enough is enough.  That’s why there are like 95 seasons of Law and Order.  And why Christmas decorations go up before Halloween.  Collins takes pains to point out the difference between quitting while you’re ahead and ARD (abrupt rogue departure–cough Sarah Palin cough).  Nonetheless, I agree with Collins that Oprah ought to be applauded for her decision to move on and the graceful way in which she announced said decision.

Read more about Oprah’s career and her decision to cancel the show here.

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One Response to “Zen and the Art of Quitting While You’re Ahead”

  1. Mr. Feeny said

    That’s a great column. So many examples. “Mary Tyler Moore” is one of the first ones I thought of when you mentioned shows going out on top. None compares to “Seinfeld,” though, which actually was the number one show after almost a decade and called it quits. (Reminder: the reunion season is wrapping up on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”). And of course, there’s “M*A*S*H,” which technically went out on top since there had never been a higher rated episode of any show than its finale.

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