'Nip/Tuck' says a quiet goodbye

nip-tuck-finale-320.jpgThe series finale of "Nip/Tuck" is Wednesday night. If you haven't been watching FX in the past week, would you have known that?

What was once one of television's most buzzed-about shows is saying goodbye Wednesday (March 3) with little of the fanfare that's accompanying, say, the final season of "Lost," or even the end of "The Shield" on FX in November 2008. So how come?

In part, it's simply a function of age. "Nip/Tuck" has been on the air since 2003, and like most shows that have been around that long, it's lost some of its luster. Take away the sex and the surgery, and the show is essentially a family drama, and shows like that are exceedingly tough to sustain over such a long haul.

The times have also caught up with the show a little. When "Nip/Tuck" hit the air, FX was one of the only ad-supported cable channels making a serious commitment to original series. Today, TNT, USA, TBS and Lifetime are all players in the scripted series game (in addition to premium channels HBO, Showtime and Starz), and that's leaving out the dozens and dozens of unscripted shows all over cable.

So we'll just tip our hat to seven seasons of wild, weird and sometimes wonderful television from Ryan Murphy, Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson and the rest of the "Nip/Tuck" cast and crew. Here's a preview for the finale.



Will you be watching the end of "Nip/Tuck"? If you left the show, will you come back?

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