So Long, Kelli Giddish: We Mourn (a Little, Anyway) the Passing of NBC’s Chase

Tonight, NBC’s Chase was supposed to return. After she was kidnapped to Mexico by a drug lord in the last episode, the network decided to give U.S. Marshal Annie Frost a week off last Wednesday. Only it turned into a Wally Pipp/Lou Gehrig situation when its replacement in the time slot (an extra-long edition of game show Minute to Win It) outperformed it in the ratings.

So last week the shot-in-Dallas show was yanked from the schedule. Five episodes remain unaired, but there’s no telling when or if they’ll show up. We may never get to see Annie and Jimmy give in to the broiling sexual tension between them. Or find out if Luke and Daisy continued to enjoy each other’s company with no strings attached. We won’t get to see the episode that the writers were so obviously building toward, in which Annie is tasked with chasing down her own good-for-nothing father.  And we may never find out why they were filming at the Winspear Opera House that day.

And you know what? I’m OK with that. You probably should be too. It was exciting to have a bona fide, big-time network television program setting its scenes in locations familiar to those of us who live in Dallas. (Heck, last fall we had three such shows.) Now it’s time for a better show to call our city home. Unfortunately, Good Christian Bitches appears to be our best hope.

Until we find out when we’ll next host a primetime network series, look back at our episode recaps to see how Chase presented North Texas — remember the time our region got to play Las Vegas on TV?

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