Question: Thanks for your comments on Fear Itself. I, too, was turned off by the complete lack of hope. I loved Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Visions and even Masters of Horror anthologies because they sometimes allowed that hope prevailed. I bookend this with last summer's TNT horror anthology that also seemed to go for the darker endings. I watched this last episode for Colin Ferguson, and I'll watch this week's for Psych's James Roday and Maggie Wheeler, and then I'm skipping the rest of the run.
Answer: It's not that I have anything against unhappy endings per se, but when I was given the first three episodes of Fear Itself to screen, they all began to seem predictably bleak, and the lack of surprise when things turn out badly for even the occasionally sympathetic character is a cardinal sin with an anthology like this. I'll try to keep an eye on the show for as long as it lasts because I would like to believe in the anthology format, and if the subject matter, director and cast intrigue me, I'll probably give it a shot again, albeit against my better judgment.