Beware: It happened again, and this time it took down Nip/Tuck.

The X-Files Effect ( my own term ) has occurred again.

What show has followed down the same beaten path of so many other fads? Why Nip / Tuck of course. Now, as readers know, I watch Nip / Tuck every week ever since the first season. I was a HUGE fan and a big mouth piece for the show. I even annointed FX, with its lineup of Nip/Tuck, The Shield, and Rescue Me, the best channel on TV.

But now? Nip/Tuck is a cheap, gross, and frankly, boring Soap Opera wannabe. Even sports columnist Jason Whitlock has turned on the show:

4. The Philadelphia Eagles remind me of the TV show “Nip/Tuck,” which I now call “Nip/Sucks.”

Donovan McNabb is Dr. Troy. He had the world by the tail until The Carver (Terrell Owens) raped him and then framed him for a series of crimes. I was initially intrigued by the Carver story line, but I now just want it to be over.

Philly’s season — just like Season 3 of “Nip/Sucks” — began with tons of promise. Now you spend every Tuesday evening wondering how things got so bad and so pointless this quickly. You TiVo the games/show just to see if things can get any worse.

Bringing back The Carver and wrapping up that story line won’t fix “Nip/Sucks.” Dr. Troy has been ruined. You’ll never live vicariously through him again.

This is, of course, part of the circle of death for anything that the public falls in love and exactly with and exactly what I talk about in the link above. First the public thinks it’s missing the ‘next big thing’, falls in love with it, grows tired of it, makes it the butt of jokes, then moves onto the next big thing.

Honestly, I FF’ed through the last two episodes of the show. All the way to the 3rd arrow on Tivo’s FF’ing ability….that’s pretty fast…

One can only hope the new season of The Shield doesn’t get the same fate. And I am not going to even talk about the possible let down after the UNREAL cliffhanger from Rescue Me’s 2nd season finale.

Eh….Where have all the good shows gone? Oh, except for ‘How I Met Your Mother’. Doogie Howser is having a Piven-like comeback to his career and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously, tivo that show.