How about movies? Bewitched? Batman? ... come on!
You know what used to separate the U.S. from the rest of the world was its ability to innovate and take risks. Innovation entices people, not reruns.
I also feel that if we don't stop piddling around and start doing research in new areas such as stem cell research, cloning, etc. we'll be left behind in another area or two. If we don't do it, someone else will.
Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky.