- Apr 1, 2004Well, the problem is not really the writing, although it is part of
the problem. The real problem is the producers and networks. I don't
mean that as an insult, but a reality.
For instance, Fox took a gamble on "American Idol." It was a copy of a
show that did well in Great Britain called "Pop Idol." Now, it is all
"American Idol" all the time. "Survivor" started in Great Britain, now
it is the cornerstone of CBS.
While I like "CSI: Miami" it is an off shoot of "CSI." The same goes
for "Law & Order." Producers and networks go with what works. When
something is successful, the networks say "Get me a reality show. Get
me a crime show. Get me a lawyer show." It has been this way forever.
Back in the late eighties, remember "Space Rangers?" That came about
because "Star Trek: The Next Generation" was making money. So, get me
some science fiction show. However, few people know how to write good
science fiction. Science fiction, as we know, is for a higher minded
person. We are comfortable with technology, so when we watch Lockwood
do something, he has to be right scientifically. It might be similar
when a policeman following the laws, or a lawyer doing his business in
court. But, while most people know some of the law, fewer know about
A girlfriend of mine made a comment that in "Star Trek: The Voyage
Home" that the director and producers took pride in the intelligence
of their audience by showing the Enterprise with the registry
NCC-1701-A, and not having it specifically mentioned by the actors.
You mentioned "Babylon 5." I really liked that show. It was great. I
liked the writing, and the way the characters had backgrounds and
foibles. I think that J. Michael Staczinsky is a great writer.
Again, however, people have screwed up. For some reason J. Michael
Straczinsky left "Jeremiah." Why would producers do things to drive
someone as creative as him?
"Beauty and the Beast" was also a well written show. I have spoken to
George R. R. Martin and found him to be quite clever. Again, it is the
writing that carries a show.
With this new change in television production, with dvd and television
on demand, perhaps this will be the turning point for creativity. ABC
screwed up with "Monk." They let it slip through their fingers, and
now it is a hit on USA.
Again, it is the different that is a hit. Producers don't like to take
chances. They would rather have a mediocre show that lasts than have a
Just my nickel.
--- In email@example.com, "C. Dixon" <cmaurelius@y...> wrote:
> --- Morningstar <amstar@c...> wrote:
> > I am just about to stop watching broadcast
> > television all together.
> > Right now I am watching only about six shows, and
> > half of them are
> > "Law & Order" and "CSI."
> I think I am right up there with you! I ordered cable
> for my kids, and had hoped that the extra channels
> would carry something interesting, unusual or just
> plain entertaining.
> The most fun I have is watching the cat when we have
> Animal Planet on. Since he actually watches it
> (especially the "Animal Cops" series) HE is more
> entertaining than the tube is.
> Maybe part of the problem is that writers today have
> been turned out of "puppy mills" (no pun from the
> cat). They have been taught to write inside the
> bubble, and all the shows seem to be similar in a lot
> of ways. Watch "Smallville", "90210", "Buffy" and
> anything that has people on it from Fox, you will see
> what I mean.
> "Enterprise" was a show I had high hopes for, and I am
> greatly dissapointed with it. It's the same stuff,
> different day. The plots evolve the same way, the crew
> reacts to situations the same way, etc.
> Here was a vehicle that could have capitalized (sic?)
> on Capt. Pike, or Robert T. April, all Kirk
> predecessors. The books are good, and have unusual
> ideas, they could have carried the way for a great
> series, kept the older audience and still had some
> CHARM for the younger generation.
> The last series I was rabid about was Babylon 5. It
> was sinister, well written, wasn't gimmick oriented
> (they used nukes for goodness sakes, in battle) and
> had good plot twists.
> 24 never caught my eye, I watch CSI (not the Miami one
> tho')and Monk when I get a chance, and the news.
> My Mom has a theory, that all the good songs, good
> plots and books have been written. All the original
> themes are done with, and modern novels, shows and
> music are simply variations on a theme.
> There, off the soap box.
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