- Apr 7, 2004Well, point taken. However, longevity on television and longevity in
our collective intelligence are two different things.
Interesting that you use the Taco Bell analogy. I have used that and
McDonalds in making comparisons of quality and authenticity.
Granted, "Babylon 5" is a much better show than "Roseanne." However,
which will be around in ten years? What about twenty? Great shows have
died a quick death because of the numbers game. But, do you disagree
that there is not a market for original ideas in the movies and
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Valerio <mvscreen@s...> wrote:
> >>>> The real problem is the producers and
> networks....again, it is the writing that carries a
> show. <<<<
> No, it's the audience. The audience carries the show.
> It's not the writing that carries AMERICAN IDOL or
> SURVIVOR. There's no writing in those shows.
> Next season, we're going to have four LAW & ORDER
> shows and three CSI shows on the air.
> Why? Because of the writing? No, because people tune
> CBS just yanked CENTURY CITY off the air after a
> couple of airings.
> Why? Because the writing was bad?
> No. Because nobody watched it.
> TV is an instrument of pure capitalism. The
> marketplace rules. Every single minute of every single
> day, the TV business holds an election and the
> audience is offered the opportunity to vote with their
> If enough people tune in, the show stays on. If they
> don't, it doesn't.
> You can blame producers and networks for mediocre,
> redundant product if you like. But as a television
> professional of nearly 25 years, I'm telling you
> that's narrow and misguided thinking.
> Taco Bell doesn't stay in business because they make
> great Mexican food. They stay in business because huge
> numbers of people eat there. If people stopped eating
> at Taco Bell tomorrow, the company would have two
> choices: Change the product or go out of business. But
> as long as people keep showing up to chow down at Taco
> Bell, there's no reason for the folks in charge to
> change a single thing.
> TV works exactly same way.
> You'll get smarter shows when people stop supporting
> the dumb ones and their carbon copies.
> - MV
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