Monday, November 05, 2007

Writers' Strike? Please!

I spend over $60 per/month for cable and internet. That means I have access to about 71 channels of TV. I cannot tell you the number of evenings Martha and I sit down after dinner dishes to "see what's on" after 8pm. We go up and down the channels: news specials on latest disease threats, sitcoms with overgrown children behaving badly, cop shows, lawyer shows, medical dramas, local cable access channels, public television documentaries on archaelogy or the enviroment. Then there are all the special cable channels on tatooing, traveling, cooking, racing, golfing, weather forecasts, history, gross medical problems involving obesity or cancer, screaming heads arguing about some political or economic issue, stand-up comics being "bleeped" for bad language and Telemundo soccer in Spanish. We often end up with "Project Runway" re-runs for Martha to watch and I head to another room to read.
It has been too many years that a serial show has grabbed us with a compelling story line and dialogue of depth. When was the last time you repeated a show's dialogue at work the next day because it was so good? What happened to the creative genius that brought us "M.A.S.H.", "Cheers", "St. Elsewhere" "Hill Street Blues" and comedians like Carole Burnett and Tim Conway, the Smothers Brothers? Saturday Night Live might still keep up, but barely. The writing today is attrocious, shallow and vulgar. Maybe that's because our culture is attrocious, shallow and vulgar. But that is not reason to feel sorry for creators of drivel and fluff.
Wouldn't a revival of great writing be great? Maybe it will go off-line to YouTube and internet sites. Maybe the era of the big box in entertainment is withering like big-box retailers. Quality will surive and thrive. Writiers' Union? Don't hold your breath.


At 10:13 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

two words: The Office.

At 10:20 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...


At 6:43 AM , Blogger kent said...

In my world Lisa is the only woman/girl/young lady/whatever who I have heard actually likes the Office. Wow!

At 6:31 PM , Blogger blogadoo said...

Heroes & Journeyman, two monday night must sees!


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