I may have mentioned Jeff and I are working our way through the entirety of ER (when we need a palate cleanser, 2nd season SG1). We’ve had 8 seasons of getting to know, love and hate various people.
I took a book out of the library about Must See TV, the part of the nineties when NBC had groundbreaking shows like Third Rock from the Sun and ER and Seinfeld and Cheers and Frasier and Will and Grace and Mad About You and Friends, shows that were ALL ABOUT THE WRITING. In the last chapter of the book, it was made abundantly clear that NBC no longer gives a tinker’s cuss about writing – sales and marketing runs the show and they run the least offensive shows that cost the least amount of money to make. In defence of the current iteration of talent management and development at NBC, ER had a 44 market share and a top ten hit show in 2012 has a 13 (Julianna Margulies was comparing ER and The Good Wife, her current show), and it’s because there’s a lot more TV happening especially competition from HBO and AMC and Showtime, so it’s harder to have a hit. But honestly, folks, without the writing and the courage to try something new, good tv DOES NOT HAPPEN. It’s happening on cable – that’s where the action is.
Well, in my little universe of time-shifted tv, main character Mark Greene just died of brain cancer, and I wept non stop for an imaginary character for 20 minutes. Under the circumstances, mocking the ability of other people to believe in God seems a tad uncharitable…. must resolve to quit every doing it. My imaginary friends…. sigh.
And Anthony Edwards, the actor playing Mark Greene, is back on TV, and the show description is so lame I don’t want to watch it.
Wrote 850 words of backstory on Midnite Moving Co last night. Oh lady of the deep waves, how I love you. Trying to write a human alien character who doesn’t speak is freaking hard…. But I now have the story of how she met George, from his perspective. Writing it from hers will be very hard.
Off to church now.