God no.

Sep. 4th, 2009 01:29 pm
angstzeit: (Dead End)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090903/tv_nm/us_suspect_1

Came across this link about an American version of Prime Suspect. It will, of course, suck. But I was really horrified when I saw at the end of the article that they're remaking The Rockford Files--IMHO, one of the greatest shows ever made.

Getting old is bad enough. But to have the things one loved when younger resurrected into horrid, mocking, zombie farces really rubs salt in the wounds. Certainly everything takes from the past--X-Files owed no small debt to The Night Stalker but at least didn't have the temerity to call itself "The New Adventures of The Night Stalker." And over time it profited greatly from that by becoming truly its own show. But remaking a show is like making a sequel, only worse. They usually end up as a half-baked mash-up of "a fresh new style" with random bits taken from the original after anything that made it worth watching was stripped away. What results is neither a respectable homage to the original nor a good modern show. It is just a name ripped off a tombstone and slapped on a cheap product to try to make some fast sales.

Of course I'm pissing in the wind. It won't stop even when they're remaking the remake of the remake of Gilligan's Island. Creativity is expensive and risky and who wants that?

Now don't you kids make me get my cane and run you off my lawn!

God no.

Sep. 4th, 2009 01:29 pm
angstzeit: (Dead End)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090903/tv_nm/us_suspect_1

Came across this link about an American version of Prime Suspect. It will, of course, suck. But I was really horrified when I saw at the end of the article that they're remaking The Rockford Files--IMHO, one of the greatest shows ever made.

Getting old is bad enough. But to have the things one loved when younger resurrected into horrid, mocking, zombie farces really rubs salt in the wounds. Certainly everything takes from the past--X-Files owed no small debt to The Night Stalker but at least didn't have the temerity to call itself "The New Adventures of The Night Stalker." And over time it profited greatly from that by becoming truly its own show. But remaking a show is like making a sequel, only worse. They usually end up as a half-baked mash-up of "a fresh new style" with random bits taken from the original after anything that made it worth watching was stripped away. What results is neither a respectable homage to the original nor a good modern show. It is just a name ripped off a tombstone and slapped on a cheap product to try to make some fast sales.

Of course I'm pissing in the wind. It won't stop even when they're remaking the remake of the remake of Gilligan's Island. Creativity is expensive and risky and who wants that?

Now don't you kids make me get my cane and run you off my lawn!
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R.I.P. Bionic Woman. It is quite rare these days that I watch a network (or other) show from the premier. It wasn't exactly common ever but Tivo has pretty much insulated me from that crap. But, I took a chance on the Bionic Woman. I enjoyed the hokey original back in the day. The premier had some potential. But, well...

I've noticed over the semi-recent years, that TV has a pattern. For unknown reasons an actually novel show gets on air. Even more unusual, it attracts fans. Like chum in the water, network executives attack all those wacky pitchers of offbeat series looking for the next _____. But, being network executives (and the cable networks are fast catching up with the big guys), they gut the show and try to make their weird Frankenstein's monster of a show work. The result? Something too weird for regular people or too stupid for the original audience. Here we have the latter.

Two problems.

One. Shows can go two ways: Intellectual or Soap Opera. Truthfully, the best expertly combine both. Often even good shows fall onto Soap Opera after a couple of seasons. I hate Soap Operas (despite--no, because I watched one once). I can take (and enjoy) a bit of the Soap in most dramas. But when that takes over, well, I'm out.

Two. Rushing. I absolutely hate it when new shows try to get where seasoned shows are years down the line. It is a symptom of copying. Trying to do in one season what some other show did in several. It highly exacerbates my previous complaints. Facts and relationships are laid out or spun too quickly. Shortcuts (signals gleaned from their Host to communicate meaning) are used. The show doesn't organically grow but jumps to an awkward maturity in a few episodes.

It's just sad.

Though nothing new. Just a bit more insulting as the best shows rise so much farther than the dross.

Fantasy: Instead of having the same old dipshits try endlessly to please the people with their antiquated ideas--get and listen to the truly unique voices out there? Yeah, I'm a dreamer. The same crap has been happening since the beginning of TV. But grouchy old guy can hope, can't he?

The "Bionic Woman" is off Season Pass. That may have been my last foray into network television. But, imminent death can sometimes spark true innovation. Let us hope.
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R.I.P. Bionic Woman. It is quite rare these days that I watch a network (or other) show from the premier. It wasn't exactly common ever but Tivo has pretty much insulated me from that crap. But, I took a chance on the Bionic Woman. I enjoyed the hokey original back in the day. The premier had some potential. But, well...

I've noticed over the semi-recent years, that TV has a pattern. For unknown reasons an actually novel show gets on air. Even more unusual, it attracts fans. Like chum in the water, network executives attack all those wacky pitchers of offbeat series looking for the next _____. But, being network executives (and the cable networks are fast catching up with the big guys), they gut the show and try to make their weird Frankenstein's monster of a show work. The result? Something too weird for regular people or too stupid for the original audience. Here we have the latter.

Two problems.

One. Shows can go two ways: Intellectual or Soap Opera. Truthfully, the best expertly combine both. Often even good shows fall onto Soap Opera after a couple of seasons. I hate Soap Operas (despite--no, because I watched one once). I can take (and enjoy) a bit of the Soap in most dramas. But when that takes over, well, I'm out.

Two. Rushing. I absolutely hate it when new shows try to get where seasoned shows are years down the line. It is a symptom of copying. Trying to do in one season what some other show did in several. It highly exacerbates my previous complaints. Facts and relationships are laid out or spun too quickly. Shortcuts (signals gleaned from their Host to communicate meaning) are used. The show doesn't organically grow but jumps to an awkward maturity in a few episodes.

It's just sad.

Though nothing new. Just a bit more insulting as the best shows rise so much farther than the dross.

Fantasy: Instead of having the same old dipshits try endlessly to please the people with their antiquated ideas--get and listen to the truly unique voices out there? Yeah, I'm a dreamer. The same crap has been happening since the beginning of TV. But grouchy old guy can hope, can't he?

The "Bionic Woman" is off Season Pass. That may have been my last foray into network television. But, imminent death can sometimes spark true innovation. Let us hope.
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One of the shows I watch (via Tivo) is Survivorman. The host is a nut (but careful watching shows he's not quite completely bonkers).

But strangely, I learned something useful from the show. A bit more than a week ago, Hex's sibling and gf visited. On Sunday, while we were making a big breakfast something crazy happened. The gf made an exclamation and then grabbed her arm heading for the wastebasket. I saw something was attached to her arm. At first, I wondered if it was something benign but creepy. But she quickly suggested it was stinging her. I, in best position, paused for a moment, remembering what I'd learned on TV (no shit)--do not slap (as we are prone to do) a stinging bug. You risk driving the stinger in deeper. Instead flick the bug off with a finger. My reaction was a half to a second slower but it was the right move. The bug flew away and was eventually let out a door.

I know a number of people who have abandoned TV. But just like any vast wasteland--there is still the rare jewel to find. If only more TV was entertaining and educational.
angstzeit: (Default)
One of the shows I watch (via Tivo) is Survivorman. The host is a nut (but careful watching shows he's not quite completely bonkers).

But strangely, I learned something useful from the show. A bit more than a week ago, Hex's sibling and gf visited. On Sunday, while we were making a big breakfast something crazy happened. The gf made an exclamation and then grabbed her arm heading for the wastebasket. I saw something was attached to her arm. At first, I wondered if it was something benign but creepy. But she quickly suggested it was stinging her. I, in best position, paused for a moment, remembering what I'd learned on TV (no shit)--do not slap (as we are prone to do) a stinging bug. You risk driving the stinger in deeper. Instead flick the bug off with a finger. My reaction was a half to a second slower but it was the right move. The bug flew away and was eventually let out a door.

I know a number of people who have abandoned TV. But just like any vast wasteland--there is still the rare jewel to find. If only more TV was entertaining and educational.

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