TV Junkie: TV Execs Need To Invest In Originality; D&D Edition of 'Community' & Chris Elliott Tonight
An Open Letter To Network Execs: Please effing stop it with the series re-boots. "Hawaii Five-0" and "V" have been ok so far but now we are hearing about the relaunch of "Beavis & Butthead" and "Dallas." Series relaunches, movies-to-TV and TV-to-movies, and remakes of foreign (usually from the UK) series, are the boring safe bets that the studios are making and while it might be ok to have one or two examples of that in a season, it's my opinion that we are now overrun with them and it's got to stop. There are plenty of writers and showrunners with original ideas all over this country (with a high concentration in LA, of course) - give them a chance. The networks would make more money from original ideas and lose less if the show flops, they invested this way.
It's this situation that makes Showtime's "Episodes" so timely and hilarious, which is why I've been recommending it: UK showrunners are brought to US to supervise the transformation of their beloved and award-winning series into American garbage. We need to laugh at something to stave off the depression caused by boring and awful relaunches and remakes. The networks need to either invest in original ideas or pay into debit cards so that critics and reviewers like me can fund a Zoloft prescription and predilections for single malt Scotch and top shelf bourbon (hmmm, we're almost out of The Balvenie Caribbean Cask and Black Maple Hill 16 yr).
Speaking of booze and TV, no one (industry or viewerwise) has confirmed my sighting of a bottle of Drambuie on "Parks and Recreation" and a bottle of Bushmills on "30 Rock" on the 20th of January. Were we overenjoying our own cocktail that evening?
In a "yeah, that's gonna last" move, Charlie Sheen plans on returning to production of "Two And A Half Men" at the end of this month. Sure, years of substance abuse and out-of-control behavior can be "cured" in a few weeks, that's the ticket. This is where both Warner Brothers Television and CBS need to step in and say that there won't be any production happening. It's up to them to shut it down. I feel badly for the people who work on the show, but those people have known for years that their lead actor has serious problems and that something like this was bound to happen. Would they feel better if they finished this production run and Sheen died a week or so afterwards? Because the way this is playing out, it's not going to end well.