Perhaps the most dangerous effect of the Big Crunch mentality has been to make television creators think of themselves as auteurs, to convince them that in spite of the massive interference with their work, they can somehow create a work of aesthetic integrity and sociological insight even if they don’t know where it’s going. Well, sometimes you get lucky, but more often, the result is disaster, and the effort spent toward that failure is redirected from where it would be better put: creating great trash. An essay on the challenges and pitfalls of writing serialized TV plots
from The American Reader. [more inside]
posted by chavenet
on Jun 23, 2013 -
A nice collection of teevee show pilot scripts. Observe the embryonic state of many of the classics of the past few decades, including Buffy
, The Wire
, Hill Street Blues
, Battlestar Galactica
, The Sopranos
and The West Wing
. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse
on Nov 21, 2008 -
The eight worst TV dads, according to EW.
Just in time for Father's Day. Tony Soprano is #1, Ozzy #2. Aw, Ozzy is a bit mad, but at least he wants to do right by his kids. I make no excuse for Tony Soprano. He'll buy Meadow whatever she wants, but then again, he offed her boyfriend. Any bad (or good) TV dads to discuss?
posted by GaelFC
on Jun 14, 2002 -
E Street Band guitarist and erstwhile Sopranos
star Little Steven
is launching a syndicated radio show
to be centered around garage rock of the '60's plus latter day punk as well according to this story
. Steve's own site includes some great live reviews
and excellent garage rock links
. I, for one, am really looking forward to hearing this show. Good luck, Steve.
posted by jonmc
on Apr 4, 2002 -
One of these things is just a bit unlike the others:
The Wired Rave Awards (whatever they are) category list includes a "Cultural Innovator" category to select a person who is "changing our creative landscape. A talent whose work has a profound effect on our culture." The names:
- Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- David Chase and James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
- Evan Williams, Blogger
- Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy
- Thomas Krens, Director of Guggenheim Museums Worldwide
I don't know where to start.
posted by werty
on Aug 22, 2001 -
Sopranos spoilers! (sorta)
Now that the season finale has aired, I guess it's safe to post this site. The writer actively researches rumors about the plots of upcoming Sopranos episodes, without much luck (in hindsight, he batted about .500).
My thoughts upon reading this:
1) Why would a true fan work so hard to ruin the show's surprises for himself and everyone else?
2) How could he work so hard on this and still be so wrong? The poor guy really needs some better sources.
posted by Dirjy
on May 20, 2001 -