August 02, 2004

Bestill Our Beating Heart

FROM TODAY'S Hollywood Reporter:

Men's cable channel Spike TV is stepping onto the dance floor with "The Club," a reality series that will chronicle the goings-on at a dance establishment in Las Vegas...

Yep, not gonna watch that one either. God's truth -- can't anyone in la-la land come up with a frickin' original idea any more?

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at August 2, 2004 07:30 PM | TrackBack

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse....Have you seen the Amish kids reality show in LA yet? Simply putrid.

Posted by: Simon from Jersey at August 3, 2004 01:04 AM

I am not going to watch the Amish kids. But wouldn't it be a kick if they all said to hell with Los Angeles and went home at the end of it?

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at August 3, 2004 09:11 AM

You've got to look on the bright side!!! Or ... no, you don't ... but I do! :)

Films like Big Fish, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and others are indicative that yes, there ARE original things going on in Hollywood, and people WILL go to see them. Tremendously hopeful.

There's always been crap movies, crap entertainment. Bad ideas, trends, lowest common denominator stuff - Always. It's no worse now than it has ever been.

Posted by: red at August 3, 2004 10:10 AM

Hi Sheila,

I agree that quality stuff still gets made in Hollywood, even on television. HBO offers the best example of this.

However, in the Seventies -- oddly enough -- one could watch The Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family and The Carol Burnett Show ... on one night! on one network!

Of course, there were only three networks back then. That point I cede. But what amazes me, when one compares the old shows and the shows they create today, are how smart the mass-market programs once were and how vapid they are now. It's troubling to think the state of popular culture has declined so much -- and against a benchmark from the Seventies, no less!

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at August 3, 2004 08:04 PM

Yeah - with only 3 networks, you have less time-slots for crapola.

Thank goodness for HBO. I never watch network television anymore. Except for ER, on occasion.

Posted by: red at August 4, 2004 10:13 AM