Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on February 9th, 2003, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

What passes for good television these days? Playmates eating cow eyeballs? Dating lie detectors? Assembly line marriages? Reality is Harsh on TV’s Creative Teams. This New York Times article looks at how the surge in reality TV programming has sliced away a huge chunk of creative writing work at the networks. As these relatively inexpensive talent shows and stunt contests take over, there is that much less time available for the dramas and situation comedies that provide writers their livelihood. One veteran writer mused, “Maybe they could have a reality show about writers trying to write for television. It’s full of humiliation. They could watch how embarrassing it is to go from producer to producer telling them how much you love their work.”

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