Breaking radio silence…
Maybe. The premise sounds silly, but this is a pretty great pick up for her.
DVR is a gift from the television watching gods. The 10PM hour extends way past my bed time. I only feel a little bad for contributing to killing the 10PM prestige hour.
Also, dramas are not what I want to watch before I go to bed. Who are these people watching dramas at 10PM? I need something happy before bedtime. I don’t like to go to sleep fearing nightmares of criminals or crying because I’m depressed.
10PM should be the happy hour of television.
I really want Starz to be successful. Starz is willing to take on unusual programs from less “mainstream” show runners and actors, with great results. Loading Torchwood with established, beloved-by-geeks crew members is savvy.
Starz needs a hit. Not a critical darling like Party Down, but a show that delivers ratings. Spartacus brought moderate ratings, but back luck (star diagnosed with cancer) ended production prematurely.
Starz clearly feels poised to launch a “Mad Men” style hit. At first glance, Torchwood seems unlikely an unlikely candidate. Torchwood can definitely deliver Mad Men sized ratings if it becomes the best sci-fi show on American television. It’s unlikely to carve out such an omnipresent place in popular culture, Mad Men’s ratings are small compared to the media attention the show attracts.
If Starz can get big ratings for Torchwood, they may break into the scripted television market arena. Finally.
This article also raised a really great point about television fans. We think of shows in terms of “mine, mine, mine.” I know I do. After I dedicate 20, 40, 100 hours to a show, it becomes part of my life. It’s easy to forget I haven’t become a part of the show.
My shows are not mine. Television belongs to the decision makers, who work really hard to make their show the best. One of my favorite Lorne Michaels moments is when he admits that no episode of SNL is ever perfect. If it was perfect, there would be no need to make another episode.
More after the jump…
Because of the Lorne Michaels Philosophy, I’m OK with not loving every episode of my favorite show. I don’t love every painting I’ve ever seen (aka, most paintings). More importantly, I don’t claim my favorite paintings are mine. That would be weird.
Sometimes, fans need to take a step back and appreciate the small city of people involved in creating a show. Producers, writers, directors, editors, actors, crew members, costume designers, casting directors, set designers, PAs, etc.
No matter how attached I get, it’s not “my” show. But I can love it anyway.
After every single professional sports play, millions of fans are sipping Bud Lights and screaming at the TV.
"Why you play him? We can’t afford to lose this game!” “I would never run that play.” “Get it together otherwise we might not make the playoffs.” Expletives omitted.
Sometimes they storm Twitter or message boards to blast the coach. Yet they still tune in to every game, generating major advertising dollars that drive the professional sports industry.
Television has started to mirror professional sports. The Internet is a breeding ground for obsessive fans. They geek out to each other, get inside scoop from show runners and generally spread their obsession far and wide.
These fans are the couch coaches of television, publicly shaming show runners via Twitter for the smallest misstep. But these fans tune in every week, live or via DVR, and generate major advertising dollars. These fans keep the show runners employed.
Show runners put themselves out there on the internet to further their careers. To garner credit for the shows they create; enabling fans to appreciate creative minds behind shows other than the actors. Ask any football coach: that name recognition comes with a price. Pervasive and instantaneous criticism.
Maybe they should call up some professional coaches and whine about it. Or maybe, they shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds them.
Chelsea Lately. Taylor Swift Interview.
I have a lot of love for Chelsea Handler. I get that people don’t like her. The idea that she slept her way to the top and her aggressive, crude humor can be off putting. Mostly, she’s smart, hard working and sometimes funny. I admire her determination to further her career, even if I don’t always admire her choices.
Also, she’s great at featuring comedians. Ross Mathews puns are amazing. Always.
This interview bothers me. How did she not ask Taylor Swift what the sex with Jake Gyllenhaal or John Mayer is like (unless Chelsea already knows…just a thought)? So very, very un-Chelsea.
Her interviews are most amusing when she makes her guests super uncomfortable. She frequently asks questions everyone is dying to ask, but are too polite/reverential to do so.
I’m torn because I get this interview. This is Career-Chelsea interviewing Taylor Swift. Career-Chelsea also goes easy on her only recurring A-list guest, Jennifer Aniston. Soft interviews bring big guests. Big guests bring big money. It’s a simple equation and Chelsea’s smart enough to do the math.
I respect Career-Chelsea and I imagine she’s a lot more palatable to the middle American audience. But I miss Crazy-Chelsea. She’s slowly giving up a niche as a brutal yet hilarious interviewer. Who else is going to press Taylor Swift on her sex life? No one. And that makes this television viewer a little sad.
I thought I saw a great commentary on LaineyGossip or Celebitchy about this but can’t find it so I’m crediting them both anyway.
Raising Hope. In lighter news, check on Jason Lee on the set of Raising Hope this week. Courtesy of TV Squad. Sign of an excellent comedy: I laugh so hard I cry during every episode. And I watch by myself.
Who doesn’t think this is funny? My roommates. Which is why I watch Raising Hope alone. But they only watch Glee. And shows way past their prime (Desperate Housewives and Gossip Girl. What is this, 2007?). Not that I’m judging them. But I totally am.
In Treatment. Season 2, April. Consensus around the internet is that Alison Pill plays the most compelling patient Paul’s ever treated. I can’t wait to watch her in a dramatic role. Not that she wasn’t super cute in Scott Pilgrim.