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TV usually gets the writing profession wrong. I've never understood why, since shows and characters are written by writers themselves. Maybe they think they have to dumb it down for the general audience. That's why you have writers like Jessica Fletcher, who just sits down at the typewriter and the words come out fine and she mails it off to her publisher. This happens all the time on television. And have you ever noticed that when you hear the writing that a writer character has done on a show it's almost always terrible? Why is that?
After the jump are six writer characters on TV that were done correctly.
It's Halloween, and even though I'm going to be handing out Halloween candy all night (translation: I haven't gotten a trick or treater in 10 years so I'll be eating all the candy myself as I sit on the couch), I'm going to find some time for TV watching.
I think I'll start off with something funny, so I'll put in that NewsRadio episode where Jimmy doesn't want to invite the WNYX gang to the annual Halloween party because nobody (except Matthew, of course) gets into the spirit. Then after that I'm thinking of watching either Fright Night or the original Night Stalker movie with Darren McGavin. Oh, and there's a new Criss Angel Mindfreak that might be worth checking out.
Of course, I have to squeeze in Standoff in there (new time, 8pm), since I'm reviewing it, but am I the only one who is losing patience with this show?
What is everyone else watching tonight?
- ALF - Season 3
- ALF: The Animated Series - 20,000 Years In Driving School
- AlfTales - Alf & The Beanstalk
- American Muscle Car - Season 2
- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 1: Water, Volume 3
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 1 (new package); Season 2 (new package); Season 3 (new package); Season 4 (new package) buy Season 5 (new package); Season 6 (new package); Season 7 (new package)
- Dark Shadows - DVD Collection 24
- The Doris Day Show - The Doris Day Special; Season 3
- The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete 6th Season
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids - Vol 3
- Gimme a Break! - Season 1 (Canada)
- Joey - The Complete 1st Season
- The Kids in the Hall - Season 4
- Night Stalker - The Complete Series
- Numb3rs - Season 1
- Queer as Folk - Season 5 (Final Season)
- Rollergirls - The Complete Season 1
- The Tomorrow People - Set 3
- The Venture Bros. - Season 1
- Will & Grace - Series Finale
Curtis was also producer of many other TV movies and miniseries, including The Winds of War, War and Rememberence, and Saving Milly. And he scared the living shit out of me as a kid with that Karen Black movie Trilogy of Terror. I didn't sleep at all the night I watched that.
Sadly, his wife Norma, who he was married to for over 50 years, died herself two weeks ago.
5. CBS Sunday Morning If you don't watch this, you should. It's old-school television news at its best with in-depth news stories, and lots and lots about the arts. Plus, the original "moment of zen" at the end.
4. The Daily Show A good way to blow off steam when the news of the day is really getting you down.
3. The Office This show really came into its own this season, and I just adore all the characters.
2. My Name is Earl Always good for a one-liner.
1. Lost They mess with our heads. And we like it!
5. Night Stalker I couldn't even stomach the first episode of this new show. Sad, because I had such high hopes for it.
4. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Too much showmanship, fabricated content (i.e., who can we get to build this house?), and way too much product placement.
3. Britney & Kevin: Chaotic Quite possibly the most useless piece of crap to air this year.
2. Desperate Housewives That's right. I can't stand this show. Too many open plotlines that don't interest me at all.
1. Saturday Night Live It hasn't been funny in years. Except for that Narnia rap everyone is talking about.
It seems like every year at about this time, when everyone is making their big "tech" predictions for next year, someone always says that next year is going to be the year for TV on the internet. While it may not yet be a perfect system, or exactly as we all had expected it to be, whoever predicted that statement last December would be right on the money; 2005 will definitely go down as the year that TV came to the internet. The networks seemed to realize, throughout the year, that this internet thing wasn't going to go away anytime soon, and they ought to go ahead and embrace it. Tie-ins ranging from recaps and commentaries, to downloadable specials and entire episodes, to live tie-ins with game shows started popping up all over the web. And let me tell you, if you think that 2005 was big, wait 'til 2006 -- you ain't seen nothing yet. (Yes I know that's grammatically incorrect, it's from a song people!) On with the show!
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