Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Pioneers of Television
I have been trying to put my finger on what is wrong with this series. I thought the episode on crime dramas was very disappointing.
First, they show too few clips. You get very little idea of what the shows were like. I realize this might be because they don't have the rights to show clips, but then why include the show if they can't.
I also feel they don't have an interesting, if any, thesis. And the show lacks the sophistication that most PBS shows have. Fifty minutes is not enough time to cover sixty years of any type of show.
The single bright spot was the line from Quinn Martin, "I like sadism but I wish you could come up with another approach to it."
I can't imagine anyone not alive to see these shows in the day would get anything out of Pioneers of Television. There are too many interviews with the same people. Perhaps because many others are dead. Interviews where actors say that they had fun and enjoyed being pioneers only get you so far.
It's a shame that such a broad look at television is so tame. Where are the critics that might shed more light on the history of the medium? Where are the historians who study it. Very disappointing. What did you think?
Stay tuned for a surprise forgotten book review on Friday.
Interesting piece on Women on the Scaffold, right here.