Monday, October 04, 2010
One Suggestion for Improving TV Shows
What one suggestion would you offer to the makers of TV shows to make them better?
Here is mine: stop having a scene with each major cast member on your show each week that utilizes their one major character trait. Take THE BIG C, which I like moderately.
I know before the end of the show there will be a scene with her neighbor who will act cranky but be nice underneath, there will be a scene with her African-American student who will turn out to be wise, a scene with her homeless brother yelling about the environment, a scene with her son wanting to be left alone, a scene with her husband acting like a jerk. I watch the show ticking these off. NURSE JACKIE, same thing. We go through the cast character by character till they've all had their scene or two.
Now on a great show like BREAKING BAD, they are not afraid to have an episode with just two of their characters. Or skip a major character for weeks at a time. But the average show, has to touch base with each of its characters, spelling out again their essential trait: quirky, sweet, innocent, selfish, etc. Is it in their contracts?
What do you suggest to improve TV? What bugs you?