Originally Posted by gmac
I belive we are going through a period of great television drama and comedy. I'm sure everyone knows the shows which I am referring to.
However, I have one major beef at the American production system and that is that they do not know when to let good thing go. House was amazing in the first season and good in the second but the problem with these shows continuing on ad infinitum is that they have to come up with ever more ludicrous plot lines to keep the viewer engaged.
Network sitcoms, like Friends say, which are not generally very good, have to come up with, what, 30 episodes a season? No wonder the quality is diluted.
I cite, as an example of how things can be done differently, 2 British shows. There were only ever 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers made. The original (and far superior) version of The Office again has only 12 episodes plus 2 specials shown a couple of years later.
I'm not doubting the quality of a lot of American TV, it really can be fantastic (particularly HBO) but I just feel that somethimes they need to let things go.....
I agree with you. I'm not a huge, huge fan of American TV though. A lot of it is pure rubbish, except for, IMO, 24, Entourage, and House. I'm a big fan of the British spy drama Spooks (rebadged MI-5 on American tv's, which, interestingly, A&E is showing MI-5 at 11pm on September 15, but they're exactly one year behind because they are premiering Season 4, whilst Season 5 of the show is to premiere in the UK a couple of days later on the 18th.) If it wasn't for the internet and BitTorrent, I'd be behind. A&E completely pulled the show off the air for an entire year, and it still isn't promoting it. I'm quite sick of these cable channels (A&E and Bravo mainly) dumping what used to be quality programming in favor of crap reality shows. Sorry, end rant.