Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Give me more

Of course someone's got to bitch about theircrappy city being blown up.

Meanwhile on the web, someone else had the right idea and grabbed a shot of what Jack Bauer's face looks like as the world is blown up on his watch:


Saw another spec screenwriter bragging about how they don't watch TV. It just kills me. I mean, if you're telling people you're a storyteller and you're trying to break into the hardest business in the world to break into, you might want people to think that you A) Do your homework B) Pay attention to the business and C) Realize like the rest of us that the best storytelling in the world has been on TV, going on now for, oh, 6 YEARS.

For eff's sake. Oh, and that goes for wannabe actors, too. Pay attention to the craft, and if you're ignorant, don't brag about it. If you're trying to break into Hollywood for the right reasons, you'll actually enjoy renting the series DVDs for 24, Deadwood, Rescue Me, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Doctor Who, Life on Mars, Lost, The Office, Entourage, Dexter, Rome, Battlestar Galactica, Big Love...and these are just the world class series.

There are plenty of other quality shows that occasionally have outstanding episodes more entertaining than film, from populist Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy to genre-loving Supernatural and Medium. The Class and How I Met Your Mother are growing in strength every week. Hell, even Studio 60 had a great moment with their Christmas episode, and I thought yesterday's Brothers and Sisters episode finally pushed past their twee music into interesting and funny territory, with genuine chemistry between Rob Lowe and Callista Flockhart.

Odds are, if you get a job, it will be in TV, not film. It's time to stop acting ungrateful about it. Make yourself worthy, and realize what a privilege that opportunity would be.

5 comments:

Kid Sis said...

Prempting the letters to the editor:

Yes, Extras and Heroes, too. I'm sure I forgot plenty...which is MY WHOLE POINT...there are PLENTY!

MIM said...

Saw my first episode of 24 last night (well, flipping between that and the Laker game).

Holy freaking (bleep). Now that there's some good TV.

Nice to see Principal Wood overcame Sunnydale High falling into the earth and rose to the presidency.

CC was also amused to see Jesse, Xander's friend from the Buffy pilot, become a responsible member of society and work with CTU. Although the windowless command center raises some questions...

Only 12,000 dead in Valencia after the fictitious bomb goes off?

Wow. Talk about art imitating life. Magic Mountain really is having a hard time attracting customers in TV land, too.

MIM

wcdixon said...

great advice...

David Press said...

thanks for the great advice. Oh yeah, I'm new here. So, just saying hey.

Lynda said...

I love to watch Medium. I never understood why people who work in TV say they don't watch it.