OK. I know. I’m a writer so I know genres have certain expectations.
We expect problems to be solved in 10 minutes for sitcoms.
We expect a certain flow and characters for an epic.
We like happy endings.
I’m not really put off with CBC seeing the success of BBC’s “Merlin” so CBC is coming out with “Camelot” this fall. I’m not expecting much from the knock off’s like “Canada’s Got Talent”. I can only ask “Why?” when I hear “Conan” has been remade. But I’m rolling my eyes at the new “Charlie’s Angels.”
It must be because the formula worked in the past and now is not a time to take risks because everyone in North America is motivated by fear. I can’t believe there is such a lack of creative talent in Hollywood. But I realize I’m watching shows coming it less and less.
If it’s not sequels, it’s reworkings. If it’s not reworkings, it generally drivel.
The two shows I really like to watch come from England. My kids and I are fascinated by Bollywood productions. When I want action, it’s something from China with subtitles.
A few years ago my wife and I went to see “Premonition” with Sandra Bullock. If you don’t remember the end of the movie you probably blocked it from your mind. I was standing up and applauding while everyone around me was awakening to anger.
It wasn’t a happy ending.
Sure I don’t agree with it’s deterministic view of the cosmos, but cudos for not ending it like Hollywood usually does.
I don’t know why I’m rambling about this today. I caught the end of a Nikita episode and started thinking how I watched the original series as a kid…then I remember the series spun from “La Femme Nikita” a film from France. A trailer to the new “Charlie’s Angels” set me over the top.
I guess the best thing I can do is turn it off…and create my own original content.
Don’t you love living in the age of YouTube?
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