It's with something approaching surprise and sadness that I read the news that - now that Fox appears to be considering moving Cops from its long-standing Saturday night slow - America's broadcast networks appear to have abandoned Saturday nights as venues for original programming. How, exactly, did that happen?
If common wisdom is to be believed, movies are a directors' medium, whereas television is a writers' medium. And, on the face of it, that appears to be true: Movies, after all, can afford the time and money to set up visually spectacular shots that will stay with the viewer in a way that television rarely (if ever) can, leaving television relying on the stories they're telling in order to win people over. But … a writers' medium? Really?
Now that the merger between NBC Universal and Kabletown - sorry, I mean, Comcast - has been approved by the FCC and introductory memos have been sent out to all staff members to make it official, it's time for the peacock network to start living up to its new motto and make history (again). Here're five thoughts how they can do that.
Lost vs. Glee. If only tonight's televisual battle could be settled with a well-placed crossover.