October 30, 2006

WHY NOT JUST PAY THE ACTORS, WRITERS, AND DIRECTORS LESS?:

TV's going cheap and cheaper (Joanne Ostrow, 10/30/06, Denver Post)

They're not firing, they're "rightsizing." They're not cost-cutting, they're inventing fabulous user-generated programming.

In the euphemistic world of network TV, executives make cutbacks sound like boldly progressive new ventures. The fact is, nobody knows whether today's cutback will yield tomorrow's creative, fantastically successful breakthrough program.

Last week NBC slashed jobs and put an end to expensive early-evening dramas, alerting viewers that, in the future, we should expect "Deal or No Deal" rather than "Friday Night Lights" in the 7 p.m. time slot. Cheaper to produce and more reliable in the ratings, quiz shows are one economical answer to NBC's current woes.

Wait - it gets cheaper.

The networks are launching do-it-yourself video sites, inviting amateur filmmakers to contribute content.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2006 11:41 AM
Comments

I wonder what our beloved writer would say about MyNetworkTV and how much they are paying Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild to do an English version of a Spanish Telenovela. Whatever it is, Joanne should pay attention in her own backyard: There are a LOT of billboards and bus ads promoting this show.

Posted by: Brad S at October 30, 2006 12:31 PM

OJ - As long as they don't pay ME less, I'm with you...

Posted by: Foos at October 30, 2006 1:57 PM

All I want from my TV is Jack Bauer and every non-soccer sports channel on the planet.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 30, 2006 7:13 PM
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