An Original Thought

I was looking through the new television programs for this fall and a thought struck me: where are the original programs? I am sure there are programs slated to be on the air that are unique but the majority are not.

They are redoing programs that were very popular in the 80s and 90s. The original actors are still alive and I wonder, what do they think of all of this. Some shows are actually bringing back the original actors after 20+ years. I’m curious to see how that translates. Successful shows have always gotten sequels and some of them have done amazingly well. Some have died an ignoble death within a few months. The television audience is a fickle one. Sometimes a really bad show can have a good actor in it and it will survive. Sometimes a really well written and well acted series can’t get a following and is cut. It is a mystery.

And that’s another thing, a successful show of one genre will spawn several competing shows with the same premise. For example: the Male/ Female Buddy System. Man and woman working together, fight, save each other, argue, sexual tension, problem solved. It is a formula that has been used to death.

I guess people are just more comfortable with what they know. The show MacGyver was an original when it came out. His name is even used today to explain quick, creative thinking to get out of a jam. I enjoyed it in the 80s and I’ve enjoyed the remake. Call me fickle!

Let’s face it, with all the issues going on in the world, television entertainment is not high on the list of importance, or it shouldn’t be. But this industry pulls in trillions of dollars and it can shape society. People are easily manipulated with the right propaganda. I am including myself in this. We become comfortable with people we trust and a lot of them are simply actors, hopefully good actors with integrity, but what are they selling? We invite them into our homes through our television and we believe them. Does Hollywood truly reflect society? And what does that say about us?

Oh, and just out of curiosity, which old television program would you like to see reimagined?

13 thoughts on “An Original Thought

  1. Murphy's Law

    I don’t want to see a favorite old show remade, but since TV is besieged with reruns, I’d like to see every single Johnny Carson Show, as well as The Bob Hope Show, The Jack Benny Show, The Dean Martin Show, The Red Skeleton Show and even The Milton Berle Show.

    I laughed until I cried watching these shows. There’s nothing on now that even comes close….at least not for me. Sign…..
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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  2. dweezer19

    I am so ambivolent about show do overs, even remaking classic films. I mean how many times are they going to re make A Star is Born? I know the argument about appealing to younger audiences but I see that as a prime problem with this most modern of societies. When I grew up, we looked back to old films to appreciate those qualities, those actors and the way the world was when they were filmed. I would be appalled at the idea of remaking Casablanca or African Queen. Is there so little intrigue, tenderness and humor within the most viable of our younest generation that nothing original, fresh and universally entertaining can be imagined? Personally, I enjoy many of the channels that air the old shows as they were. Flipper, Hart to Hart, wish I could see a few Knight Rider episodes. But even those shows are so dated it is often not as much fun. There are some timeless ones to me though, like Here Come the Brides, Third Rock from the Sun, The Partridge Family, WKRP in Cincinatti, Murphy Brown(I hope the new show does well), Soap, Bewitched. We even watch some of the old game show reruns. Talk about how answers have changed with societal changes. More inunedo and less brash sexual content but way much more of what would be considered racist commentary across the board. I am not enamoured of tv but do like something decent to watch when I indulge. Heck, I’d prefer watching The X Files or Grimm for the umpteenth time over some of the new dribble that is trickling out. Good luck finding what you enjoy on the Boob Tube, Pam!

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  3. scifihammy

    I don’t watch TV any more as there really is nothing on over here. Seems people are heading towards online viewing such as Netflix etc. (I don’t have this.)
    There used to be new TV shows all the time when my kids were young and we enjoyed them. eg Due South with the Canadian Mountie 🙂

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  4. Kate@VanhaTaloSuomi

    To everyone looking for something to watch:
    Please seek out a Finnish “Nordi Noir” drama series called BORDERTOWN
    The main character is called #Sorjonen. You will not only get to see FINLAND, but also become immersed in a high quality drama series that is both unique and interesting.
    This show is running currently on Netflix, but on other providers too. Just search for the title and viewing times in your area.
    I bet you will be highly entertained and also will enjoy seeing Finland in a castly different light.

    -Kathryn

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