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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?