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September 30, 2007

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Anonymous

Those that can't do teach. Those that can't do or teach become network execs.When the Grant Tinkers and Brandon Tartikoffs helped allow the creative people to do what they do best, create, everyone involved, including Tinker and Tartikoff, benefited in the end. Why don't more execs today follow in their footsteps?Tinker - a great name for too many network execs today. Tinkerers.

Anonymous

All this time I was trying to figure out how they came up with big bang theory... I thought it was just a ex-jock exec who remembed how fun it was to pick on nerds in highschool and wanted to apply that to his adult life too.

l.a. guy

A little off topic but while we're complaining about idiot network execs I'd like to echo something posted last week: Michael Zand said... "Speaking of comedies, did anyone see the second episode of "Back to You?" It was 100% funnier than the pilot and has me hooked."I had actually intended to watch but forgot. His post made me want to check it out and thanks to the internets you too can watch it courtesy Fox's website.www.fox.com/backtoyou.(Click on 'Watch Full Episodes')It's too bad this wasn't the pilot. It is a much funnier episode with a genuinely original sub-plot involving a reporter doing a demonstration.Watch it before the next episode airs and the video goes away.Since Ken is friends with so many of the shows' staff I figured he wouldn't mind a little viral marketing.

Paul Atkinson

"Judd Apatow...Woody Allen for the Teletubby generation."I'm pretty sure I'm in the target audience for Judd Apatow movies (I'm 23), and I'm WAY too old to have watched Teletubbies. Hell, I was too old for Barney. It was Sesame Street and the Muppet Babies when I was little.The Teletubbie generation watches stuff like "You Got Served" and "Step Up".

Anonymous

Honestly, is there an original idea out there? How many sitcoms aren't essentially a variation on the dysfunctional family with stereotypical personalities? Even the good ones. Smart one, smart ass one, cute one, neurotic one, spacey one, dumb one, heart of gold one, etc. I guess I like crap because I enjoyed the pilot of Chuck. It wasn't classic, but it was certainly preferable to the Bionic Woman (which is the same exact show as Chuck).

Anonymous

You are actually the second person to make the CSI: Des Moines joke. Joss Whedon also made it here https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=19336675&postID=1986357792803606496Brilliant minds really do think alike.And yes, if you are wondering, I am from Des Moines, which is, of course, the only way I would have ever remembered that. I'd also like to say as a Des Moines native that I'm truly honored to have my town lambasted not once but twice with that reference. Maybe this means they really are working on a CSI: Des Moines. Hell, it would have to be better then Chuck.

Anonymous

You forgot...Network Exec:Oh, and don't forget to add a black character.Writer:As a nerd or as a hot girl?Network Exec:Who cares? I just want credit for adding diversity. They give us awards for that.Writer:Wouldn't it be smarter to just cast a minority because he or she is good, not because of their race?Network Exec:Well, if you go by THAT criteria, I wouldn't have THIS job.

alan

I don't mean to be all that is evil, but I really liked the Big Bang Theory. If you haven't seen it, give it a chance. It's only 22 minutes of your life.

Anonymous

Omigod, R. A. Porter, your viewing list has proved, once and for all, that I am a nerd.Eh...I knew it all along.-Nikki

Paul

I liked Big Bang Theory. I find the nerds amusing because they're so stereotypical, and I find Kaley Cuoco charming. It's not realistic, but I don't really want to watch shows that are. I get enough reality from real life.I'm waiting to see if Back to You gets better. The first episode was up and down, and the second one was better but seemed to use the same jokes over again.

l.a. guy

Sebastian said... About "Back to you": I didn't think the second episode was particularly more funny than the first one. The sex jokes start to annoy me... You can joke about that for two days straight, ok, but now stop it already. Again, I think it's a continuation of "Frasier".I don't think that's a fair criticism of the second episode; the vast majority of the jokes had to do with Kelsey Grammer's goldfish, Fred Willard's obsessing about a magic trick and the taser field report.I do agree that far too much of sitcom dialogue relies on sexual innuendo and the like. It just seems lazy to me, and it's been done to death, so it rarely makes me laugh.But what do I know...

BigTed

TV nerd: Skinny, kinky-haired, slightly Jewy guy with offbeat good looks, possibly wearing glasses.TV writer: Same.TV nerd: Brain is filled with millions of images from TV and the Internet.TV writer: Same.TV nerd: Paired up with a hot blonde who seems to find him kind of sexy.TV writer: Same, but she'll have to convert.

Anonymous

The producer of Big Bang theory has an interesting (splash? tag line? What's it called?) at the end of the show. This one displayed for about 2 seconds, just long enough for me to think "what was that?" and rewind my TiVo. Tonight's was #184:Don't fall for a woman who has had sex with one of your rock n'roll heroes. No matter how emotionally evolved you think you are, you will never enjoy listening to Eric Claption again.Don't lurk around web sites where people comment about your work unless you're drunk. Don't use emoticons. You're too old to communicate like a twelve year old girl.Don't forget that you are the product of a culture that went stark raving mad about ten thousand years ago. Adjust your thinking accordingly.Don't answer TV critics questions about the state of TV comedy. It's a trap.Don't eat anything bigger than your head. True in the sixties, true today.Don't believe that crap that you're as old as you feel. Your feelings lie.Don't hug men while shaking their hand. Enough already with that. The shake/hug (shug?) is probably something Roman guys did when their empire was in decline.

Anonymous

The only people I saw with pocket protectors in my life were math teachers.

Anonymous

did i read r.a. porter's comment correct-- did you say the hot chick in chuck wasn't hot-- the show isn't that good but she is hottest thing to come on tv in a very long time-- the scenes in her hotel room were the only reason i came back for week two and the fight scene in week two will bring me back for week three... shallow but true

Anonymous

Kevin- who WAS that executive who canceled both of Judd's shows? I was trying to think who it was but it escapes me. Thanks!

CHAIM PADDAMAN

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Chaim Paddaman

The Hollywood flagship motion picture film studios have in the past produced many entertaining movies based on nerd and geek characters. I had no problem with that, in fact I support good comedy. However, my gripe with the Big Bang Theory CBS was "Paris Hilton" impersonator Kaley Cuoco's attitude and behaviour at the 2009 Comic Con. The stunt she pulled "Firting with the Fan" This was an attempt to give reassurance to her hardcore male fan base that she had no interest in nerds or geeks. Kaley Cuoco cannot have her cake and eat it. It is obvious that she will feel more in her comfort zone working with the likes of Nick Carter or Russell Brand. I had been the shows biggest supporter up to that point. I was naive to have believed Bill Prady's press statements that the premise of Big Bang Theory was to celebrate nerds, and not to mock them. It became apparent to me that Prady's statements were based on studio spin. It is common knowledge that when launching or promoting a brand, most public relation experts will advise you to be cautious not to contradict your brand, as you will leave yourself wide open to public scrutiny and ridicule. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady the grand old dukes of spin. It will sooner or later become apparent to Chuck Lorre productions, CBS, and Warner Bros that spin is only effective to a certain point, depending on who your target audiences are. Sophisticated audiences can smell a rotten egg from a far distance.
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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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