The last few weeks, I've been seeing more and more critics going after the Hollywood creative minds supposedly not being able to innovate enough for them.
As I do have the opportunity to talk with writers, their agents and read spec scripts like few people do in the country, I feel like I should make this clear. Creative minds are innovating more than ever, you are just not ready for it. I'm not going to debate about this, facts are here: Surviving Suburbia, the dumbest show of the new season is settling for over ten million viewers, According to Jim is in its fourth season, Friday Night Lights barely made it last season, and the list goes on.
Next season, more than any other years, all those scripts looked very similar, not because writers met up and decided they should all write about the same thing, but because it is common knowledge that everyone would rather watch some soon to be ten years old TV shows like Desperate Housewives or Two And A Half Men rather than to give a try to Chuck or even Dollhouse.
Do you think they are having fun getting cancelled after 10 episodes? Joss Whedon, Victor Fresco, Paul Feig, John Wells, Bryan Fuller, are some of the best writers out there that never or struggled to keep their show on air for more than ten episodes. Is it their fault? No. Is it the execs fault? No, well, yes, they shouldn't have overestimate America.
Maybe if there were fewer people watching idiotic shows like Surviving Suburbia (it makes me angry just to write it), Chuck ratings wouldn't look so bad. Stop the "Watch Chuck" campaign, do the "Stop Watching Bad TV" campaign, it'll work better.
Networks are done innovating, finding new talents; they now are working with people they know and ordering scripts about families having laughable problems. And you know what, you have no one to blame but yourselves.
PS: When I say you, I don't mean you, my readers, you guys are cool (as long as you didn't watch Surviving Suburbia.