The Good Guys

The Good Guys, the new cop comedy from Fox, is showing in my Seattle hotel room as I write this.  A month ago I argued that this show has no place in contemporary culture and therefore no hope of success.  (My assumption, unless you are have made contact with culture, your chances of making contact … Continue reading The Good Guys

Calling all CCOs: how good is your gut?

Next week, Fox will launch a cop show called The Good Guys.  (It previews May 19th. The series starts June 7.) Outwardly, things looks fine.  The producer is Matt Nix, who recently triumphed with Burn Notice. Its stars Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford, able actors to be sure. Plus Fox is good at making good … Continue reading Calling all CCOs: how good is your gut?

Being Human, US and UK versions

I am a big fan of Being Human, the US version, that recently appeared on SyFy.   It’s a wonderful “what if.” What if there was a vampire, werewolf, and a ghost living in a house together?  I have to say that my initial response was puzzlement.  As in, “um, er, I don’t know. What … Continue reading Being Human, US and UK versions

Harry’s Law: flourish or fail?

One test of our knowledge of contemporary culture: can we predict whether an innovation will flourish or fail? For the record, then, I believe Harry’s Law, the show that debuted last night on NBC, will fail. The debut suggests I may be wrong.  Harry’s Law got at 7.5 rating / 12 share, putting it ahead … Continue reading Harry’s Law: flourish or fail?

Spielberg: 1, Harvard: 0

Hollywood used to know what Americans wanted. Then came the new diversity of moving-going taste and preference. Hollywood was in trouble. In the words of Tom Hanks: “Nobody has any idea why people are going to see a movie. Nobody knows what’s going to be a hit or what’s going to be irrelevant. There are … Continue reading Spielberg: 1, Harvard: 0