Take a break from Christmas shopping to check out this week's Friday Questions.
Boomska316 starts us off:
Has there ever been a show, successful or not, about what goes on in a writer's room? Or about the making of a sitcom? It seems like an idea that would've been tried or at least thought of before.
There was the short-lived JACKIE THOMAS SHOW in late 1992 that ended in early 1993. Tom Arnold starred as an obnoxious TV star and the show centered on his writing staff.
At the time, Arnold was married to Roseanne and a lot of the stories were supposedly taken from real life occurrences from her writing staff. But knowing how Roseanne really treated her staff, I imagine the stories were more fiction than non.
By the way, some great people were on that show including Michael Boatman, Maryedith Burrell, and now-director Paul Feig.
Update: And I guess it doesn't go without saying, but THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW.
Do you think the reason the broadcast networks are almost completely overlooked by the Emmys and other awards is because the talent is trying to get some sort of revenge for the nets' micromanaging shows to the point that any life and originality have been sandblasted away?
By talent I’m assuming you mean actors and writer/producers?
I wouldn’t say revenge is the motivating factor. Creative people just gravitate to where they are most appreciated. For years networks still had a stranglehold because they offered a much larger potential audience. But even that isn’t the case any longer.
Actors tend to prefer non-network situations because they’re not obligated to crank out as many episodes. It's less of a commitment. You might make 13 episodes over an eighteen month period for Netflix whereas you’d have to produce 22 episodes over a seven month stretch for a hit network show.
But the real reason movie stars are now doing television? They're getting stupid money for doing these series. That’s a way bigger incentive than revenge.
Is the Los Angeles economy *that* dependent on the entertainment industry? I've heard LA described as a "company town", but I know a number of financial services giabts are based there, as well as some major manufacturing and aerospace firms. I can't imagine the area going belly-up if the studios picked up stakes and moved to another state.
Of course entertainment is not the only industry in Southern California, but it’s a pivotal one.
And finally, from David P:
So, a baseball related Friday question: If you had a ballot, who would you vote for in the HoF this year?
Edgar Martinez, Ivan Rodriguez, Trevor Hoffman, and Vladimir Guerrero.
I’d never vote for Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, or Barry Bonds.
What’s your Friday Question?