Glenn Close talked about why she thinks cable television shows are now better than broadcast network shows. She was speaking to reporters soon after winning the lead actress in a drama series for her work in the FX show "Damages."
"When I first did television in the '80s it was a totally different landscape. The place to do really serious, classy work was Hallmark Hall of Fame, and then along came HBO," she said.
"Writers on cable, more often than not, are given much more creative freedom than at networks," Close said. "That's where creative people want to go.
"The best writing, I personally think, are on some of these shows, ours included, which don't work by any formula and are largely character-based and they tell great story. And that has not been the journey of networks."
Bravo Glenn! I second that. Some of the greatest writing in television can be found on the Cable networks. HBO says it best, "It's not TV, it's HBO". The characters are all so dimensional. It's definitely the place for women. Check out TNT with Kyra Sedgewick, Holly Hunter, and Jada Pinkett Smith. This is the time for women in television, and writers are developing these characters like never before. There is so much depth to them.
Practially the Only reason to watch ABC, CBS, and/or NBC is for the news and they are cutting back on that department. The Big 3 are looking more and more like networks to watch low-budget, cheap "reality" talent shows and not much more than that. NCIS and a few other shows are the execption instead of the rule.
Thank goodness for PBS, TCM and cable/satellite channels.
I would much rather watch a series on HBO/Showtime over Network tv any day. They are better shows, no commercials and NOT politically correct. The only thing I don't like is their inconsistencies as to when their "season" is. You never know when they are coming back on. Curb your enthusiasm is a great show, but sometimes they are off for an entire year!
Boy is she right! Shows like Damages, Saving Grace, The Closer, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Shield, etc. not only have broken the snore-fest mold that the big networks use for writing, but actually are compelling character-driven stories which are interesting to watch and tell a story! Finally we are being presented shows that don't have to fit the "sitcom" mold, or the bland network drama mold, or the barf-inducing reality mold, or whatever they force the writers into. Since the cancellation of ER I can't think of one big-net show that I would even consider watching week to week. The sooner the big 3 tank the better off all of us will be.
I completely agree with this statement. She's totally right. Networks disappoint in the creative department. If I watch network television, it's like eating tuna every time. Cable television, like FX, is much more edgy and mind-bending. Damages, Glenn Close's show, is one of the shows that breaks the mold. That's why cable is watched now more than ever. That's were the advertising dollars should be going. These shows actually have huge followings.
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