12.14.2005

What's the matter with TV

Today we had trouble breaking episodes in the room (i.e. thinking of stories), because we didn't have our showrunner, because he was on the phone fighting off notes from the executives telling him to take out jokes from an episode we'd shot, because the jokes were be too mean.

Let us grant the incorrect premise of the executives and say that their notes would make the episode, what, 5% better. Even so, it's at the expense of the future, yet-unplanned show. That show is some unknown percentage worse, because the showrunner's energies are devoted to beating back notes.

Often executives behave as if show creators' time and energy were not zero-sum, while they make it negative-sum, by sucking the energy out of them.

1 comment:

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