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#41 Jun 4, 2009
Thanks, Rena. Considering I barely remember any of the series you mention, my thoughts on Wolf were pretty much dead on. You take somebody like Stephen J. Cannell, who ruled the 80s with varied shows (not all of them great...actually, only a few of them great), then compare him to Wolf, who can't seem to do anything beyond a very narrow niche, and I see why networks tend not to be fond of him. Sure, Law & Order is a giant, but when his other shows all seem to be chocolate chip cookies with different flavors of chips, one gets tired of eating cookies.
Actually, that was a horrible analogy. I would never get tired of eating cookies.:P
#42 Jun 5, 2009
...especially not chocolate chip cookies!:)
#43 Jun 5, 2009
Rena forgot to mention ABC's "L.A. Dragnet" on Dick Wolf's resume of short-lived projects. And let's not forget his stab at a Court-TV style show, "Law And Order: Trial By Jury."
Most of his series have been either set in his "Law And Order" continuity or similar to it. That's a limitation, admittedly, but David E. Kelley has been telling the same stories his entire career, and there is a certain sameness to the Jerry Bruckheimer TV portfolio, so it's not as though replicating your success is a barrier to Hollywood dealmaking.
#44 Jun 5, 2009
True. Originality and uniqueness gets about as much play in Hollywood these days as Erasure does on a classic rock channel on the radio.
(For non-fans, Erasure was a Euro/synth-pop band that was somewhat popular for a year or two in the late 80s...definitely not Van Halen or AC/DC, hence the sarcastic analogy.)
#45 Jun 6, 2009
The point I was striving to make is that the networks seem for the most part intent on replicating failure and give a lot of money to producers who have never delivered for them.
If NBC wasn't paying millions to keep David Eick into the fold, I'd understand a little more feuding with Dick Wolf, but when your anointed producers keep producing shows that fail again and again on all levels, maybe it would behoove them to show a little bit more respect for actual success...
#46 Jun 6, 2009
You're welcome. Cannell was a giant that truly deserved the accolades by bringing in the viewers again and again.
I'd also mention Don Bellisario, who may have one of the greatest batting averages ever.
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