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NBC rewinds 'Rockford'

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#51 OFFLINE   bicker1


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Posted 22 August 2009 - 05:16 AM

Of course, that show failed both in its "new" varietal, and in its traditional format, so it probably isn't that good of an example.

I bet we could come up with dozens of examples of shows that were "new" (the way we're using the word here) and died from lack of viewership as a result. The American television viewer is notoriously closed-minded, in general.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 05:20 AM

If Will Shakespeare had managed to copyright his works there probably wouldn't be much on TV right now... Reworking and reinventing stories is an age-old tradition.

If someone wants to take a shot at a modern take on a 35 year old TV show, more power to them. All I would ask is that they respect the original and give us some good stories with interesting characters.
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#53 OFFLINE   bicker1


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Posted 22 August 2009 - 06:09 AM

To be fair, even under today's US laws, Mr. Shakespeare's (personal) copyrights would have expired in 1686 (or at the latest, 1736, if there had been such things as corporations back then).

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 08:20 AM

I've got mixed feelings about this - I watch Rockford on HULU quite often and always thought the show was so unique in it's grittyness and lack of glamour / glory. Certainly any new show is going to depend on the actors (Rocky and Dennis are just as important as Jim IMO) but they also need to make sure they have great supporting characters (Angel, Beth, Fitch). I'll probably at least give it a chance when it comes out but I'll be surprised if I ended up liking it.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 10:02 AM

New show: Fringe. Ratings: Excellent.
New show: Big Bang Theory. Ratings: Excellent.

Anyone could argue either of these shows is derivative, pointing to similarities with books, myths, or even other TV series, but the bottom line is these two shows were new - they were not remakes. They were original for TV and that's what I want the networks to do - make more original series.

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