THE MOVIES ARE GOOD FOR TELEVISION?!?
I could say that I took time off for the holidays–which is true–but the driving reason for the hiatus of GonzoBLOG is that there wasn’t much out there that I saw as orbit-changing for the planet or that I could add anything of significance.
But I am back and besides observing that it looks like 2013 may be better advertising-wise, I believe that the recordbreaking box office for the movie industry–in the billions for 2012 (number of seats were up also) seems to be helping the TV industry as well.
The cost of a 30 on ABC’s Academy Awards Show is pushing toward 1.8 mil and late-comers may have to pay 2.0, which means audience estimates are up as well, the juxtaposition of “Lincoln” the movie and “The Abolitionists” the PBS mini-series seems to be timed to work together, and the fact that the “reality” craze is finally giving way, thankfully, to scripted fair on the tube all seem, to me, to be signs that movies will begin to influence television programming as they once did – as examples, “M.A.S.H.”, “ Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (Mel’s Diner).
We see that cable has been, for the most part, immune to the success and hype of the reality shows. I believe this to be a function of the quality of programming being closer to theatrical fair as opposed to the “Beverly Hillbillies” level of entertainment. That does not say there aren’t bad movies. There are plenty of those. They just don’t hang around as long as the vapid TV fair.
Movies are better than ever and it looks like it may be rubbing off on the tube.
Happy New Year!