Friday, December 19, 2008

IT'S LIKE BEING IN VAUDEVILLE IN THE '60S! Our good friend Alan Sepinwall has an op-ed in today's NYT on the state of the television network, which concludes:
[T]he networks are Wile E. Coyote running off a cliff. So long as they pump their legs and assume there’s solid ground beneath their feet, they get to keep moving. But as soon as one of them gives up and looks at where it is, as NBC has with the Jay Leno deal, there’s nowhere to go but way, way down.
Still, one would hope that this is good news for television critics, who are more needed than ever in helping viewers sort out all the options which exist, multiplied not only by the number of channels creating quality tv but by the year-round cycle of introducing new programming. But as was noted to me earlier today, one still needs a viable media platform from which to speak such criticism, and with newspapers being in the shape that they are ...

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