Here comes our fourth entry in our new comic strip series Connect Them All. In Connect Them All, every film and TV property in existence takes place within the same shared universe. Whether linked by an actor, a setting, an item, or any other possible connecting tissue, Connect Them All will explore the connections between various shows and movies.
This week we are moving a little outside of our normal approach, in order to address a concern we have been expressing about network television. When the networks revealed their new slat of shows, a few weeks back, we were distressed by a common theme we identified. An interesting male character, teamed up with a hot female cop, to solve crimes, and provide sexual tension. This is nothing new, it has been an overused formula in TV for decades. What is more troubling, however, is the use of strong intellectual properties as the basis for the “interesting” male character aspect. Coming up this year we have a continuation of the beloved film Minority Report (which itself was based on a Philip K. Dick story), a re-imaging of Frankenstein (what is with all the Frankenstein stuff now anyways?), and perhaps most troubling, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer (a spin-off of his famous Sandman comics). All of these ideas have been network-ified into this very tired and generic formula. After watching all of the major trailers for the networks I walked away rather depressed. Thankfully, we live in a time in which the networks are far from the only game in town. With Internet services like Netflix and Amazon, and cable channels like HBO and AMC, we have a lot of great content still on the way. Unfortunately this seems to have pushed networks towards even safer concepts than before. Will we ever get another LOST or another Firefly, perhaps, though probably not on network TV.
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