by maryann johanson, liberal movie person
Tue May 17 2016, 03:06pm | 14 comments
Meanwhile CBS drops the new Nancy Drew show pilot because it’s “too female”: http://deadline.com/2016/05/drew-pilot-dead-cbs-shopped-1201756288/
Whoever said that should be fired. Even if he thought it, there are plenty of other excuses that don’t make CBS sound like the Old People Network it’s so desperately tried to stop being. Like “the entire point of Nancy Drew is that she’s a teenage detective, so why turn her into just another cop show protagonist” or “how about some stories about characters that are less than 85 years old”.
And CBS is doing a MacGyver remake. Because CBS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt8E6X6-744
He works for the government now. Because if there’s one thing CBS knows how to do, it’s procedural cop show. Everything must become procedural cop show.
About 30 years ago, James W. Fry came up with a formula to create a TV show. You just fill in the blanks with any words that come to mind: “He’s a ____________. She’s a ___________. They’re detectives.”
Now that formula is starting to look really imaginative. Now we get “Nancy Drew/MacGyver/Tom Selleck is a cop.”
But then, Bryan Fuller took those formulas and gave us Pushing Daisies and Hannibal.
I can’t remember where it comes from, but “Cop/Not-a-Cop” has had a lot of play recently. And I’m particularly fond of the variant of that known as “The Adventures Of Mr. Superabilities And Detective Ladyskeptic“.
This new MacGyver doesn’t seem to have the flustered charm of the original; I don’t remember the character being quite so smug and bro-ish. And I wonder if they’ll keep the catchy original theme song, or if it’s going to be Inception-BRRRAAAMMs all the way.
I guess they’re respecting the tradition of MacGyver having bad haircuts?
They could at least have made MacGyver a woman with a bad haircut, so there’d be one interesting thing about the show. I hear Sarah Shahi is available for the next reboot of MacGyver.
Yeah, the first time we see his face it’s a smug grin. Not a good start.
Hopefully one of these shows can still make it to the screen.
Well, that looks supergeneric.
I don’t remember the character being quite so smug and bro-ish.
He certainly wasn’t.
Too female? For the same TV network that once gave us Murphy Brown and The Mary Tyler Show? Times have changed — unfortunately.
I guess someone better not tell that guy about Madam Secretary…
Anyway, a 21th century version of Nancy Drew has already been done. It’s called Veronica Mars…
But even Veronica Mars is almost 10 years old now.
But it was a lot more promising than the proposed Nancy-Drew-as-a-cop show that RogerBW mentioned.
True. But Hannibal was based on a successful series of novels and movies and enjoyed some moderate success. PD was based on an original idea — and barely lasted two seasons.
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