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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

because stale leftovers are sooo yummy

The endless parade of remakes of old TV series is destined to continue for the foreseeable future, according to Bill Carter in The New York Times:

Among the most prominent projects under consideration as new series next fall are these familiar names: “The Rockford Files” on NBC; “Charlie’s Angels” on ABC; and “Hawaii Five-O” on CBS.

That is another way of saying it is only natural to turn to familiar titles because they attract attention. The question is whether the series that result will attract viewers.

The track record does more than suggest not: it screams not. In the history of network television, no remake of a previous hit series has ever become a hit itself on network television.

Or because it’s not just creativity that’s dead in Hollywood: it’s simple business smarts, too.

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.



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