A couple weeks ago I wrote a piece where I bashed the new Jason Statham bomb, in theaters now, for being a very weak effort to draw in money for using a fairly big name action actor, in an already weak plot to make a few more dollars.
Now, we see that it does not stop there…Â it gets worse.
Watching TV the other day, I see an ad for a “new” series called “Roommates”.Â Supposedly about a bunch of people sharing the same apartment in a large city.Â Then all manner of zany antics ensue… bullocks!
OK… I am already not a big fan of sitcoms.Â I have never been able to tolerate programs that take and mentally molest you with things that are supposed to be funny… and to try and sell that point to you, they include a “laugh-track”, so that you can be reminded of the funny parts and remember to laugh yourself.
Examples of programs like this are “Two and a Half Men”, “Frasier” and “Full House” are some examples… ones that I actually had to look up on a list and then think about if I had ever seen an episode or not.Â Most of the time, no… I have not, but I recall a few that Naty liked to watch, and those are the ones I listed.
To be fair… there was one episode of “Frasier” that I watched that was actually funny.Â The only reason that I saw it was it was on while I ate dinner with my wife.Â Otherwise I would not have seen it.Â I tried watching a couple more episodes, but was not impressed.Â I was able to tell everything that was going to happen and even knew how it would end before the show was even a quarter of the way in.
I am sorry.Â I like to be surprised.Â I do not like to be able to figure a program out before the opening credits have finished rolling.Â This is why I like shows like “CSI: Las Vegas”, “CSI: New York” and “The Eleventh Hour”.Â These are all shows that keep you guessing.Â I cannot stand “CSI: Miami” for one reason… yeah… David Caruso.Â He should have ended his career with the role of “Kit Kat” in “Hudson Hawk”.
I digress…Â Almost all sitcoms these days are predictable from the start.Â You know where they are going, what is going to happen and how it is going to happen.Â There is no surprise, no excitement, nothing to look forward to.Â The same is also true of many other programs that are on TV today, but I think this is more-so with sitcoms.
Now… back to my original example… the new program called “Roommates”.Â I have never seen “Friends”, but I suspect that there is not much to that show beyond what I have been accosted with by the previews and the coming attractions spots they show on TV… you know, the little segments that start with “On the next exciting episode of Friends… so and so meets who’s a what’s its and they fall into a thing-a-ma-jig.”Â Then they proceed to show you a thirty-second spot of the show.
Looking at the preview for “Roommates”, I suspect that someone found a box of leftover “Friends” scripts that never got used, renamed it and ran with a new series.
Problem is that there are idiots out there that are dumb enough to watch it and not realize that they are watching the television version of vomit.Â Something that was filtered through the system, set aside, forgotten, filed, refiled, forgotten again, thrown away, used as a birdcage liner, then placed on the desk of some washed out producer with nothing better to do than make a show out of it.Â Face it… this is “Friends” with a new cast, fresh coat of ugly paint and a different set of names.
Creativity, in Hollywood, is gone.Â I am not sure where it went, exactly, but it is gone.Â I can only assume it might be prostituting itself on some dark corner on a back street in Bangkok or someplace of equally poor reputation.
We will be subjected to shows like “24”, “Roommates”, “House”, “Two and an half men” and <enter your favorite sitcom here>
I will stick with the History Channel and Discovery Channel.