As "24" begat "Prison Break" and "Vanished" (which did, quickly by the way) and Kidnapped (on NBC)...
So did "House" begat "Bones" (the rare exception) and now "Lie To Me" (the jury is still out) and barreling down on us now is "Mental".
Does it ever make you guys a little sad out there in Viewerland to see how the suits in Hollywood view you? As lemmings who, once their taste has been identified by the high ratings you produce for a given television show, can be easily lead to watch any assortment of knock offs that boil that original idea to its most basic ingrediants and spit them out at you in the most cynical and mass produced form imaginable.
Sad enough to not leap at it just like they predicted you would?
Sometimes you do...sometimes you don't.
It just illustrates that age old saying about show business...its a business. Run by suits, trying to
make a buck. Not a thing gets made in Hollywood that someone doesn't believe will make money.
Which makes the Heath Ledger's Joker in "The Dark Knight" all the more sad and poignant. When he chides "All you care about is money. This city needs a better class of criminal" The Joker realizes that no matter how much of a rebel you believe yourself to be as long as its all in pursuit of money, you're still playing the same game.
I have accepted that show business is a business. I just find myself wishing they, that's the people in charge, would care just a little bit that it not show so much. That they could be a little less obvious when trotting out
copy after copy of whatever most recent hit made them their most recent buck.
Not because I see it as manipulative but because it reveals the pathetic desperation of the business they are in.I want to be fooled here. That's the real heart of fiction...professional liars convincing you so utterly of things that never were. I want the wool pulled over my eyes.
So...to all the "Suits" out there running the networks...If you're gonna do a knock off, can you please...just do it so elegantly, so expertly that I never even notice. That's really all I ask.
In essence, "Hollywood needs a better class of liar". Can you give us one? Step up your game a bit?
Do ya have that in you fellas?