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January 13, 2011

If you are like me (and I assume you are at least a little bit since you are here) you won’t read just any old blog.  The writer better have some foundation for his/her ideas.  After all, you don’t want travel tips from someone who has never left his mother’s basement or purchasing advice from the #1 manufacturer.

So why read my blog about television?  Well, for starters, I’ve worked in development and production for many years.  I’m a member of the Directors Guild of America, the craft union that represents film and television directors and their teams.  I’m actively involved with the local production community.  And I really love television!

My personal tastes are not always in line with the mainstream.  I love high-rated “The Good Wife” (especially Alan Cummings, Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry… oh, heck I love just about everyone in that cast), but despite liking martinis,  I reluctantly admit that I haven’t developed a taste for “Mad Men.”  However, I like to think that my time in project and script development helps me identify what works beyond my own likes and dislikes.  “Men” put AMC on the series television map, influenced fashion, and spawned some pretty terrific fan parties.  So while I don’t have a season pass, I can fully appreciate its artistry and appeal.

I have also, on occasion, found TV to be highly educational.  Just ask my mother how I saved a litter of kittens by putting Chanel #5 on my cat’s nose and a drop on each of her rejected babies (a tip I picked up from a highly rated family sit-com.)

As for my knowledge of streaming media and newer forms of entertainment, I’m certified in computer programming and systems analysis.  I wish I could tell you that I foresaw the convergence of broadcast and the Internet, but I was really looking to leave long production days behind and live a more stable life.  The company that produced the show I was stage managing was computerizing their production process and I was able to slip behind the scenes while remaining involved.  So while my favorite place to watch television remains my living room and my favorite device is an actual television set, I am excited about the expansion of viewing possibilities and look forward to their ongoing perfection.

“Remote Possibilities” will be written from this place of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm.  So don’t touch that dial.  (You know what I mean.)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. blueskies118 permalink
    January 14, 2011 9:04 pm

    I too am a big fan of Good Wife and it took me long time to get into Mad Men (although born in 1960, I have not-too-fond memories of being treated similarly as a female in my generation). But with full disclosure I am a Gin martini person — love the smell of evergreen. I, too, have views on cable’s interjection into tv viewing and would love to hear yours. I’m fascinated with the in-roads TNT, USA, FX, AMC and SyFy (or however they spell it now) have made. I have trouble remembering which night what show is on, but am thankful for dvr (what does that say about me?).

    • January 29, 2011 6:22 pm

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with being thankful for the DVR. I am dreadfully attached to mine. Networks still move shows to different nights or take them off altogether for several weeks. Don’t let them make you think it’s just you!

  2. Paul Martin permalink
    January 29, 2011 3:40 pm

    I’m trying to figure out how much “Mad Men” , “The Good Wife” and my personal favorite, “World War Two in Color” have in common. I just love old cannons, tanks and stuff blowing up, (but now in color! )

    Thanks Cath, for your insights! I might have to get back into Network TV one of these days…

    • January 29, 2011 6:10 pm

      Television viewing is like wine tasting: the most important thing is to find what you like. And these days we have a tremendous range to choose from. That’s what makes determining what a majority of people will want to “drink” next such a challenge.

      I’m not out to convert anyone, but I’m pleased that you are keeping an open mind about what television’s fictional stories might hold for you. Even if you really love Chardonnay, it can be a blast to mix things up with a little Petite Syrah, if you know what I mean. And no one can deny stuff blows up on “Mad Men” and “The Good Wife” although the explosions in question will look different from what you are used to.

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