Writers’ Guild Not Earning Its Due

by Venomous Kate

Between this past year’s movie releases and the network prime time lineups, I feel absolutely zero sympathy for the striking Writers’ Guild. Seriously, when was the last time any of the movie studios or networks managed to come out with a season full of fresh, original concepts?

Well over half of the movies we’ve seen in the last year are simply reworked versions of flicks from my childhood or sequels to movies we intentionally skipped before.

And on television? It’s one reality show after another: Surivivor, American Idol, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and now… American Gladiator, which both qualifies as something out of my childhood and a reality show, too.

Which kind of makes me wonder just why on earth there’s a writer’s strike in the first place. Do they even HAVE writers in Hollywood anymore?

5 Comments to “Writers’ Guild Not Earning Its Due”

  1. Seriously, when was the last time any of the movie studios or networks managed to come out with a season full of fresh, original concepts?

    As far as I can tell from watching TCM… the 1930’s were the time of original movies – nearly everything since then has been a rewrite and update. Heh.

  2. I think you’re right, Teresa, although there were a few good ones as late as the late 50s. After all, we wouldn’t want to exclude White Christmas!

  3. I am fond of saying that there hasn’t been an original idea in Hollywood since 1940-something. That’s not just writers I’m talking about, either.

  4. LOL – well, I did say “nearly”.

  5. True, and we’re both of an age where we know darned well that 20 years or so doesn’t mean squat.

    Margi: you’re right. Let’s face facts, it’s the studios and their bean-counters who keep calling for reruns of the same crap that succeeded years ago.

    But that’s part of what chaps my hide. When translated it means they’re hoping to cash in on my 40-something nostalgia by seducing me into making my 7 y/o son watch a rehash of a show/movie that once meant something to me.

    Got news for Hollywood: my memory is better than yours is. If I want to remember something, I’ll just think about it. If that doesn’t work, I’ll rent the DVD.

    But I will NOT shell out $11 per person (nor tune in nor waste DVR space) for something I’ve already seen, and probably with FAR better actors.

    Duh.