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Dear writers

Posted by Chance on October 29, 2007

Dear writers of Scrubs,

For some reason, every show feels like they have to have an on-again, off-again relationship between two main characters. I think Who’s the Boss started this, and was popularized by Friends Ross and Rachel. Consequently, so many sitcoms feel that they have to pursue this formula. Some shows still do this well, like The Office‘s Jim and Pam. But those two have a chemistry; there is absolutely none with J.D. and Elliot. They are more like best friends. Having two co-stars get involved is okay, but they have to click in order to have a real relationship. I feel like Scrubs is simply putting the two together because they happen to work at the same place. It’s predictable. Why not do something totally out of the norm, like people not getting together solely because they are two young costars on the show?

And what is up with people only dating those they work with? Why does a doctor have to date another doctor? What about the pizza girl/guy? I’m just not sure if the majority of America dates and marries the person they work with. And why does every member of the family have to work the same occupation? Alias did this to the extreme. Sydney, of the CIA, has a dad who is in the CIA, and has a mom who used to work the CIA (but ended up being a double agent), she had an unknown half-sister who works for some foreign intelligence group, whose dad happened to work for the CIA, and Sydney marries a guy who works for the CIA, whose dad used to work for the CIA…this is getting ridiculous…. I work on software. If everytime I had a conversation with my wife, sister, sister’s husband, long-lost brother, secret father of mine, and it involved whether or not C++ or Java is a better programming language, I would move to the forest.

Dear writers of The Office,
You are about to suffer from Steve Urkel syndrome. Family Matters used to be a somewhat heartwarming show spotlighted on a variety of characters (not that it was really a great show to begin with). They had the nerdy guy who everyone liked, and, in typically fashion of writers who milk things for all they are worth, basically turned it into the Steve Urkel show. You are doing the same with Steve Carr\ell’s character, Michael Scott. Instead of the show staying true to its origins, a comedy with somewhat real people in a documentary type scenario, the show has become a “what crazy things will Michael do in this episode?” You have a great cast, use them.

Dear producers of The Next Great American Band,
Kudos to having a long overdue show on actual bands who write their own stuff and cover something other than Destiny’s Child. But, c’mon, having a critic who is an outspoken British guy, how original.

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2 Responses to “Dear writers”

  1. Michael Westmoreland-White said

    What I find amazing is that you watch enough TV to care about this crap.

    What about books? Serious journals? Spending time with family and friends?

    They don’t call it the “boob tube” for nothing, you know.

  2. Chance said

    Michael,
    I don’t like being judged and evaluated on how I spend my time. You have no idea how much time I spend watching TV vs. spending time with family. The truth is, I probably do spend a little too much time watching TV, but I tend to think other families don’t do things perfect as well, yet I don’t judge them. Thank you for your opinion, but if it involves anything at all to do with my family and how I interact with them, keep it to yourself.

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