Intro for June 21, 2013
So it’s not Windermere. And it’s also not Kleopatra. As promised, a name nerd discussion about not-Windermere or Kleopatra West is forthcoming. You know what I was hoping it would be? So much so that I put in on TV on CTV Vancouver morning news all this week: AnaKonda. Thrown down to the beat of Kanye’s Monster.
Duana and I received a very strong response to the Scandal homework assignment post yesterday -- thank you for your emails and tweets. Many of you wrote saying that you’d no idea what Duana meant by her Shonda Rhimes reference. This reminded me of a new book I was just sent called Difficult Men (Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad) by Brett Martin, in part examining how quality programming has shifted from the networks to the premium cable channels, ushering in a new “golden age” of television, led by a “new breed of auteur”, and thereby making The Showrunner a celebrity unto himself. (“Himself” because, unfortunately, from what I can tell so far, only male showrunners are featured, which speaks to Duana’s point about Shonda Rhimes yesterday -- she not only doesn’t get enough credit for what she’s accomplished, she’s still a joke for some people.)
But my point is, over the last 10 to 15 years or so, many of us watch TV knowing so much more than just what we’re watching. We know about the writers’ room. We know about the deals. We know about casting. We know about The Showrunner. Can we separate the knowing -- especially what we know about The Showrunner, the David Chases, the Matthew Weiners -- from the watching? It used to be that we just waited for the show to start, not knowing anything except for what happened last week. I realised yesterday in reading your messages that some of you still do. But for those of you who don’t -- do you miss that?
On that note -- the Mad Men Season 6 finale airs on Sunday. And then we wait for next year, when Mad Men comes to end in Season 7. You want to know if someone jumps out the window? Matthew Weiner talked to Vanity Fair about it. The link is here. How many of you will click? (I did.)
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,