Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Altering Comedy's DNA...

Here's a good article and interview with Hugh Laurie from the Hollywood Reporter about how even though everyone is touting the 'sitcom is dead', it has just, in fact, morphed into a new animal.

In fact, comedy on TV is not on life support even now despite the dire proclamations following last week's broadcast network primetime fall schedule announcements. What's happened is that comedies have morphed into a hybrid state, with hours like "Ugly Betty," "Monk" and "Boston Legal" and even dramas like Fox's "House" rendering all previous labels somewhat antiquated. Comedy hasn't actually expired so much as altered its DNA.

It goes on to ask Laurie his opinion on Emmy nods (or lack thereof) and asks him if House will ever be happy...

"I think it's unlikely. Perhaps that will be the last scene we ever do. House on the doorstep of a rose-covered cottage, his arm around Donna Reed, two moppets scampering at his feet, maybe a Labrador. The camera will pull back and back, a helicopter shot, House and Donna waving, getting smaller and smaller. Then House will pull out a shoulder-launched missile ... there'll be a flash of light, getting bigger and bigger, filling the frame, then blackness. ... That's my pitch."

Funny guy...

I hope Global's The Best Years will be injecting a little more of the 'funny' into its genes...cuz all the ingredients are there to make it to fit into this new hybrid model, if it so chooses.

1 comment:

Kelly J. Compeau said...

Yeah, I like a guy with a quirky sense of humour.

KJC