Re: RARA-AVIS: noir on tv?

A.N.Smith (
Wed, 15 Sep 1999 22:10:26 -0500

I know there's a bit of excitement about Easy on TV, but does anyone think this is a bad idea? I'm remembering Spencer For Hire.

I mean, make the movies based on the books, but as soon as you try to turn this character into a weekly series type, it's cliche city. He'll lose the punch. He won't be the same--we would expect or want a representation based on the guy we read about, but would probably get someone diluted through Hollywood scriptwriting panels totally devoid of interest in an effort to keep from scaring advertisers ("Mouse can only kill three people this week, and two of them must be clearly evil, or else Gap is pulling their spot.")

Sorry to sound so cynical. Maybe if this were on HBO, I would feel better.

Neil Smith Plots With Guns (

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