Re: RARA-AVIS: Radio

Date: 12 Mar 2010

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    Is cable the Gold Medal of television?

    Bill Crider

     depends. there's basic cable, there's premium cable and there are basic channels with aspirations for premium programming. cables are niche programmers and depending on their niche can cater to the esoteric or the juvenile, whatever their chosen demographic may be. networks are broadcasters, so by definition have to try and attract the largest audience possible. the most critically lauded shows on tv are Mad Men and Breaking Bad on basic AMC. their audience for first run episodes are around 1 million viewers. by way of contrast, I had a tv movie which was to be the first of a series air on CBS in the mid-90s that was watched by over 16 million. while that's a respectable number today, back then it didn't justify the network producing the next movie, which they had already paid me to write

    John Lau


     Truth is only for the brave



    -----Original Message----- From: Bill Crider <> To: Sent: Fri, Mar 12, 2010 7:38 am Subject: RARA-AVIS: Radio

    Speaking of things noir, the radio shows of the late '40s and early '50s were very dark stuff, indeed. Shows like "The Whistler" and "Suspense" and
    "Inner Sanctum" and many others had plenty of doomed protagonists whom nobody could love, and most of them met bad ends. I've been listening to a lot of these old shows on satellite radio. If you did a series like any of these shows today, it would have to be on cable. Is cable the Gold Medal of television?

    Bill Crider

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