I don't watch Starz. There're so many God damned networks now, with so many shows, my DVR's memory card is begging for mercy. Apparently, the network is buying up shows, so if you have an original script or concept, seems like all you have to do is attach an actor's production company, and voila! Two of the original series they have slated for developement/production have Matthew McConaughey and Martin Lawrence attached as producers. Which, if you think about it, is about the most absurd thing in the world. It's one of my biggest pet peeves. Actors producing a show that not's even about them (see: Entourage or Everybody Hates Chris for an example of how it could/should work autobiographically speaking). Are you watching a show because Matthew McConaughey is just producing it? I'm not.
Not that I really want to see a naked bongo episode, either.
Now, that doesn't mean the shows aren't going to be funny. But, we all know what's going on here. We know Starz passed on a bunch of shit that didn't have actors attached. Networks think "star power" is insurance for them. But, it isn't. Courtney Cox's show on FX was terrible and got cancelled. Now she's back on traditional network television--acting--where she probably belongs.
Look, I love that more networks are getting into the scripted biz, but if we're all being honest with ourselves, isn't cable supposed to be daring and different? Call me bitter if you want, but this just annoys the hell out of me.
The one positive thing I can say is, I'm happy for the writers who are getting a chance to make a living. I just wish there were more opportunities out there to do truly original programming.
Not just as a writer--but as a television viewer.