I get quite few people writing to me asking what I think of the new Fall season (as if I know anything more than anyone else). I'll tell you what I think of it. Same shit, different year. As we wrote about today, some stupid modeling show has been 86'd already, and plenty of shows will follow. The Fall season is a landfill waiting for dump trucks.
Number one, the Jay Leno show sucks. I've watched it twice, and both times it was totally unfunny after the monologue. Unlike a lot of people, I don't worship David Letterman and Conan O'Brien. I think they're great, funny, sharp, different--all those things. But, Leno has his own charm, and voice as well. In short, I'm not a Leno apologist. I like them all for what they are--unique in their own ways, and successful for a reason. I just think that if they were going to move Jay into prime time, just have him do the Tonight Show. All of these stupid skits and things they're doing to kill time are unwatchable. I find it all sad, in a way.
The rest of these new shows--some of them are okay, some of them are horrible--there's just nothing exciting out there. Nothing like, say, an Arrested Development, or an Office, or even 2 1/2 Men. It's just brutal. Every year we hope for something new and different and--it never happens.
As a writer, it's hard because I know some of these people writing these horrible fucking shows and I'm like, this guys has had three horrible shows, why is he still getting a show? It makes you wonder what executives are thinking. If maybe they're like a crazy person who just walks around talking to themselves.
Until networks and studios start sincerely taking chances on new writers, this is what we'll be stuck with folks. The same old shit, different season.