Some thoughts after this show:
I would have found it interesting to hear you talk about a show like Bored to Death and comedies in general. Bored to Death's premise is that a fictionalized version of the author Jonathan Ames solves his writer's block by solving mysteries, film-noir style in Brooklyn.Ostensibly, the genre is one of fear and uncertainty, but rather than a world of monsters, the show places its neurotic characters in a world in which things are basically ok, and the characters can find safety in each others' company. For those of us young adults (young men specifically) who sometimes find modern, urban life scary, not comforting, and, yes, boring, I appreciate a show that celebrates an urban space like Brooklyn and puts intimate, loyal friendships between men of different generations front and center. Indeed, it's interesting that the show also shows the listlessness of middle-aged success in the character portrayed by Ted Danson... who has run out of ideas and yearns for adventure and connection.This broadcast of On Being, like the last with Diane Winston, focuses so much on the, admittedly quite wonderful, very dark and gritty television shows being produced right now. With the short discussion of reality TV and Enlightened, what else do some of the light-hearted programs currently being produced say about society. What about a show like Glee which I don't care for but which is its own kind of phenomenon. What about women-lead sit-coms like 30 Rock and Parks and Rec?
Lastly, just an interesting note: Mike White and his dad Mel, who Winston references in the interview, are reality show superstars. They were a team on two seasons of the Amazing Race and shared their unique story throughout.
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