LB: Ken Levine vs. Network Sitcoms

by Larry Brody

Writer-producer-director Ken Levine, best known for his work on M*A*S*H* and Cheers, currently writes wonderful stageplays and what may well be the best TV writing oriented blog in the universe, …by Ken Levine – and, yes, I’m including TVWriter™ among his not quite as good competitors.

Today, Mr. Levine takes on “The current sad state of network sitcoms” and, as usual, hits the ball out of the park. If you love TV, writing, or comedy, and/or have a deep and abiding (or maybe even just a shallow) interest in showbiz itself, today’s post is a must-read.

Of specially importance is his conclusion, so I’m going to quote the entire last paragraph:

Make better sitcoms!  There’s room in your schedules.  Maybe instead of shitty reboots of game shows.  Let’s try some fresh sitcom instead of Anthony Anderson’s mom.  Take a chance.  Yeah, it’s been ten years.  Name me a network pilot in that time that was really FUNNY.   Instead of a moment of silence for sitcoms, how about some CPR?

Re-read this and check out the brilliant lead-up to it HERE

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Author: LB

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world with a career going back to the late ’60s, Larry Brody has written and produced hundreds of hours of American and worldwide television and is a consultant to production companies and networks in the U.S. and abroad . Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys, Writers Guild Awards, and the Humanitas Award.