It’s Not the Delivery, It’s the Content

Or, to put it another way, the success of a TV show doesn’t come from the platform it’s on – network, cable, interweb, etc. – it comes from the @$#! writing!!!

Even a website and magazine devoted to serving the broadcasting and cable platforms knows this:


by Michael Malone

Two of the most storied TV producers of this era dished on critical adulation versus mainstream acclaim, with neither Dick Wolf nor Chuck Lorre showing much disappointment that their series don’t get the trophies that the Netflix/HBO stuff does. Speaking at the HRTS “A Conversation With” luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wolf, creator of the Law & Order and Chicago P.D./Fire/Med trilogy, said broadcast and cable (as well as streaming services) are “totally different” worlds.

“We write mass entertainment,” he said. “Network dramas are the big studio movies.”

A hot cable series may do 10 episodes a year, he noted, while he’ll produce 64 combined hours of the three Chicago dramas this year. Working five years to produce 50 episodes, he added, “seems more like a hobby than a business.”

The men were interviewed by Warren Littlefield, former entertainment president of NBC. The session was billed “Building a Kingdom…Then and Now.”

Lorre, creative genius behind Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mom, said he was a dinosaur for shooting in front of a live studio audience. “I think we’ve become the red-headed stepchild,” he said, growing defiant. “Put your comedy in front of 200 people and see if they laugh. It’s really hard. It’s really, really hard.”

He added, “If the material isn’t right, you can hear the 134 Freeway going by….”

Read it all at Broadcasting Cable