Sunday, September 09, 2007
Medicine or Sex Soap?
I don't watch much network TV--most nights if I have time for entertainment at all, I watch a movie or read. The other night, however, I had the TV on while I was doing some work on the computer and I was frankly stunned at what I heard.
And then a friend and I were talking about how medical shows have changed. Do you remember Ben Casey? Dr. Kildare? Marcus Welby? Those shows were about medicine, about illness, about doctors making people better.
But today, look at most medical shows. HOUSE seems to be a bit of an exception, but I hear that Gray's Anatomy, Scrubs, and even ER are now more about who is sleeping with whom than about the sick people and their recovery. Am I mistaken, or is this a fair assessment?
I have found one new show that I really like. Maybe I like it because I'm on a CIA kick at the moment, but I really like BURN NOTICE, a new summer series on USA. It's about a spy who gets "burned" (fired) from his agency, and he has no idea who burned him. The main character, Michael Westin, is cool, smart, and very dry-witted. And he has a meddling mother and brother who keep his life off-balance and interesting. :-) I like the show because right now, at least, it's more about spying than sleeping around. Let's hope it stays that way.
Anyway, just my little rant for the day. I'll climb off my soapbox now.