TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Comments by CBS TV President

Comments by CBS TV President
7 Sep 2005 10:30:51 -0700

The New York Times Magazine has a writeup on the new president of CBS.
In it he says:

[The president of CBS] had decided to take a once-promising show called
'Joan of Arcadia' off the air. The show was about a teenager who
receives directives and advice straight from God. "In the beginning,
it was a fresh idea and uplifting, and the plot lines were engaging,"
Moonves said, sounding a little sad and frustrated. "But the show got
too dark. I understand why creative people like dark, but American
audiences don't like dark. They like story. They do not respond to
nervous breakdowns and unhappy episodes that lead nowhere. They like
their characters to be a part of the action. They like strength, not
weakness, a chance to work out any dilemma. This is a country built on


I thought he made a good point. I watched that show and liked it in
the first season, but it did get too dark and complex in the second

The article discusses the possible breakup of Viacom into smaller,
more specialized companies. Another good idea.

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