"I can't produce premium shows like 'CSI' without advertising."
—Les Moonves makes a terrible, terrible argument in favor of advertising-supported "content."
CSI is a "premium show" !?!?!?
In entertainment industry-speak "premium" means "expensive." Not "elegantly crafted" or "of highest quality," just "this garbage costs a boatload to crank out, and if even one more actor asks for and receives a producer credit, we're going to need two boatloads."
The first, say, six seasons of C.S.I. are really good — tightly written, compellingly acted (especially William Petersen and Paul Guilfoyle), beautifully shot. It's just a tier below Homicide and NYPD Blue and the best seasons of Law & Order, as network police procedurals go.
@max bread Quit trolling, bro.
@max bread hahahaha. i've watched the shit out of some CSI in my day but to compare it to homicide, early era law & order, or even, gulp, nypd blue is laughable in the sense that those 3 shows actually made some modest attempt to depict police work that was somewhere in the vague vicinity of reality.
"hey guys, we got fully funded again, we can keep making life size models and continue to stage reenactments of every crime that ever happens within city limits. no cost is too great, do your thing. the only thing they wouldn't approve were light bulbs, they never seem to approve more light bulbs." – no police department ever
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There is no "I" in team, Les.
I wonder what the actual producers of CSI think of Les Moonves' produceral role.
@skahammer I'm sure the actual producers of CSI scarcely give it a thought. What with depositing all their very large checks from the network, based partially on advertising dollars.
Oh sure, make fun, but you try supporting Caruso's sunglasses budget for the Miami version (that's still on, right?), and then let's see who's laughing.
"Sensitive to viewers' allergic reactions to ads, shows such as CBS' "The Good Wife" sometimes run more than 10 minutes without a commercial."
Oh, hey. Let's make television entertainment as painful as possible. Because that's what really draws viewers.
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