The Ten Commandments of TV

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    EWiser

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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Thirteenth Commandment: Get the number of commandments right. ;)
     
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    EWiser

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    Wow you took the hook. Of coarse you read it.
     
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    Hcour

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    Article title should be "Really Really Obvious Commandments of TV". I mean "A CONCEPT IS ONLY AS GOOD AS ITS EXECUTION"? Wow, that's very insightful.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    But considering all the badly-executed shows that keep popping up, I guess it still needs to be said? ;)
     
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    astrohip

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    I used to read The Masked Scheduler years ago. I always found his blog posts insightful and entertaining. And then they just stopped. So I removed him from my "check to see if any new posts" routine. Glad to see he's back.

    He actually talks about this in a blog post right before the one you linked...
    Revenge of the Masked Scheduler: HERE'S WHY MY ORIGINAL BLOG GOT SHUT DOWN
     
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    wmcbrine

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    I only know the three rules for making a movie for teenagers:

    1. Defy authority
    2. Destroy property
    3. Take people's clothes off
     
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    Howie

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    Don't be so rough on the guy.
     
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    I don't know - I think he showed real grit.
     
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  11. That Don Guy

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    Here's one that is forgotten on occasion:
    You can reinvent the wheel - but you can't reinvent the same wheel (or: Cousin Oliver is Not a Brady)
    There is a risk of having a show where the kids play a major part; the kids grow up, and then the show is no longer about what made it good. Leave It to Beaver ended when Wally and Beaver were no longer "cute kids." The Brady Bunch tried introducing Cousin Oliver. Eight is Enough tried it with Jeremy to fill the "high school" gap once Tommy graduated. Diff'rent Strokes? Sam. (I'm not familiar enough with My Three Sons to know what effect Ernie and Dodie had.)
    There's only one way around this - and it's why neither Pebbles Flintstone nor Bart Simpson aged. (Well, Pebbles did from being born to about one year old, but that's about it. In fact, when NBC brought The Flintstones back in the mid-1970s (this was after CBS's The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show, which put them in high school), it tried making Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm pre-teens (IIRC, the first episode had them on competing Little League teams), but quickly made them infants again.)
     

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