Archive for February, 2009

Room for Debate: Do We Need Really Network TV?

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

As an adjunct to the article that ran this morning about network television’s struggles to remain viable in a time of declining ratings and plummeting profits, the New York Times invited me, along with three other media experts, to comment on the topic as part of its Room for Debate blog. I was asked to provide a few quick thoughts on how older cultural touchstones such as The Rockford Files compare to other pop culture staples on cable TV and other forms of popular entertainment today. Is this the death knell for network programming as we know it today? What made Rockford different from current shows such as The Closer, The Sopranos, E/R and Lost, or is there any difference at all?

Read my comments, along with those of Christopher RosenElayne Rapping, and my friend Bob Thompson by clicking on the link below:

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/how-network-tv-brought-america-together/

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