Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. The Weakest Link. Survivor.
These Darwinian shows soon may be even more prevalent on television, for better or for worse, if Hollywood’s writers go on strike as early as next week. Imagine life without Sex in the City, ER or Friends. We’d actually have to talk to each other in prime time. Television writers want more credit and compensation for reruns of their work but network moguls proclaim they can fill the airwaves without writers’ talents with additional segments of Boot Camp, Eco Challenge and Chains of Love.
With half the nation glued to the boob tube on any given night is that what we really want on our menu? Perhaps we should give the box the boot. We’re disconnecting your TV here, on The Connection.
(Hosted by Alex Beam)
Chris Albers, chief writer of the Conan O’Brien Show in New York
Tom Shales, Pulitzer Prize winning TV critic for the Washington Post
Peter Bart, the Los Angeles-based editor in chief of Variety
Frank Vespe, executive director of the Washington-based TV-Turnoff Network