It's funny, in high school and in college, I watched a lot of television; but it was at the movie theater that I had the most fun. Those unique stories were a lot more entertaining than the weekly sitcom; Seinfeld, notwithstanding. And here I am, a working man, father, with only a few hours at night spent at home and less time available for the movie theater on weekends; and I'm paying more attention to television than before. Not that I religiously watch it all the time, but that I'm aware of the big shows and the new shows coming on.
Tonight I noticed 2 very interesting things: 1. "Andy Barker, P.I." was created & produced by Conan O'Brien, obviously for Andy Richter. And there are signs of Conan's comedy all over the place, especially the ending (which was really the best part of the show). 2. "Raines" was created & written by Graham Yost, and the pilot was directed by Frank Darabont.
Very interesting, and not once was any of this information used in the marketing & publicity of these shows. Conan O'Brien is a late-night talk show host who used to write for SNL. He's got the comedic talent and knows his former cohort, Richter, very well. That's a great combo. "Raines" from the writer of "Speed" and the director of "The Shawshank Redemption." Yost won an emmy for writing on "Band of Brothers" and Darabont directed an Academy Award Nominated film. These are high credentials. Although, Darabont hasn't directed a feature film in a very long time....now that I think about it, Jeff Goldblum hasn't really been in the public eye in a very long time as well.
So, it seems like I'm not the only one slowly moving from film to television. Did I mention I lost our company Oscar pool? I bet I'll win this year's Emmy's.