Writing Can Be Murder

November 28, 2006

Faith in a writer

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:11 pm

Have you ever read a book/watched a movie/tv show/attended a play where you lost faith in the writer? At some point that niggling doubt creeps into your thoughts screaming, “The writer doesn’t know where the hell they’re going!”.

 I was thinking about that last night. First I watched Heroes (I secretly wonder whether this show drives POV fanatics nuts…I for one enjoy all the hopping around) and then I watched Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. 

I happen to like both shows, so yes, I like the most popular new show of the tv season and I love the show teetering on the verge of cancellation. I like them both because I believe that writers know where they’re going.

 I’m not familiar with the writers of Heroes, so I’m going to stick with The Best Show You’re Not Watching aka Studio 60.

60 is written by Aaron Sorkin — the man is a god. Sure it’s got a top notch cast (Bradley Whitford, Mathew Perry, D.L. Hughley, Timothy Busfield, Steven Weber, etc.) but it’s the writing that lifts it into the stratosphere. But here’s the catch — to get the jokes, or the social commentary or the Oprah-esque AHA! moment you’ve got to pay attention.  Watch an episode from start to finish and you’ll get the payoff, if you don’t pay attention, it’s hard to follow.

I watch every moment (which is amazing because I flip stations with wild abandon — much to the frustration of my husband!). I watch every moment because I have faith that Aaron Sorkin is telling me a story, a good story, a story that doesn’t get lost. I have faith.

 What writers do you have faith in? Which have you lost faith in?



  1. I have faith in Joss Whedon. He hasn’t disappointed me yet. When he comes up with another TV show, you can bet I’ll be there. I lose faith in television writers frequently, as a rule, though. There are just too many ‘jumping the shark’ moments these days. Chris Carter was my first favorite writer to lose it – he managed to turn The X-Files from my all time favorite show to something I can’t even bear to watch repeats of. I suppose in Hollywood, staying true to your ideas is next to impossible, but it would be nice if more writers would at least give it the old college try.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — November 29, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

  2. I agree that Whedon seems to have a vision!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 30, 2006 @ 9:34 am

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