Every once in awhile, someone makes a TV show that strikes that magical balance of creative genius AND high ratings. Meanwhile, there are plenty of shows that have one but not the other. In this clip, veteran TV writer Ken Finkleman explains how hard it is to achieve both, and how writing for Hollywood brings with it a completely different set of priorities than writing for Canadian networks.
Ken's on the show tonight, along with The Dictator.
Quotes from this clip:
"The best shows are the shows that really come from point of view. Jon Stewart -- that's his point of view. That's him. That's why I used to love Larry Sanders, 'cause that was his point of view. And that's the reason a lot of people love those shows."
"Listen. I worked in Hollywood, and they'll give you notes like this. You've written the script and they'll say, 'We don't want the female lead to be a blond, 19-year-old cheerleader. We think she should be...a gorilla.'"