TV is totally the new film. Budgets are through the roof, all the best characters actors are migrating there and it’s a writer’s medium. I’m currently watching Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Breaking Bad – all three are astonishingly good shows, leaving you reeling at their boldness and tonal gymnastics. We are spoilt for good TV right now.
So why do I keep checking the TV schedules to see when Supernatural and True Blood are returning to British TV? Why am I still watching Arrow? Why do The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf have such passionate fanbases?
I guess the answer to all of those questions could be ‘shirtless men’, but I have more faith in fans (and my own taste) than that. The real answer is obvious: Everyone loves a bad boy.
Excellent TV – basically anything made by HBO or AMC – is perfect. It’s the Ryan Gosling of the TV world. It looks good. It can act. It saves women from oncoming vehicles and breaks up street fights. Men and women alike admire it, in a distant ‘if only I could be that cool’ kind of way. It’s flawless, and therefore kind of alienating. You can’t bring anything to the table with this one. It’s already got everything it needs.