RAN­DALL SAYS:

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS LIFE -

While I pre­fer the movie-go­ing ex­pe­ri­ence over the TV watch­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I can­not deny the ob­vi­ous: There is some ex­cel­lent tele­vi­sion out there.

In­deed, there is no point deny­ing there are some things tele­vi­sion cur­rently does bet­ter than movies, es­pe­cially in the field of com­edy. Satire, for ex­am­ple: The Daily Show, The Col­bert Re­port, 30 Rock, some of the po­lit­i­cal stuff on Satur­day Night Live. The ro­man­tic-com­edy movie is at some kind of all-time low, while TV shows, say New Girl and Parks and Re­cre­ation, are still ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing a gig­gly com­bi­na­tion of ro­man­tic and the ab­surd. Within those fields, I ad­mit, you win. This year.

And yet, I pre­fer movies. Movies re­quire com­mit­ment and ac­tion. TV is watched pas­sively. You go to the movies while in ac­tive courtship. You watch TV when you’re in a set­tled, tired re­la­tion­ship where at the most, you may be re­quired to put on some sweat­pants and pop a beer.

Fol­low­ing along that line: even the best TV pro­gram­ming goes into de­cline. Two of the net­work shows you men­tioned, Glee and The Big Bang The­ory, have al­ready jumped the shark, have they not?

And what of movie stars in de­cline, such as Kevin Cost­ner? They go to TV, of course.

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