Ken Levine reveals on his blog today the tired formula behind most of today’s procedural crime dramas. Here’s an excerpt:
[The hero] must have some supernatural power. He or she can read minds, has an amazing photographic memory, can remember every lunch he/she ever had, is a math whiz, or the most common – can see Fairy Tale characters.
But with this gift must come a curse. They must be tortured emotionally. They must have a dark past. Their wife/sibling/child/imaginary friend has been killed and they’re still haunted by it.
They’re only helping the police solve crimes as a way to better get in touch with resolving the unsolved circumstances of their dark past. The killer is still out there! But only week one and the season finale. Otherwise, it’s business as usual. Solving crimes and tossing off zingers…
For the rest, check out his blog.