Nowadays it isnt enough to resurrect old TV shows for revivals (new movies continuing the stories of the characters from the show), reunion specials (actors reminiscing over clips from the old show) and feature film remakes (like STARSKY AND HUTCH, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, etc.). Clever network executives have figured out a new way to exploit old hits…
Now they are making TV movies about the making of old TV shows.
There have been TV movies about the making of BATMAN, THE BRADY BUNCH, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, THREE’S COMPANY and now ABC is about to air DYNASTY: BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF A GUILTY PLEASURE.
The movies-about-TV shows try to make the routine power plays, artistic differences, and personality clashes play out like high drama (or low comedy, depending on your POV) instead of what it really is — insanely stupid squabbling over nothing. What’s even more amazing is that people actually tune in to watch the stuff.
If this swill keeps scoring in the ratings, can TV movies about the making of MASH, ALL IN THE FAMILY, STAR TREK, and KNIGHTRIDER be far behind?
To me, movies about the production of classic TV shows is a new low point for television, though not quite as offensive and jaw-droppingly low brow as reality shows like TEMPTATION ISLAND, WIFE SWAP, FEAR FACTOR, and EXTREME MAKE-OVER. But I suppose the television industry’s endless fascination with itself shouldn’t be a surprise… Showtime just announced it was making a movie out of the battle between Michael Eisner and Mike Ovitz at Disney.