Hello all, and welcome to my blog, I Screen You Screen. Here's a place where you can read about, and comment on, the best and worst in television.
I'm someone who's been passionate about television for a long time, and balk at any suggestions that it's inferior to other forms of popular culture, such as books, movies and plays. Yes, there's plenty of crappy television out there. Anyone who's glimpsed a second of "Deal or No Deal," "According to Jim," or almost any reality show knows that.
But, as we fans know, TV can be more. TV can be a place to tell complicated stories and develop interesting characters. Its open-ended format means it can delve into ideas and issues over the course of several episodes, as opposed to a few hours of screen time or a few hundred pages.
Television, at its very best, is an art form. This, after all, is the medium that brought us "The Wire," "The Sopranos," and "The Shield," as well as less weighty -- but still admirable -- programs such as "Everybody Loves Raymond," "30 Rock," "Mary Tyler Moore" and "The Bob Newhart Show."
Over the next few days, I'll begin posting my thoughts on various TV shows and also topics that relate to television. The advent of the new year is bringing with it a lot of new shows and many returning favorites.
So keep watching.