Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: Twin Peaks _WILL_ be renewed (but should we be happy?)
From: tneff@bfmny0.UU.NET (Tom Neff)
Date: 1990-05-20, 18:23

Hey, these guys are in business to make money.  What did you expect.

Nor is an "encapsulated" format necessarily the kiss of death.  Net
users rave over shows like STAR TREK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE
AVENGERS, among a zillion others -- all with encapsulated formats.  The
44-minute teledrama is a restrictive format but in the right hands it
can be a refreshing opportunity to branch out in new directions each
week.  And of course two-parters are always possible.

Still, I'm disappointed ABC isn't heading toward some of the other
possible formats, like a monthly two hour TVM or a miniseries.  I think
they may be mischaracterizing their audience just a bit.  The "difficult
segment" TP brought back to the tube does NOT want to sit through a
conventional hour of crime drama week after week for a year.  If they
did, they'd be watching MacGyver already.

The "fad" nature of TP shouldn't be ignored.  It's something to get
excited about for a couple of months at a time, max.  After that it
starts to pall; the emotional and intellectual fervor is draining.  If
they did it as a mini twice a year, a wide spectrum of people might get
as excited as hell, tape everything, trade notes, etc, just as we are
now.  If it goes weekly, only pre-converted tapehead fanatics will care,
and it'll die after a season.

My personal decision hinges on Lynch.  If he is involved at a level more
detailed than executive producer or "created by," I will watch, but if
he deserts the new format so will I.