My final entry in this season's primetime scorecard (renewal for Castle and Better Off Ted; cancellation for The Unusals) is Privileged. I don't think I've written about Privlleged before, but I was really pulling for this show. Like the first season of Dirty Sexy Money, Privileged was a primetime soap about the filthy rich; but the storytelling was grounded in honest portrayals of the emotional complexity that drives human relationships. Both shows engaged viewers (albeit, too few) by combining over-the-top glam with down-to-earth. That the CW couldn't give Privileged the second season it deserved is disappointing and discouraging.
It's funny, last night on Charlie Rose Newsweek editor, Jon Meacham, discussed his interview with the president, in which he quotes President Obama as saying: "The American people, I think, not only have a toleration, but a hunger for explanation and complexity...I think one of the biggest mistakes that is made in Washington is the notion that you have to dumb things down for the public."
Sad to say, that hunger for complexity on the part of the public isn't translating into sufficient viewership to keep shows that celebrate the complexity of the human existance on the broadcast networks.
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