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Pet Peeves, Television

Everything Old

02.09.06 | 1 Comment

I didn’t see the episode of Grey’s Anatomy that was on after the Super Bowl – the “Code Black” one – but a friend of mine told me about it the next day. Apparently some weekend warriors built a backyard bazooka, and one of the ended up with a live shell in his body. When I heard this, I though, Damn, that was one hell of an episode… when I saw it on M*A*S*H twenty five years ago.

I remember it clearly because Radar brought an X-Ray over to Hawkeye, and Hawk said, “Radar, get that grenade out of his pants!” Radar just sort of looked up at hime and replied, “He’s not wearing any.”

I have heard that executives in Hollywood today don’t care about anything back beyond last weekend’s receipts/ratings, but damn, people, try and get an original idea. Those are the first questions I ask myself when I start on a story: Has it been done before? Why is my version different? If it’s not, I put it aside until I can come up with something new. Apparently Hollywood doesn’t bother.

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