It struck me recently that what I really dislike in current spec fic writing for TV is the melodrama.
Having been watching episodes of Terra Nova, Supernatural, Sanctuary, Being Human and Dr Who it became pretty clear that you can’t have an episode without someone tearing up, being outraged or embracing.
Everyone has to be in love with someone, people must regularly sacrifice themselves for the greater good and, when a character dies, it must be lingered on in a way that invites the viewer to react with sadness to the death rather than having the other characters react naturally.
It’s probably not worth dedicating a post to how much I dislike the 21st C Dr Who, but let’s just say that every time I find I’m getting into it, I end up turning away in disgusted at the overwrought responses, and unsubtle emotion.
It’s as though people doing this writing have decided that nothing on TV sells if it isn’t at least 60% soap-opera. But then maybe that’s what people want?