Get Involved in this Scandal

Posted by on June 8, 2013 in On Life | 6 comments

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by Christina Carson

Bert and I have often joked that in any up and coming TV series, if it appeals to us, the producer would do

          Shonda Rimes

Shonda Rimes

well to pay us to talk it down, I say this because, invariably, if there is a show we like, and we begin to pass that news on, it seems to be the kiss of death for that series. Obviously, it’s not us, but indeed the nature of the programs we’re drawn to, but still, it’s bloody discouraging. I suppose it has to do with the fact that we don’t watch TV to be entertained. We watch to be fed. Not that it’s difficult to find integral people, driven by a sense of purpose that speaks to a higher order of insight, who surround themselves with others so directed, and who actually manage to create relationships of great depth and awareness, only it is. Yet every now and again, some script writer of discernment and writing genius does just that, and we are glued to the screen for the season it lasts; sometimes they don’t even finish the season.

So here goes, the potential death knell for the series, “Scandal,” a 2012 start which, God willing, is starting its third season. It’s a winner. The writer, Shonda Rimes, is a woman of huge talent and, even at 43 years, shows impressive understanding of the human condition. She’s a Dartmouth grad and a serious student of writing and scriptwriting, so this series was no accident. She is better known for her first major success, “Gray’s Anatomy,” which we were drawn to, but the first season only, as we watched it dissolve into what we call a Soap. I don’t need to watch TV to see human drama, that abides everywhere, and nowhere does it represent the truth of the situation. But when someone can elevate human interplay by injecting the elements of honesty and integrity, then we have something that feeds the soul rather than just frothing up emotions.

So here I sit, fingers crossed that Ms. Rimes will hang tough with keeping her characters operating at their present level, and the ratings will keep the program going, for Bert and I have quite enough sizzled-out series in our storage bin. And no one likes being hungry when there is ample nourishment about.

Anyone else out there watching this show? How is it affecting you?

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  1. Christina, I wish I could answer but here in Italy, all those TV series don’t reach us, except for the biggest ones, like Game of Thrones or whatever…I know though exactly what you mean and find TV often hugely disappointing. What we do have however is a very nice TV station called ARTE and it’s financed by both the French and the German, as a sort of Pan-European TV focused not just on art (in spite of the name) but on social issues – you do get some very good films and even amusing stuff, like recently they re-ran the original Star Trek series restored. Since that was something I enjoyed when I was young in the 1960s, it was a nice trip back in time…

    • Christina Carson

      It’s interesting that Bert and I get most of what we watch from BBC as their series are excellent and their actors superb. It’s just that theirs run only short periods of time, generally, with a few special examples. But your ARTE sounds like it could feed one’s need for that which can touch us more deeply.

  2. YES! We are watching it too!

    • Christina Carson

      Oh good, an why am I not surprised! Keep the porch light on.

  3. There was a time I wanted to be part of a scandal. Now I am just content to write about them. And, I fear, they are all fiction.

    • Christina Carson

      Indeed they are, and yet they never seem to lose their appeal, as we’re like little kids laughing at Punch and Judy. Always good to have you stop by, Caleb.

Thoughtful comments are always welcome!

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