So this bartender walks into a crime lab…still working on the punchline there. Maybe Ted Danson will be able to help me out a bit.
CSI showed up to the Television Critics Association press tour with producers and the “new Grissom” in tow. The show’s producers were quick to point out that this upcoming season will be much lighter in tone, which is a complete 180 from the darker serial killer story arc of last season.
What angers me most about this news is that producers, when talking about previous seasons, said they “wanted a Sherlock Holmes, not a science nerd,” so of course their answer to that is an intellectual that was born to hippies, played by the same guy who once served Fraiser his wine…wait maybe they have something there. In fact, when asked about the transition from Cheers to dramatic roles, Danson responded, “Trying to hold together a crazy group of people, whether they are crazy-bright or crazy-silly, is something that I respond to.”
I’m hesitant about this season. I have no problem with heroic “nerds.” I mean, why is it bad to be smart? Is it because the only way these producers can see an intellectual as a sympathetic protagonist is by making him/her crack wise? Do they even know their demographic at this point?
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