- Tuesday 17th November 2020, 8:55am [Edited]
- Aldershot, England
- 6,366 posts
Quote: Lazzard @ 16th November 2020, 9:58 AM
If you're trying to write comedy that is like it was 40 years ago, then you'll be ploughing a lonely furrow.
It doesn't mean SitCom is dead - just your painfully narrow definition of it.
Sorry but I simply don't agree. Can't tell you the exact figures but I think Dad's Army still beats most current sitcoms on viewer ratings - A 50 year old sitcom with an 80 year old setting. There were similar ratings successes with other older sitcoms when they were repeated on BBC like Fawlty Towers, The Good Life and others. And whatever the ratings for them are on ITV 3, Yesterday, Drama, CCXTV the fact they are all filling their primetime slots with old sitcoms means they are popular. And they're mostly studio sitcoms with laugh tracks.
The commissioners of new sitcoms are the ones getting it wrong, not the writers of traditional style sitcoms. You can still have the modern style non studio dramadies with themes of sex and drugs for those who want them, but why mostly replace a wholly successful form of sitcom with them when the figures show they can't match the ratings of these older sitcoms? People are turning them off and turning on Yesterday to watch what they know they like. Decent funny sitcoms. And you can have modern themes in traditional formats, so why kill the stonkingly successful sas because once trendy Mr Gervais doesn't like them?