A lot can be said about NBC, some of it good, some of it bad. But one thing is hard to dispute: it has some of the best shows on TV, and they all land on Thursday night.
The key to good television is believability. Regardless of the story, the characters have to be people you want to know and the writing strong enough that you're willing to follow the characters anywhere.
Elmore Leonard is arguably one of the greatest American writers in history. His work has been adapted many times for both TV and the big screen. Some adaptations have been exceptionally good, such as "Jackie Brown" or "Out of Sight." Others not so much, as was the case with the TV show "Karen Sisco" and the movie "The Big Bounce."
It seems that these days nothing is sacred. Anyone who's viewed MTV's hit show "Jersey
Shore" can tell you that. After near constant badgering from my cousins, I turned on that show.
After about five minutes it felt like my brain was melting out of my ears.
Early on in AMC's newest drama "Hell on Wheels," the main character, Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), tells his new boss on the transcontinental railroad, "I'm willing to do just about anything."