Hey. It’s been a while. Let’s talk about fairy tales on television.
Just as Pan Am and The Playboy Club popped out of the same general notion of doing Mad Men for network broadcast, two new shows have premiered this fall born out of the idea of adding a modern twist to classic, public-domain-accessible fairy tales. I figured I’d group my general opinions on the shows so far into one post for easy access. Note that I don’t really think the two shows are comparable the way that Pan Am and Playboy Club were. Fairy tales are fairy tales, and anyone who wants to watch these shows is going to need a willing suspension of disbelief.
I would also like to stress that I don’t think these shows are incompatible. They can co-exist on television without complaint, because both shows are trying different things and going in different directions with the fairy tales on which they’re riffing. That was not the case with the 60s shows, primarily because they were both set in the 60s, but also because both shows deal with institutions that were fairly major at the time. Loaded guns, those. Fairy tales are comparably easier to execute on TV. Read the rest of this entry »