The idea that contemporary television does storytelling — particularly drama — better than its cinematic counterpart has been advanced for a while now, especially by those, well, working in television. It’s been particularly present this summer. Writing about FX chief John Landgraf at the Television Critics Assn. Tour earlier this month, Forbes’ Lacey Rose noted that “rather than lament the loss of the creatively ambitious, mid-priced drama that once brought multidimensional characters to the big screen, he, like … many of his cable cohorts, has stepped up to fill the void.”
I tended toward the TV has won the narrative wars until I read this article. While I haven’t changed my mind that television provides a greater depth of narrative and by far better character development, movies can – as in capable of, but not always delivering – provide the kind of compelling chronicle of events that TV either frequently stumbles over or doesn’t even try. Not all of us are looking for a richer media experience. Of course Man men was mentioned as one of the premiere successes in regard TV’s deeper endeavors. Reality shows have better ratings. He cites “The Hurt Locker” and “The Dark Knight”? as narrative experiences in the first case and ambitious in the second. “The Hurt Locker” was a remarkably filmed, directed and acted film yet despite an Oscar win for Best Movie has just barely made a profit ( it actually did not make a profit until after the Oscar win). There have been other recent films of 2009-2010 that also were uniquely cinematic – Iron Man II, Sherlock Holmes, Watchmen, Inglorious Basterds ( whether we personally liked them or not is another issue), but the top 10 grossing movies of 2009 were mostly high on spectacle and low on narrative. Half my favorite movies for 2009 were small budget or indie films like 500 Days of Summer and Answer Man. Which at least according to my tastes doesn’t speak well for studio executives. Movies are and always have been hit and miss in the narrative department where that has been television’s strength for a while. Cable series seemed to have pushed network television to take more risks – The Good Wife, Persons Unknown, The Gates . Added up between Mad Men, Rubicon and Persons Unknown I either had or will have about 39 hours of compelling story and character study to follow. Hollywood just isn’t producing movies of equal depth in any given 13 weeks.
More than half a dozen states suing to overturn President Barack Obama’s health care law are also claiming its subsidies for covering retired state government employees, according to a list released Tuesday by the administration.
About 2,000 employers have been approved for the extra help to cover early retirees, mainly private businesses. But the list also includes seven states suing to overturn the health care overhaul as an unconstitutional power grab by the federal government.
[ ]…A spokeswoman said Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels disapproves of Obama’s overhaul, but will take advantage of specific provisions that benefit his state.
“Congress approved health care reform and the president signed it into law. Gov. Daniels does not agree with it, but Indiana will seek funds that help Hoosiers when there are no complicated strings or costs attached,” said press secretary Jane Jankowski.
The list of employers who have expressed an interest in the subsidies includes about half the Fortune 500 companies, as well as state and local governments, educational institutions, unions and nonprofit organizations, the administration said. A total of 16 states have been approved, and more are expected to apply.
Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels also eats tons of ice cream even though he doesn’t like it.