DirtyLarry, on 22 January 2013 - 18:28, said:
I liked it actually, a decent amount, however I just cannot get over how bad and lifeless acting is on the major networks these days. Every show I have tried to watch as of late, the acting is just atrocious. Even with Kevin Bacon on it, this show was a pretty good example of the absolutely lifeless acting I am talking about. That and it really bothers me how network dramas have to literally hand hold the watcher for every little thing they are trying to point out. Like [spoiler[ him being an alcoholic, or him having the heart issue.[/spoiler] They at first tried to be subtle about both facts, but then made sure to point to them and/or just outright beat the viewer over the head with each fact several additional times. These network drama shows just give no credit to the viewer. I guess they have to make it as idiot proof as possible though huh? Welcome to the Honey Boo Boo generation.
So as much as I liked the overall concept and premise, I just find it really, really hard to watch any drama shows on the large networks. The likes of Dexter, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, have spoiled me something fierce. It is literally the difference in my opinion from trying to watch a high school musican production to a Broadway Show. The difference in acting quality, script writing, and just overall intelligence is that dramatic IMHO.
Still, I will watch it.
You're absolutely right, but you've got to realize that the big four require a lot more viewers, they've got to cater to a larger crowd, which almost always means a dumber crowd in percentages. Cable networks like AMC and FX don't require such a large audience, so they can cater directly to a smarter crowd.
Lost and Fringe ran into this problem and I think both shows ended up suffering creatively by the end of the shows because they had to start dumbing it down to cater to the majority of their audiences. Look at the most popular shows on the big four: American Idol, Voice, X Factor, etc. (all of which needs to brains whatsoever to watch), Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, etc. None of these shows require high level of intelligence. They cater to a dumber crowd for a reason, the big four require it.
Sad, but true. This should really should have been a cable network show. I think it would have been a great companion show to Justified on FX.