Television’s Influence

First, thanks to The Tales Crew for this opportunity.

I don’t think I would be the kind of writer I am today, if it wasn’t for all the hours I spent in front of the television. When other future writers my age were reading books, I was parked in front of the tv watching whatever was on. Charlie’s Angels. Quincy. Game shows (Tic Tac Dough, Bullyseye, The Newlywed Game). American Bandstand. The Electric Company. The Bionic Woman.  Anything that came on tv, I was there to watch it (if the tv was available).

Here’s a partial list of shows that influenced my writing:

1. Dr. Detroit (not a tv show, I know). I remember watching it whenever it came on HBO. I liked the romantic subplot between the Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon characters– a strait-laced joe and a hooker. Two people from different worlds getting together. Am I the only one whose ever seen this movie?

 2. Three’s Company. Every episode revolved around some misunderstanding. Like one of the roommates thinking the other two were getting it on. And I have to mention John Ritter’s physical comedy in the show. Anyone remember that episode when Jack takes some meds to calm his anxiety over flying and he ends up flying high at a party he escorts Janet too?

3. All the ABC Soap Operas (Ryan’s Hope, Loving, All My Children, One Live To Live and General Hospital). I loved watching two characters go from meeting each other to falling in love. Watching them grow and make themselves vulnerable to the other person while overcoming obstacle after obstacle. Felicia and Frisco from General Hospital. Tad and Dixie from All My Children.  

4. Rockford Files. Jim was kick butt in his Sears dress slacks and a plaid sports coat. He didn’t have any fancy gadgets (Not true. He did have a machine that printed out business cards with phoney credentials when needed. He kept it in his car.). He used his brain, his muscle and whatever else was at hand to solve the mystery and keep from getting killed.

5. Friday Night Videos/MTV (back when Martha was a VJ). This is where I discovered Men At Work (I come from a land down under…), sung to Hall and Oates’ Private Eyes, imitated Michael Jackson’s dance moves and saw girl power danced in the Donna Summer’s She Works Hard For Her Money video.

Is it any wonder my current WIP is about a spunky heroine and a repressed hero, who manage to connect in spite of mixed signals, confusion, a bit of a mystery, a Britney Spears song and some bad guys?

So what television shows and/or movies have shaped your writing? And if you have a favorite soap opera couple, share that bit of info too.

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10 responses to “Television’s Influence

  1. talesfromthecrit

    I can totally see where you’re coming from here. I loved Rockford Files. I still watch it if I see it on when I’m somewhere. And I loved Tad and Dixie too. They were the best. You could learn a lot about writing from shows because the basic format is the same. Very interesting post to me. 🙂

    AJ

  2. Inez Kelly

    Beauty and the Beast. *sigh*

    Chips *what? I liked Bobby, never Ponch*

    Way way way too many episodes of Sunday morning black and whites like The Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Cisco Kid, the Twilight Zone, etc.

    Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

    No wonder my mind shoots off in a million directions at once.

  3. mamadivine

    Inez,
    I was a Chips fan too. And Ponch didn’t do float my boat either, but Jon sure did.

  4. talesfromthecrit

    I loved Chips because everything would just blow up for pretty much no reason. That was the best. They’d, like, run out of gas or something and the car would blow up.

    AJ

  5. Gilmore Girls, of all things. 🙂

  6. talesfromthecrit

    I’m a Star Trek woman…in all its variations. But then, I also loved Babylon 5 and Firefly. When I wasn’t watching SciFi, I loved MacGyver. Who doesn’t want a man who can save your life with a chocolate bar, a shoestring and a gumwrapper?

    —Debbie

  7. jodi

    no–it had to be Young and Restless. I loved the guy from the Rat Pack who played Victor. Too bad he grew old. I was a big Speed Racer, classic Trek and Silk Stalkings fan. MacGyver was so cool when he went through the Stargate. Who says you can’t save a whole bunch of worlds with bubble gum and a assault rifle? 🙂

  8. talesfromthecrit

    Richard Dean Anderson is so hot. I particularly enjoyed it when Seeley thought that my avatar pic was of RDA and it was really my husband, LOL. That was a great show though.

    AJ

  9. Oh man, I loved Brenda & Sonny on G & H. *sigh* What a sham that was. I don’t watch soaps anymore, but I was heavily invested in G & H for YEARS! I think I was crazy. LOL!

    Shows or movies that I love are Buffy (I’m working on a paranormal that has NOTHING to do with Buffy, but it was such a great show), period British dramas, basically anything that’s well-written. I watched Premonition tonight and all I kept thinking was “I could totally write that 10,000 times better.” Will I? I dunno, but that’s the fun of writing. 🙂

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