The Good Guys

I’m continuing to be interested in seeing this new show called The Good Guys, as it sounds a bit like a live action version of The Precinct. Also, it apparently features Bradley Whitford being silly, which is a great thing.

AV Club writer Todd VanDerWerff has written an article about the latest episode which includes a bit of insight I find interesting (as somebody who’s writing an ’80s-inspired cop show):

I’ve been theorizing about just what keeps the show from breaking through in a big way for a few weeks now, but the show not only hasn’t broken through with the general audience, it doesn’t seem to have broken through with a cult audience either, which is odd, since a cult audience would seem to be a natural for this series.

I think the issue is that the shows the show is drawn from – the cop shows of the ’70s and ’80s – have never really gone away. Their DNA is still prevalent in the DNA of most of the shows on the CBS lineup (not to mention numerous shows on the other networks). Burn Notice – a show that’s very similar to this one – succeeded because the shows it was gently mocking were shows that weren’t anywhere else on the lineup. For a show making fun of the cop shows littering the landscape to work, it would have to be more of an overt parody, and The Good Guys is really trying to have its cake and eat it too. It’s a parody of cop shows, but it’s also actually a cop show, where you can play along at home and try to see how all of the plots come together. Reading over that again, it sounds like a show I would really like, but there’s too much about the show from week to week that flails around for it to really start to build the momentum it would need to get more people saying, “You know this show you’re not watching? It’s really great, and you should be watching it.” It either needs to go more balls-out with the action or more balls-out with the comedy; it’s trying to play it too safe.

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Precinct ep 00b: Eras of Ackersley

Eras of Ackersley

Eras of Ackersley

As with Farnham, in the new Precinct cartoon we’ll be seeing Ackersley at different points from 1986 thru today. I think ’93 Ackersley is my favourite.

More animatic done now:

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Please go to the Precinct site and try out our Cop Action Survey. We need some info about what people think of Cop Action and how they watch it! I’ll post more extensively on the idea behind the survey later.

“The Precinct? Next week.”

The title references my interior monologue when I consider what I should post about. I’ve been putting off talking much about the show because there’s always lots of small developments happening but rarely anything real big and awesome to talk about.

You can imagine it’s got to be tougher than ever to get an animated series happening nowadays, when whole state government departments are closing, beloved actor Charles “Bud” Tingwell has died and Seth McFarlane is the highest paid TV producer in history. It’s a strange, frightening world to live in.

Disturbing things in the animation industry lately. Our friend Gene over at Fatkat just shut his company down, and he’s not the only one having trouble by any means.

But over here at Cop Action Video (“No Overheads ‘Cause We Got No Employees And We Sleep In Our Studio”), we’re warming our hands over a flaming barrel, looking to the skies and plotting away.

Precinct Robert Stack

We’ve continued our cross-platform strategy planning. I’m really happy with the great ideas we’re busting out in our meetings over at Eskimo, so much so that I’m not even telling what they are. That’s right, they’re so bloody good, I’m keeping my fool trap shut so we don’t find out six months from now that Barbie.com stole them.

I continue to be a bit skeptical about TV networks, who, in turn, seem a bit skeptical about us (if they’re aware of us, that is). I’d love to say I’m expecting to grasp us fully to their bosoms, but they’re probably selling those bosoms at the moment to pay for more “reality” shows. This is more reason than ever to be thinking fourth-dimensionally, as Doc Brown says, and consider ways to (a) just go ahead and make your own animated series without massive cash injections, and/or (b) develop the series idea into something a more than a “TV show”, rather, into an interactive project.

I’m talking about the stuff I was proposing in this post. That’s what we’ve been planning. Only the new ideas have made it much more fun, interesting and — yes — interactive.

Adam and I are continuing to write episodes. These are going well, especially considered as first drafts (which they are), but we should be hoeing into them faster than we are. I especially have been slack, occupied with things like paid work, putting on comics events and doing wedding planning (if you didn’t know, I’m getting married to some hot chick).

Back to work now.