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Monday, January 9, 2012

Systems or Relationships?

Yahoo TV has a really good article going over a blog post made by John Rogers, a co-creator of TNT's Leverage. In it, he talks about the difference between shows that are about systems (aka procedural dramas) and shows about relationships.

What he says about Rizzoli & Isles seems pretty spot on.

According to Rogers' classifications, "Rizzoli & Isles" has all the window dressing of a show about systems. "Rizzoli & Isles is an hour long police drama that almost always begins with a murder. At first glance the format of the show seems to closely mirror 'Law & Order,' the platonic example of a show about systems," according to Rogers. But first glances can be deceiving.

Read the rest here. Trust us, you'll want to see what else he said. Very interesting stuff!

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting, thanks for the link. I tend to agree in the sense that all the nitpicking we fans do about the "crime" part of the plots of R&I is probably neither here nor there to the creators, because that was never really the focus of the show. Now if only they would focus on developing/writing the characters with more consistency ... the window dressing of the murder plots would matter very little, at least to this viewer.