For more evidence that the creative well is running dry in this country, you need look no further than prime time TV. Seriously. And I’m not talking about the countless hours of mindless “reality” programming that have nothing to do with reality. Really. No, I refer to high quality shows that should know better. Two words…really and seriously. I defy you to find a single episode that doesn’t include one or both of these overused, unimaginative, rejoinders. The Closer, Last Man Standing, I even saw it used in a 2004 episode of Deadwood. Really. Apparently this downward spiral started right after Wild Bill Hickock was killed in 1876.
You’ve got to be kidding me? (aka Seriously?). No sh#@! (aka Really!). Somewhere along the way we lost cool, neat, darn straight, hell yeah, what the?, and peachy keen. And maybe we should have. But is really, seriously? the best you got? My college english professor once told me to never use “etc.”. He said it means you can’t think of anything else to say. I think of that a lot when I watch TV. Really. Seriously. It’s time for something new.