Visual Aid: Lack of quality TV leads to a longing for something about 'nothing'

02/04/14 by Rennie Detore

Who doesn't love a good television reunion show?
It's always exciting when news breaks that your favorite show or television actors have rekindled friendships and working relationships to the point that your oldie, but goodie, sitcom might have new life, even years after the final episode.
News broke recently that the Seinfeld cast may be in the midst of getting the band back together for some sort of "special" project (guess they can't call it a full blown reunion). Jerry Seinfeld isn't pretending these rumors don't exist and actually affirmatively acknowledged them saying that a reunion is in the works.
Turns out, it was part of a Super Bowl commercial, but that still didn't stop fans of the show from taking that two minute ad and wishing and hoping for something more.
Wonder why?

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Three old friends and co stars who found each other recently are John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier, the leading men from the family oriented, formulaic sitcom "Full House." These three buddies have been making the TV rounds thanks to a Super Bowl commercial featuring them, and thus prompted all of the kids, now adults, who grew up loving the "Full House" show clamoring for some sort of reunion by the entire cast.
What's old is new, again? Then again, what did you expect?
Even the smallest inkling that "Full House" might return to television or the "Seinfeld" cast is canoodling once again creates the kind of stir within show business, television specifically, that is sorely missing.
The typical sitcom doesn't exist anymore, unless of course you're watching first run programming from TVLand or enjoy Roseanne or Married With Children reruns. Modern day television has a two fold approach to entertainment: reality or documentary style by design.
The latter category pertains to shows like Modern Family or The Office, where actors talk to the audience to further plot lines of shows and the entire season. That paradigm shift isn't so much what sullied the heart and soul of television as much as it was the influx of laughable reality TV shows that proved talent is totally objective.
Ridding television of canned laughter, equally demure storytelling and a "live" studio audience is one thing, but replacing it talentless actors and inane premises isn't exactly the swap most had in mind.
The initial push toward reality television was fine and felt fresh and original 20 years ago. Today's reality television is terribly watered down, campy and devoid of any realism, despite what the name suggests.
When shows like "Full House" and "Seinfeld" left the airwaves, they were replaced with some good shows but mostly bad television and nothing much for viewers to truly rally behind as a result. The fact that even a glimpse of Jerry Seinfeld talking to Larry David or the "Full House" male trio tagging along with one another creates a stir of epic proportions shouldn't surprise anyone.
Especially if you've spent any time whatsoever watching today's television.

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