effers wrote:I feel like there is somebody really high up who has an ownership stake in the show that is controlling the narrative and that is why we see the same stories over and over - i.e. Victor the hero, Jack the loser, and no room for new and interesting characters. It feels like this person wants the show to die with them.
In short, Bill Bell would be horrified, as he was all about the creative element and setting egos aside for the betterment of the show.
The majority of it has to do with the dwindling revenues and the exorbitant per-episode guarantees that the legacy characters all get. If you can't afford sets and new characters to develop new s/ls, you're going to die a slow death.
It's the age of the show really. In the old days when it centered around younger folks the story was always: boy meets girl, they hate each other but come around, have some adventure or mishap as a couple, get married and have kids. With all the rapid aging over the years all of the characters in the baby-making age range are grandkids of the older characters. They're not gonna have Kyle or Abby or Noah have kids because then that makes the legacy characters great grandparents. Then when they try to bring in younger characters who aren't part of the core families, their stories are lackluster and fans don't give a hoot about them.