Poor writing the highlight of the 1999-2000 TV season

It's no surprise that most shows that debut this season will fail. What is surprising is how bad the writing is in a world in which quality writing is recognized as a must for any series to survive.

I wrote those words back in September 1999. Now I realize tv has solved the problem of bad writing. It's producing unscripted shows. With WWTBAM, Survivor, Greed, Winning Lines, Twenty One already out there (and with a success rate of 40% way more successful than scripted shows) and with Big Brother, Survivor II and who knows what else to come we have seen the future and it is bleak for writers.

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