The caliber of today's shows really gets my goat (or HIMYM's Ted's goat, as it were). If you're an up and coming star (an actor or even a writer), you really need to have a colossal cultural hit in order to get noticed and get the acclaim you may rightly (or may not) deserve. Courteney Cox Arquette's big break was with Friends. Her impeccable sense of comic timing and fearlessness for pratfalls and abrasive character moments created the very first lovable, relatable O.C.D. sufferer on TV. After she helped the show skyrocket to icon status in the nineties, Cox Arquette was given ample opportunity to expand her career in movies and now other television projects. She has had projects written for her, and just because they have her name behind them, they get made. It doesn't seem to matter how low the quality of the writing is-- or even how unimaginative the concept-- the star ensures the green light while countless creative projects and new talent still fall by the wayside, collecting dust on some assistant desk's, or if they're lucky, lasting for an episode or two before getting pulled from airwaves for someone else (Bob Saget, Jenna Elfman, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell, Patricia Heaton, Cox Arquette)'s "comeback."
I think these clips from Cougar Town prove my point:
I knew there was a reason I was gravitating toward pitching Starz and not network! Fingers crossed!