Since I spent most of Monday sitting in front of the television watching TNT’s marathon of The Closer, I was interested to hear this piece on NPR’s Morning Edition. It’s all about the growth of original drama on basic cable, though it touches on stuff about branding and niche marketing that I think apply equally well to comics publishing. (I had no idea FX had used MySpace to promote Nip/Tuck, but the whole premise of the show makes me kind of squeamish. Too many scalpels.)
As for The Closer, I think the whole cast is terrific. I’m sure Kyra Sedgwick’s accent makes citizens of Georgia gnash their teeth, but I love her portrayal. And J.K. Simmons is always a welcome addition to any cast.