We LadyKillers are talking about TV crime shows this week, and I have a problem. I just don't watch an awful lot of TV.
This was not true when I was a kid. We were one of those families who gathered in front of the tube every night. I knew that The Brady Bunch came on every Friday night. Everybody knew that.
Before The Brady Bunch, there was Star Trek. I remember watching Trek in its first run, when I was a tiny child of five. That's still not a crime show, but it's a TV show, so I'm sneaking up on this topic. Wait...there were crimes on Star Trek. There was a serial-killing daughter of a mass-murdering father masquerading as a Shakespearean actor, for instance. And a serial-killing noncorporeal entity that was once known as Jack the Ripper. So...have I fulfilled my responsibility to write about a TV crime show if I write about Star Trek? No?
Um...we watched a lot of Columbo. And The Rockford Files, which I would watch again right this second, because I would watch James Garner read the phone book. Come to think of it, I should probably watch both those shows again right now, just to listen to how Garner and Peter Falk delivered their lines. (For those of you have been following my writing tip series, there's a good one for you: Listen to people talk, especially people with unique deliveries like James Garner and Peter Falk. Your goal is to learn to communicate their rhythms with word choice and with the way you use the prose that frames your dialogue, using as few dashes and ellipses as possible.)
I'll start watching episodic TV regularly right about the time somebody makes a TV show out of my books. Excuse me while I go write a part for James Garner...