Some consider the golden age of television sitcoms long gone. When you grew up watching a show like The Cosby Show and you look at what’s being offered now in regards to black family sitcoms, you not only realize the writing is often poorly executed, but also the casts are mediocre at best.
Earlier this week, Phylicia Rashad spoke to The Huffington Post about her new movie “Frankie and Alice”, which stars Halle Berry as a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder.
Marc Lamont Hill asked Rashad about her thoughts on television comedy today, and needless to say, she’s not feeling it.
“Oh! No comparison,” she said. “I’m sorry, there just isn’t.”
Rashad praised the writing staff of The Cosby Show and the way they allowed her character to organically grow and change as both a mother and career woman. Unfortunately for fans of TV, the medium’s writing is not as cohesive these days, she said.
“We had a team of writers who were paying attention. This is something else that’s different in television today,” Rashad said. “I just recently was on another television show and I wondered if the writers were ever in the same room together.”
And nowadays, a lot of writing rooms are more like remote spaces. You may have a writer living in California, another in New York and one in Florida all trying to collaborate on the same show. So maybe Rashad has a point. Writing should be a collaborative effort and when you’re working together in one location, one room with a group of people, it’s a lot easier to bounce things off of each other, instead of waiting for the next IM, text or video chat.
Check out the full interview below, Rashad’s comments about the current state of television appear at the 8:19 mark.