Showtime is at it again. We have discussed their programming choices before on this blog (here, here, and here). But the LA Times article (12/2/2008 ) passed on to me yesterday by Mr. Davis states it explicitly in the title: “At Showtime, bad is good.” (It’s an old article, yes, but the e-mail was stuck in my spam filter, undiscovered.)
One quote says it all: “But a slate of programming that plays on aberrant social behavior is helping the cable channel stand out from the crowd…” Meg James, author of the LAT article, calls it “pathology programming.”
Pathology programming… Good name for it.
The individual responsible for this sadly successful direction for the network — Showtime entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt — says at the end of the article:
“The big challenge is keeping up the level that we’ve established,” Greenblatt said. “It’s a really high level. We need to keep that up and not replicate ourselves.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 speaks of “lovers of money” and “despisers of good” abounding in the end times, and I must say that they certainly have a home in cable network programming.
Mr. Greenblatt needn’t worry about replicating themselves. The list of “show ideas” in Galatians 5:19-21 is long and varied.