Here’s feedback I sent to ABC regarding their new TV show How to Get Away With Murder: (I misspelled the creator’s name – rats!)
You & Peter Norwalk have taken a much-anticipated show and made it cheap and tawdry. You’ve taken an award-winning actress & a great plot but chose to add gratuitous sex. You could have had a broad family audience, but this is why you finished third in the network total viewers stats last week. Keep pushing your individual agendas & continue to watch your viewer numbers drop. Sadly, we won’t be watching ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. And if Viola Davis has any class, she’ll leave the show.
Here’s a quote from E-online.com that prompted my feedback:
And you can expect a lot more same-sex sex and same-sex romance as the series continues because, as Nowalk puts it, “It’s part of life.”
“I knew I wanted to push the envelope, especially with the gay sex,” Nowalk explained to me. “And to me, writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV. Because I didn’t see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people. I just feel like it’s a lack of vision that you don’t see it on TV, but ABC has never had a note about any of the weird stuff in the show, so I’m gonna keep it going.”
Nowalk reveals that Connor (Jack Falahee), the gay character, is definitely going to have a romance in the first season, right off the bat, starting with the second episode. It was in important to show a gay person as a full-fledged character.”
And of course it goes without saying, there will be lots of straight romance and straight sex, too.
If you want to give feedback to ABC:
1. Don’t watch the show!
2. Go to http://abc.go.com/feedback They give you a limited amount of space, so make it short and pithy!
To quote the movie, ‘Network’: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”