Animation Is The New Unscripted Television

Remember when there was that pesky writer’s strike all those years ago? Remember what the entertainment industry’s answer to not having scripted television programming was to come up with a type of programming that didn’t need a single, solitary writer?

We do. And it was called unscripted television.

It ushered in an era of unscripted television programming that has never quite stopped — bringing the masses such high watermark programming as The Bachelor, Love is Blind, Catfish and an inordinate amount of unscripted, documentary series like McMillions, Wild Wild Country and Survivor. It filled the programming slots that went empty because of the writer’s strike, allowed networks and cable channels to program a cheaper slate of content, and solved a huge problem that could have hobbled the industry forever.

So, enter Animation — the savior of today’s coronovirusian disaster.

Think about it hot shot, what do you do when you can’t put a crew in the same stage? How do you get actors to stand on their marks across from each other when one is coughing and the other has a sore throat? What do you do when pilots are being cancelled left and right because of the location shoots and the big action set pieces and the synchronized dance numbers in crowded streets?

You ramp up that Animation department.

Yes, yes, yes — we know. Animation isn’t like live action — you can’t just shoot for a week and have a full one-hour show ready to go. It takes far longer to get that stuff in the pipe, animated, voice-acted, edited and delivered. It’s true. And by the time all that animation was ready, even if all hands were on deck, would the disaster the entertainment industry is facing, actually have blown over?

Actors in animation get to sit in a dark room in their pajamas and never even see another actor. They can record their dialogue from home. The Director and Producers sit on the other side of a hermetically-sealed audio control room. There’s always a room just down the hall with a couch and snacks that no one ever goes to. It’s practically like going into a Jersey Mike’s sandwich restaurant circa March 18th, 2020.

Animation. It’s the solution for us all. As long as we get the animated train on the animated tracks.

Don’t you think?

It’s anyone’s guess. But would it be prudent to get ahead of this thing in the meantime, while we’re watching Network Television Ratings suddenly surge back because people are sitting at home looking for something to watch?

Animation. I’ll say it again.

It could be the finger in the dike we’d didn’t know we needed.

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