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Is "Ripped from the Headlines" an excuse for lazy writers?

Old 10-04-01, 05:45 PM
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Is "Ripped from the Headlines" an excuse for lazy writers?

I've been noticing more and more on ads for upcoming episodes of shows that "Ripped from the Headlines" is really used alot. Law and Order probably uses this the most (are all their shows ripped from the headlines?) but I've also seen it for Family Law and others.

Is taking a story straight from the headlines just laziness on the part of the writers or is there another reason that I'm just missing?

your thoughts?
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Like I wrote in the Law & Order thread, rippng a story from the headlines is no excuse for not creating a gripping story. The facts may provie a nice skeleton to hang your plot on, but there's still character, dialogue, plot details, themes...

Law & Order was definirely better before they started ripping stories from the headlines every week.
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Agreed.

On our show we have boatloads of "real life" research that we peruse looking for interesting stories.

But time and time again, our best stuff comes ends up coming from the writers' own minds.

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