This interview with David Simon, best known for creating the HBO series The Wire, shows that he clearly isn’t a big fan of people analyzing his show.
I can easily imagine that being a show runner, you’re not going to have the time to delve much, if not, at all into an online fanbase. Even if it is for your own show. That makes pretty good sense and I would never expect the opposite to happen.
That being said, people like David Simon should know that breaking things down is basically how fandoms of shows operate. They have debates. They discuss. They live the show. Now that we have sites like tumblr, they post fan art. And don’t forget all that fan fiction. It can be for any type of television, too. Sitcoms, daytime and nighttime dramas, even things like game shows, such as The Price Is Right for example, and local and national newscasts have passionate fans discussing and debating what eras of the show they think are best. Soap fans defend their favorite storylines and characters for whatever reason. Sitcom fans love to break down and talk about favorite seasons of the shows they love, and why a certain character is so funny to them. Having a moment to sit and decipher who the “coolest” character is doesn’t necessarily mean you’re taking away from any other items like social commentary that could be understood when watching a program.
That’s just the way it is, and as long as there are no insults being hurled between people, I can’t imagine what could be so off about it. If you don’t want your work to be reviewed and analyzed on a regular basis, then I don’t know what to tell you. Don’t make it a serial? How about a movie? Because otherwise, it’s going to happen, and believe it or not, it’s been happening even before the Internet became an essential tool for doing it.
As for the March Madness type competition, there’s the fact that not everyone is into things like the real March Madness. So having fun little tournaments and polls with one’s favorite TV shows provides a fun alternative and method of escapism in comparison to what college basketball fans use. And of course, this isn’t the first time someone’s brought something like this up. So I think it should be asked. Why is it so widely accepted to do this sort of competition with sports but when TV fans do it, it’s weird? Because when you break it all down at the end (yes, pun intended), guess what? It’s all entertainment.