For the past few weeks I’ve been meeting with TV producers and pitching a TV show idea I have about a private eye in Montreal.
The pitch meetings have been going well but all the producers have said the same thing:
Private eye shows aren’t in right now.
Of course, they probably just don’t like my pitch and are being polite, and that’s fine, but they usually then reminisce a little and talk about how much they loved The Rockford Files or Simon and Simon or Mannix or Tenspeed and Brownshoe (a favourite of mine) or Remington Steele or the Spenser TV movies or, well, you get the idea, there have been a lot of private eye shows.
But there aren’t many now.
The producers aren’t sure why, they just feel a private eye show is too much of a risk. When I ask why that might be no one knows, of course, that’s just the way it is.
Now, when they ask me why it’s a private eye show and not a cop show I say, oh well, that’s easy, and give my standard answer to that question: cops are people whose job it is to respond to a crime and to follow the rules and collect evidence that will be admissable in court and lead to a conviction.
Private eyes are trying to find the truth.
So far my answer hasn’t been going over that well, but I’m going to keep trying because I think private eye shows are due for a comeback.