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The Shakespeare Channel
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1321  Thursday, 29 June 2000.

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Jun 2000 11:14:19 -0700
Subject:        The Shakespeare Channel

Pervez Rizvi and I have been bantering about what a silly idea it would
be to have a new cable television channel, The Shakespeare Channel:  All
Shakespeare, All the Time.  While we admit we'd probably watch it, the
idea surely has limited potential.  Once you have endlessly shown all
extant TV productions and films made from the plays, what next?  A
couple of our ideas were not completely silly.  For example, I suggested

> Give Stanley Wells a chat show, broadcast documentaries on The
> Wars of the Roses, early modern comedy, and antecedents to
> Shakespearean tragedy...

But then it degenerated to

> Oh, mustn't forget The de Vere Hour.  The madcap adventures of
> the zany Earl of Oxford in his quest to write a decent line of poetry

And the show  Shakespeare Quiz.

> "Who wrote As You Like It?"

> "Shakespeare."

> "You win!  Who wrote Othello?"

> "Shakespeare."

> "You win!  And now for the grand prize, who wrote Two Noble Kinsmen?"

> "That is interesting.  It is a collaboration between Shakespeare
> and John Fletcher, almost certainly, but there is some disagreement
> as to who wrote which...

> "Sorry, but your answer to too long and complicated for television.  You lose."

Pervez had a couple of excellent suggestions.

> I think there's more fun to be had with this Shakespeare channel idea.
> Quiz show questions like "Which Shakespeare play has a character
> called Hamlet?"

Cool.  We could come up with questions about Othello, Macbeth,
Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra.  There is no end to the giggles.  Then
we could really trick them with the question, "Which Shakespeare play
has a character named The Comedy of Errors."

> You and Terry Hawkes in a wrestling match.

Hey, I'd kick his Cultural Materialist butt so hard my foot would get
stuck!  I was taking lessons from Orlando, but he kept calling me
Ganymede.  Besides, he kept trying to kiss me.  Yuck!

> You and Judy Craig on Blind Date.

I can't speak for Ms. Craig, but I suspect we would agree on something
for the first time: this program should be titled The Unreal  World.

How about having Richard Burt host a program about transgressive
Shakespeare?  He could host it from his bed and in his pajamas.

I'd pay big bucks to see this kind of programming.  Maybe five or six
cents a year. Make that a decade.

Feel free to join in the fun.

Mike Jensen
 

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