Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Whither main titles?

Lately, with all the discussions of TV show main titles here and over at Lee Goldberg's blogs A Writer's Life and Main Title Heaven, several have noted the dearth of real-deal theme songs for TV shows anymore. In fact, Associated Press asks whether the practice is going away altogether:

TV themes, from "The Beverly Hillbillies" to "The Brady Bunch" to "Cheers" to "Friends," conjure up memories of cozy nights, childhood bliss and a universal nostalgia for bygone days. But, today, show themes are doing a fast fade as the networks crunch their programming budgets.

"It's a rarity today," TV historian Tim Brooks said of the catchy, tuneful opening. "It's kind of like the Broadway musical producing hit songs — it just doesn't do that anymore."

See the whole story here.

Related links:
Mystery TV Themes: MONK
Mystery TV Themes: IT TAKES A THIEF
Mystery TV Themes: SWAT
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