How to Get Away With Murder: The Truth About The ‘Showbiz War’
When the ‘Showbuzz’ war started, it was about one man and one man alone.
As the months went by, however, the stakes became much higher.
Now, after a decade of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,’ the war is all about the ‘War’ on TV.
A war waged on all the stars, including those who have made it to the big time.
It is all but lost on the millions of viewers who are now paying close attention to the battle.
But the truth is, the war on the TV show business is not just a war, it is a war against the very thing it is meant to be about: storytelling.
The war is a battle to the death for who will be the most profitable.
To paraphrase Michael Jackson, it’s all about who can get away with murder.
The most profitable story is the one that is most easily covered up, and the people who are the most willing to take that risk are the ones who have to be killed.
It’s the kind of business that has been the source of much angst in Hollywood, but has also allowed a thriving industry to thrive in the shadow of the most egregious of transgressions.
And it is that very industry that is being threatened in the most direct way.
There is no question that television is an industry that thrives on secrecy.
To the people most in need of a television show, the show itself is a guarantee of safety.
To those who seek the best and brightest, however it’s shown, there is little question about who is getting paid.
But for everyone else, the reality is that it’s about more than a paycheck.
The entertainment industry, as the largest consumer of programming in the United States, is now a war zone.
The people who own the channels are also the people the shows are produced for, and this is a business that is, at its core, about money.
If you watch any of the hundreds of shows that are produced in the U.S. every week, you are likely to come away with the same conclusion: the networks and the studios, in their pursuit of ratings, want to control the narrative, control the quality, control who gets the credit.
This is not a new phenomenon, nor is it unique to television.
We’ve been hearing it for decades.
But now, with the proliferation of streaming platforms, the ability to reach the widest audience possible, and an ever-growing supply of viewers, the threat of financial ruin looms ever larger.
The truth is that the most valuable show on TV is the show you can’t afford to miss.
This article originally appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of New York magazine.