Why ‘Newsroom’ will live on: Why Dickinson will live on

Dickinson, a tech-based series that aired for the first time in July 2016, is finally ending. But its homages can live on. The series, whose executives are still speaking to us via email, will…

Why ‘Newsroom’ will live on: Why Dickinson will live on

Dickinson, a tech-based series that aired for the first time in July 2016, is finally ending. But its homages can live on.

The series, whose executives are still speaking to us via email, will be ended after 13 episodes airing over 11 months. It was created by Adrian Zachary, who also wrote and directed many of its episodes, plus Marley Shelton, who created the interiors.

It’s survived for so long because of its ability to meld well with other ’80s-style offerings. It’s four-to-a-sextet, with multiple actors playing the same characters. That’s not dissimilar to TV classics like Welcome Back, Kotter or Diff’rent Strokes, and both are inlaid into the premise. People play characters named Walter and Rudy, and at the start of the seasons, the characters all discuss the same things: pro football, pop music, how much alcohol is in their boozing cup. They all drink, they share same affectations, and the interactions escalate to heights of intimacy.

And that’s the trick: The writers needed that specificity. When Simpson, Rob Reiner’s sitcom, came around, and there was an attempt to make him someone else, we found it boring. The 1980s was home to plenty of great, quality shows, but when one producer took over for another character, there was always a major shift to the ground game.

All that ’80s nostalgia does not vanish when you step away from it. There are always pieces of it that live on. “Simpson” made us want to watch “The Wonder Years,” “Full House,” and “Happy Days,” but “Dickinson” made us want to watch “The Hogan Family,” “Stacked,” “The Munsters,” and “Family Matters.”

And that’s all they were.

Read the full story at Business Insider.

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