Saturday, October 20, 2007
Here's an article written by Adam Till, creator of the Showtime TV series Billable Hours, in the debut issue of Precedent.
It kind of gives an interesting history of the show. What he wanted was to create a one-hour "dramedy" on the awful life of young associates. But TV executives all turned it down. They said no one would want to watch any hour drama on the miserable life of young associates!
They're right! You think the audience wants to spend an hour watching associates do document review in conference rooms? Or waste away in an office working on file after file?
No wonder they turned the show into a comedy. Smart move. Actually, I think maybe these executives in Canadian television saw what happened with a show called The Associates, produced in Canada for CTV. It didn't last very long. That was kind of a dramedy, too. I think these TV guys figured they tried the format already and it didn't get the ratings, so why bother with another one? That's my theory, anyway.
The other thing that struck me about the article was that Till said half his law school class bailed out of practice two years after they graduated law school. Fifty per cent!!! That's ridiculous. I think it must be a product of the law school he attended, though (Osgoode Hall at York University). The people there got jobs in Toronto, where the hours are long and life is really bad. In fact, in Toronto the hours are the worst in the country. Absolutely the worst sweatshop conditions imaginable. I know people in Calgary complain about the hours there, too, but Toronto is way worse. And the attrition rate there is through the roof; the bosses there are just ungrateful jerks from the sounds of it.
What can I say? Law really is boring and a miserable life.