Recently I moved to another city in New Hampshire and because of that I had to purchase a different cable tv package from a different cable provider. Because of being so busy these last couple of weeks, I haven’t watched alot of tv until one day last week on a very rainy day I took the day off and just vegetated. During my vegetation and while lying down on the couch I took the time to flick through the hundreds of cable channels that I had purchased when all of a sudden I stopped in delight.
Back in the day (specifically the late 80′s to the mid 90′s) I was a huge fan of a dramatic tv show called Matlock which starred Andy Griffith as a brilliant veteran Atlanta Georgia defense attorney named Ben Matlock.
And for me the episode that truly made me a cult superfan of Matlock was the 1991 episode called “The Strangler” which had Ben Matlock matching wits with sadistic “like to humiliate em’ before he killed em’ serial lawyer killer,” Jeffrey Spidell who was portrayed brilliantly by veteran character actor, Richard Gilliland who just happens to be married to Jean Smart who starred in the hit tv show, Designing Women which was also set in Atlanta Georgia.
Anyhoo, with me catching up on many episodes of the show over the past couple of days some of which I haven’t seen in 21 years and all the media hoopla surrounding the latest reboot of the movie, Superman, this got me to thinking.
In an unimaginative keep rebooting the same old shit over and over again Hollywood millenium world, I am going to throw my hat into the ring and propose a semi-imaginative reboot.
CBS Television Studios or any tv or motion picture studio who wouldn’t mind partnering up on a venture with CBS needs to hire a kick-ass writer to either write a full fledged novel or screenplay called “Spidell” and then turn it into a Hannibal Lecter style movie/tv franchise.
As a fan of Matlock and the Jeffrey Spidell episodes I always wished that the writers of the show would have made a companion mini-series while the show was on the air back in day that delved into the early life of Jeffrey Spidell like the book, Red Dragon did in regards to Hannibal Lecter.
Another anyhoo, since there are alot of fans of the Matlock tv show and the late great, Andy Griffith himself, like me, i’m pretty sure it could be a box office hit especially with the older generation which Hollywood often overlooks.
So hollywood, have at it and don’t you wish that you guys and dolls had imagination like me?