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Right off the bat, JJ from GOOD TIMES comes to mind. There are also a
few episodes of ROSEANNE where she discusses giving up writing to raise
her kids and marry Dan. Joey from FRIENDS and JOEY is a struggling
actor. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT has Gob who is a frustrated and somewhat
demented magician. SIX FEET UNDER has Claire an art student. Eldon from
MURPHY BROWN paints houses instead of canvases. Caroline from CAROLINE
IN THE CITY draws a comic strip. Rodney currently on RODNEY is an
aspiring stand-up comedian. Finally, NORTHERN EXPOSURE has several
characters you might consider Adam, Even and Chris.

I'm not sure all of these fall into the tormented/demented category,
but at the very least they do seem to be pursuing artistic careers.

-chad

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Chandler Harriss
PhD Candidate
University of Alabama

On Monday, November 29, 2004, at 02:29 PM, Jeremy Butler wrote:

> I'm currently working on a revision of the textbook, Television:
> Critical
> Methods and Applications.  Specifically, I'm revising/enlarging the
> chapter
> on critical methods.  Although I think the auteur theory has very
> limited
> application to television, I have a small section discussing it.
>
> This has led me to thinking about the Romantic, Byronic conception of
> the
> artist--meaning both painters and poets, novelists, musicians, et
> al.--as a
> tormented and usually demented individual.  While it's easy to come up
> with
> dozens of examples of FILMS about such poor souls (e.g., POLLACK,
> BASQUIAT,
> etc. etc. etc.), I'm struggling to think of a single television series.
>
> I suppose there's THE MONKEES and FAME.  And LOVE, SIDNEY did cast Tony
> Randall as an artist.  But surely there are better examples than that.
>
> Or does episodic television not favor the Romantic artist as a
> stereotype
> the way that the cinema does?
>
> I have been thinking mostly of U.S. television since that is where the
> textbook is principally distributed, but I'd be curious to hear about
> any
> instances of television series (and not just one-time documentary-style
> biographies) centered on an artist, author, or musician.
>
> Thanks.
>
>
> Jeremy Butler
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