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To some degree, his success was less his doing than the CSI New York DVD undoing of HBO. The waning years of the Chris Albrecht/Carolyn Strauss administration were ones where the network was flying so high its head got lodged in the clouds. Recall thumbsuckers like "CSI New York DVD Season" and "John From Cincinnati" and it's tempting to conclude HBO was blinded by its own temporary Midas complex. It's as if the pay channel believed its subscribers would watch anything as CSI New York DVD box set as they slapped the HBO brand on it.
But at the very same time HBO was losing its CSI New York DVDs, Greenblatt was refining the formula for scripted originals. Premium cable has always worked by mixing the profane and the profound, but it's tricky to figure out the right ratio. He didn't hit home runs right CSI New York box set; there was an awkward couple of years where "Huff" was passed off as the next big thing, but even that forgotten drama got Showtime on Emmy's radar.
No, it wasn't until "Weeds" hit the air in 2005 that The Simpsons Box Set truly refined the formula. The drug-dealer comedy brought together the elements that he learned to bring together again and again: strong, brand-name lead (Mary Louise-Parker), inspired The Simpsons dvd season (Jenji Kohan), an avoidance of typical TV formatting (half-hour comedy, but not a sitcom) and a premise that indulged Showtime's content liberties (drugs, drugs, drugs). "Weeds" seemed all the more revelatory because it arrived precisely when TV's comedy tank was running so low that the simpsons dvd box set seemed no one would ever laugh at the medium again. Not an easy time to test the genre.
Greenblatt hasn't exactly avoided comparisons to the simpsons dvd|the simpsons by casting his shows with HBO castoffs like Hall, Falco and "Weeds'" Parker and Justin Kirk ("Angels in America"). But it's simplistic to say he was imitating HBO wholesale; the Showtime series that followed "Weeds" had a provocative charm that the simpsons dvds with the pretensions that suffocated HBO for a while (but that's all over now in the post-"True Blood" era).
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