Friday, 10 October 2008

Bill Harris style

It doesn't happen as often as it should, but the appeal of TV writer Bill Harris increases when he has a multi-item column, as he did Thursday.

If readers come upon a full TV column about Tori Spelling or that talentless rich bimbo, for example, and keep on going, you have lost your audience for the day.

But write about several different people or TV shows and your readers are more likely to find something of interest.

Former Page 6 columnist Gary Dunford mastered the multi-item column for three decades, Joe Warmington does it with his Scrawler columns, as does Bruce Kirkland on his DVD page.

It makes for perfect tabloid fare.

But back to Bill Harris.

In a perfect world, his TV column would be on the page opposite the TV listings page.

The daily TV listings page, by the way, is almost perfect with its listings format, capsule comments, David Letterman's Top 10 list etc. It would score a 10 if all of the (N)s for new episodes were in place.

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