BY ‘DEOYE FALADE
Over 1500 episodes…and counting…
Not that’s some epic scale of work – writing, iterating, producing, acting, shooting, takes and double takes, you name it. Everything has gone into the beauty we’ve been allowed to feast our eyes on every single day for years now. And we’ve enjoyed every bit of it…mostly.
Tinsel has practically put quality television series back in the view of Nigerians. We wouldn’t have it any other way, the pros far outweigh the cons and if anything, it’s a huge pedestal to keep building on. So far, we’ve seen more series that have kept the pace – with the likes of Shuga, Gidi Up, Hotel Majestic and others coming good as well.
Just one small thing…
Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t it feel like the show is getting tired? Yes we have a respectable number of seasons that if Tinsel were to be wrapped up today, there wouldn’t really be complaints. Sometimes, the show just seems to be running on fumes and if an episode gets you all hyped up today, chances are that the next one just might leave you deflated, wondering what the hell happened. There are complaints from certain quarters that the writers have either lost their mojo or have been restricted from expressing themselves fully and there needs to be some injection of ‘fresh air’ into the show (damn it Jonathan!) Adding stars like Richard Mofe Damijo has helped a bit but that’s just papering over cracks.
So I have a few silly ideas that could help.
Make it weekly
The saying that familiarity sometimes breeds contempt holds true here. When Tinsel entered the fray, we were all hit with the newness of the show and how different it was. Now, nobody around me is talking about yesterday’s episode like they used to a few years ago. There’s no thirst because we’re pumped with episode after episode – everyday! Imagine watching my favourite football team play every day; who does that anymore?
Make us yearn, make us thirst; make us miss the show for a few days. Make it a weekly and reduce the number of episodes per season. It just might.
Kill Someone Important
Yeah, I know that fear that killing off someone important can adversely affect a series but what if you don’t see it as an end but a whole new beginning. What if it opens up a whole new sub-plot within the story and keeps the audience watching to find out what and when the resolution is going to happen? I regularly diss telenovellas but these dudes sometimes have us by the anticipatory jugular by doing this and even though we swear that the last episode we watch is the last indeed, we’re back at it when the next episode comes up. Shock us a little!
Shake Things Up Again (And Again)
Like couples settled into a routine, Tinsel has become somewhat predictable. There are scarcely any surprises anymore. This can change; like I mentioned in the last point, shock us a little. Throw in a new face with a backstory we’ll be curious about. Let’s see an unfamiliar hostile takeover, or mysterious old flame…anything. There are really no limits, only possibilities. The more surprised and unpredictable it gets, the more we keep following.
Coup Dé Grace Anyone?
With over 1500 episodes and a respectable amount of years on the clock Tinsel has what would make some weekly series that have been on for a decade go green in hulkish envy. The industry is better off with a new crop of young, talented actors and television is far better. It has a good number of successors too so putting the show to rest isn’t really a bad thing.
All good things really do come to an end. If Tinsel were to end today, I’d reckon that there’ll be more applause and less complaints.