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2002-11-15 09:27:02 AM  


2002-11-15 09:27:06 AM  
Gone are the days that John Cleese can be seen, seated, behind a desk, uttering slowly: "and now for something completely diferent."
2002-11-15 09:27:20 AM  
"Actors in US sitcoms and drama series are speaking more words a minute than ever before in a bid to make their characters appear more intelligent and appeal to younger viewers."

This from the same people who had to have Trainspotting subtitled - Britain surrenders
2002-11-15 09:31:22 AM  
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American sitcoms at their best
2002-11-15 09:31:50 AM  
"Moonlighting ... is thought to be the first show to use "fast track" dialogue"

Feh. Neil Simon was doing this much earlier.

(and I almost typed Paul Simon)
2002-11-15 09:32:21 AM  
All network TV sucks.
2002-11-15 09:33:27 AM  
Corblimeybitofasticywicket, eh wot?!
2002-11-15 09:35:47 AM  
Actors in US sitcoms and drama series are speaking more words a minute than ever before in a bid to make their characters appear more intelligent and appeal to younger viewers.
Young viewers want intelligence?
Teletubbies... check.
Pokemon... check.
Saved by the Bell... check.
Charmed/Buffy/etc... check
Yup, intelligence sells.
(I realize some these shows are years past their prime.)
2002-11-15 09:36:39 AM  
Bullshiat tagline. It's not about UK at all. It's US comedies they're talking about.
2002-11-15 09:37:23 AM  
Forget about actually being intelligent.
2002-11-15 09:39:25 AM  
i am from Canada.... they think i'm slow.. eh?
2002-11-15 09:39:47 AM  
Chapman: Trouble at mill.
Cleveland: Oh no - what kind of trouble?
Chapman: One on't cross beams gone owt askew on treadle.
Cleveland: Pardon?
Chapman: One on't cross beams gone owt askew on treadle.
Cleveland: I don't understand what you're saying.
Chapman: [slightly irritatedly and with exaggeratedly clear accent] One of the cross beams has gone out askew on the treadle.
Cleveland: Well what on earth does that mean?
Chapman: *I* don't know - Mr Wentworth just told me to come in here and say that there was trouble at the mill, that's all - I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.
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2002-11-15 09:39:47 AM  
What the hell is the "MTV Generation" anyway. IIRC, "Miami Vice" was marketed to the "MTV Generation".
2002-11-15 09:43:07 AM  
Nobody expects the SPANISH INQUISITION!!
2002-11-15 09:43:21 AM  
When I dated a guy from England he slowed his speech down for Americans becuase otherwise they could not understand
him and he would constantly be asked " What's that ? "
2002-11-15 09:43:58 AM  
This really farks me off. NOWHERE in the article does it mention the UK, except to tell you what UK channel one of the many AMERICAN examples they give is being broadcast. Read the farking article before posting it you twat. This has nothing to do with the UK.

2002-11-15 09:46:10 AM  
why are they marketing shows toward the mtv generation? their attention span is far too short to watch an entire 30 minute tv show.
2002-11-15 09:46:22 AM  
Perhaps the moron who posted this article should read more slowly in order to appeal to anyone with an IQ above his shoe size. He has completely misunderstood what the story in the Guardian was about.

It isn't the UK TV actors who are being told to speak more quickly to appear more intelligent to US audiences, it is the AMERICAN actors in dross like Scrubbs, Gilmour Girls etc.
2002-11-15 09:46:34 AM  
Jay_vee: Thereisnoneedtogetsoupsetaboutittherearemisleadingheadlinesallthetimei​tisn'tap ersonalattackonyouasshat.
2002-11-15 09:47:50 AM  

I just spotted your post after I'd made mine. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks that guy eats his food through a straw.
2002-11-15 09:48:57 AM  
VD: The "MTV Generation" are those who still get pissed off that black people make money from music.
2002-11-15 09:49:59 AM  
This whole debate could be solved by turning over television to mimes.
2002-11-15 09:52:36 AM  
They're just speaking faster because they speed up the video to get more commercials in during the show. As far as 'Gilmore Girls,' doesn't Lorelei speak quickly because she's always highly caffinated?
2002-11-15 09:53:30 AM  
For some reason, that article reminded me of those Fed Ex commercials in the 80's with that guy who spoke really, really fast.

Anyway, this is not new - a lot of lower budget B movies in the 30's, 40's and into the 50's had the actors speaking quickly. I never understood why. The Cohen brothers kind of worked it into some scenes in The Hudsucker Proxy.
2002-11-15 09:55:49 AM  
any whose been to england knows that when folks with a british accent speak fast, it sounds they have a mouth full of marbles. or maybe its just me. (No offense)
2002-11-15 09:56:13 AM  
11-15-02 09:46:34 AM Flammable_Toilet
Jay_vee: Thereisnoneedtogetsoupsetaboutittherearemisleadingheadlinesallthetimei​tisn'tap ersonalattackonyouasshat.
all I could understand from that is "there is no need to get soup."

whats soup gotta do with it?
2002-11-15 09:56:54 AM  
Flammable_Toilet: Okfairenoughmayhavebeenaslightoverreactionbasedonthethreepintsofyoungsordinary ihadoverlunchbutitjustbugsmealittlewhenthewholeworldstartssayingthatweareunint elligblebasedonanarticleabouthteyankstalkingtoofastfvckmeitshardtotypewithnosp acesandwho'reyoucallinganasshatasshat
2002-11-15 09:58:38 AM  
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Survey: Which Golden Girl would you *do*?
2002-11-15 09:58:55 AM  
The general rule is: less talking more eating.
2002-11-15 09:59:57 AM  
After reading this article I relised an important fact (other than the headline is not ture), the shows shown on US network TV is the most horrible crap ever made. Lucky enough for me my work enables it so I am never subjected to watching this bile.
2002-11-15 10:00:48 AM  
Cormee:- So you're giving us a choice between the old one, the thick one, the plastic surgery one, or the bloke. Thanks a lot.
2002-11-15 10:03:17 AM  
here we go: have your say

Which Golden Girl woud *YOU* mount first?


The tall one

the granny

her daughter

View result without voting
2002-11-15 10:10:57 AM  
countdown to my account being suspended...5..4..3..

i didnt think it would work admins :*(
2002-11-15 10:13:18 AM  
Now if we can just get them to spell courrectly.
2002-11-15 10:16:17 AM  
Dumbest actor ever, by their logic.

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William Farking Shatner
2002-11-15 10:17:30 AM  
Americans? - intelligence? - fast talk? - How oxymoronic.
2002-11-15 10:18:27 AM  
I voted for Blanche. Now I have to go sanitize my peepee.
2002-11-15 10:18:37 AM  
Everyone knows that English people are the smartest people on earth.

Americans are stupid because they think they know it all. At least English people used to think they knew it all.

2002-11-15 10:20:47 AM  

Which one is dead? That's the one I'll go for.
2002-11-15 10:22:48 AM  
Farker who submitted article told to read more slowly to appear more intelligent to everyone.
2002-11-15 10:22:50 AM  
"Dialogue coaches"? That ought to open up a whole array of hilarious new situations.

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2002-11-15 10:29:11 AM  
"Scratch the surface of an American and you discover more surface."

All style but no content.

All hat but no cattle.

All mouth but no trousers.

All horn but no goat.
2002-11-15 10:30:15 AM  
Cormee I once saw the granny do a fantastic trick involving razor blades, a ping-pong ball and a bottle of Pepsi in a Bangkok nightclub. I hired her services for the evening and haven't been able to walk properly since.
2002-11-15 10:35:12 AM  
Cormee...I think the more interesting question is which would you mount second.
2002-11-15 10:35:51 AM  
I've noticed this myself. I don't speak a mile a minute, and people DO tend to think you're dumb if you talk a little slow. Kinda sad, because talking fast sorta rules out thinking and speaking at the same time.
2002-11-15 10:36:19 AM  
"If someone doesn't think one scene if funny, another one is coming right away," he said.

So much for craft. Just shoot a bunch of crap at people and maybe something in there will be funny.
2002-11-15 10:40:09 AM  
CoolBeansThat comment about John Cleese reminds me of listening to the Voice of America doing a news report in 'special English', which is about one word every two seconds. That would put me to sleep in no time.

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2002-11-15 10:42:14 AM  
Though people who speak slowly ARE stupid, it's not them that you need to watch out for - it's the quiet ones.

The ones that don't try to interrupt when you're talking. The ones who actually listen to what you're saying.

They're the scary ones.
2002-11-15 10:43:19 AM  
No one talks faster than the actors in black and white late fifties British films.

2002-11-15 10:58:15 AM  
UK Dr Pepper Salesman:

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