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    Quote Originally Posted by Rome 2.0 View Post
    Taboo: Adjective: Prohibited or restricted by custom.

    Custom in television is not to look at the camera, regardless of whether ONE show is trying to change that or not. Until more and more shows take the same approach, it will continue to be taboo.
    But custom in a documentary IS to look into the camera. The show is doing a mock documentary of an office situation. So it isn't taboo then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peetie27 View Post
    Wrong. Zack Morris looked at the camera. In Scrubs they look at the camera. In documentaries, they look at the camera.
    Yes, in monologue/interview style, as I've already noted, which is a style where it's acceptable. The Office is a scripted show where they utilize them staring into the camera during the "Reality" style interview segments, but the filming of the characters in the program itself is designed to be an "outsider" view, which is what makes them staring at the camera during that time taboo.

    Where in Scrubs did they look at the camera? I can't recall a single episode when they did that.

    Documentaries are also documentaries. Not scripted programming designed to function as a mockumentary. You're blurring the lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphinity View Post
    But custom in a documentary IS to look into the camera. The show is doing a mock documentary of an office situation. So it isn't taboo then.
    Sure is, because it's still a scripted show, and not an actual documentary. They are intentionally trying to break the rules to break that taboo, but until it picks up and more shows do it, it will still remain taboo.

    Watch the blooper reel for any scripted show that films children and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. The directors and producers are constantly screaming at them not to look at the camera.
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    It's a spoof documentary.

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    Yes, which makes it a scripted show still, hence the taboo.

    Show sucks, anyway. I tried watching it for like the fourth or fifth time again the other night and nearly fell asleep.

    I've seen a few episodes that I chuckled at parts of, but for the most part I just don't like it.
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    So they broke the fourth wall, big deal. Ferris Bueller did it, Parks and Rec does it. Its not taboo if its expected in the genre.

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    Phil, you're not getting the point. It's scripted, but the premise of the show is that it's a documentary. Does it really matter that it's not a real documentary? It's a comedy spoof.

    I mean, I don't like it either. But the whole talking to the camera thing...You're getting weird about it. LOL.

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    This is one show that looks really good that i just missed the boat on and never watched....the other one is House...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peetie27 View Post
    Phil, you're not getting the point. It's scripted, but the premise of the show is that it's a documentary. Does it really matter that it's not a real documentary? It's a comedy spoof.

    I mean, I don't like it either. But the whole talking to the camera thing...You're getting weird about it. LOL.
    Yes, because mocking it as it may be, it's still a scripted show, and the unwritten law of scripted television is not to look at the camera.
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    Well played, sir! Well played.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rome 2.0 View Post
    Well played, sir! Well played.

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    Season premiere tonight.
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    I still can't bring myself to voluntarily watch this lol

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    So not funny.

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    moreso annoying than funny.

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    Cant wait, this is gonna be a great season.
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    nah.

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    Did everything just taste purple for a second?

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    Lost the remote after True Blood. Watched this show. Its truly awful.

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