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TelevisionWeek is happy to welcome kids television creator Tommy Lynch to its roster of bloggers who have made a mark on the TV industry. Mr. Lynch brings a history of success in the children's and tween genres to the table. His first animated effort, "Class of 3000," debuted Nov. 3, 2006, on Cartoon Network. Stay tuned to Mr. Lynch's blog for a chronicle of the ins, outs, ups and downs of being an independent producer of youth- and family-oriented TV.

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Shutting Down for the Holidays

December 13, 2006 12:29 PM


First of all, I apologize for my tardiness. I haven't written in awhile. Thanksgiving, then a trip to NY to talk to the buyers, then a visit from my Children ….

I know. Excuses, excuses. I feel like I'm in seventh grade all over again, being sent to the principal's office.

But that's not the point.

The point is, this industry shuts down in about a week until the New Year. I'm trying to keep my focus, even though I can't get to Christmas fast enough.

Most industries don't shut down for the holidays. Wall Street? They work the 24th and the 26th. Attorneys? One of my friends takes four days off. The other: two and a half days. I'm not kidding. He goes home around 1pm on the 24th and returns to the office on the 27th. That's his RULE, one that he's followed for the past twenty-six years. Those two and a half days are even blocked out on the personal calendar his WIFE gives him every year.

Yet, here I am. Waiting for vacation. Waiting for a chance to breathe. A chance to reconnect with what really matters:

Nothing. And by that I mean—those moments that you're able to just NOT THINK, to just BE, to decompress.

Is it strange that our industry operates like a school? What other adults have a "winter break"? It's like we've never grown up.

Maybe that's why when I create, my innate propensity leans towards "youth culture". Some people may translate this into "programming that serves the emo of 12-24". But I'm creating shows about 35-year-olds. About 62-year-olds.

Those characters aren't young. But I'd like to think their approach to life is "youthful". That is, I hope that all my shows show that there's an inherent hopefulness in the idea that—no matter how old you are—your future is always in front of you.

My Senior VP would call that a "banal platitude".

Maybe it is. Then again, he'd say "'maybe' is a word that inherently isn't sure of itself". And while there may be brilliance in that, it's that kind of banal platitude that slows life down by analyzing it too much.

And until we shut down for the holidays, I don't have any time to slow
Down ….

Tommy

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