TV theme songs, RIP?

I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about this topic, but what I just read in the San Jose Mercury News rings absolutely true: that in the wake of endless attempts by the networks to keep viewers viewing, the television theme song is dying a slow death. Who has time to spend each week on a song that details the strange relations of The Brady Bunch or the backgrounds of those stuck on Gilligan’s Island? The story points out that, typically, the way series introduce themselves these days is through a montage of what happened last week and a brief logo treatment that only occasionally is accompanied by a piece of music so short it could’ve appeared on Name That Tune. The world weeps.

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor