Drew Barrymore: ‘1950s-Style Shows Wouldn’t Work' Today, Because ‘We’ve Come Too Far’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 8, 2018 | 3:50 PM EDT

Actress Drew Barrymore: "We've come too far." (Screenshot)

The entertainment industry has “come too far” to return to its wholesome roots, actress Drew Barrymore said in an interview published Thursday.

Only shows with “a big, daring spine” can attract viewers these days, Barrymore told the Hollywood Reporter, when asked about her “responsibility to comment on what’s going on in the world.”

Successful family-oriented programs, like “Leave It to Beaver,” just won’t work today, Barrymore said:

“You have to have a big, daring spine in a show or you've lost the audience now. 1950s-style shows wouldn't work. We've just come too far, it's all been put out there and we can't go back to Leave It to Beaver. I mean, they could make a show called Leave It to Beaver today, but it would be very different. (Laughter.)

“But it's a tricky, slippery slope to put yourself out there. It's so hard to be right, and you're possibly wrong, and then you feel bad and you pull back, so I like doing it through my show.”

Still, being edgy and opinionated can adversely affect an entertainer’s other enterprises, so the choice to be controversial must be a calculated “business decision,” Barrymore cautioned:

“It's a business decision. I have other companies outside of film. I sell a lot [of beauty and fashion products] at Walmart, Amazon, Ulta, all these different companies, and I don't want to alienate people.”

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