I was wondering what you all think of shows these days using songs instead of having an orchestra play an actual score for a TV series like they did with Dallas? Dallas usually had good scores which enhanced the emotion the actors were trying to convey. I think having an actual score is far superior to having a song which wasn't even written for that TV show play. I call those "VH1 scores" Once in a while that works but usually it falls far short of what a good score provides. TNT Dallas used that "VH1" style of score a lot. Once in a while, like when they played Johnny Cash's "Hurt" it was memorable and effective. Most of the time it wasn't. I suspect shows these days are doing it because they don't want to spend the money for an actual score. Even people who are highly regarded in TV, like Vince Gilligan, use songs instead of having a real score with an orchestra. Even when they use well known songs, they rarely use the original version. They have somebody else do a cover version of the song because that costs them less money. They keep cutting corners every way they can possibly think of, just like how they have gradually added more and more minutes of advertising to one hour long TV shows. There was a thread recently about why you don't see networks playing Dallas episodes more often. Along with the answers given, another reason is that those early episodes of Dallas are about 48 minutes. That only leaves 12 minutes for advertising and today most networks want to put in about 18 minutes of advertising into every hour of programming.