“I do think there’s a hardening of the culture that’s undeniable. I think reality TV — if you just look at what’s going on this week on ‘American Idol,’ meanness is king. That offbeat behavior. You’re left wondering about the legitimacy of relationships. Reality TV has, I believe, lowered the standards of entertainment, to put it mildly. I think it’s probably harder to entertain the same people with a more classic form of writing, and romantic comedies are a classic genre.” — director-writer Nancy Meyers (The Holiday, Something’s Got to Give) speaking to L.A. Times reporter Rachel Abramowitz about the near-death (i.e., near-total irrelevance) of romantic comedies these days.