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For today’s Tufts Daily, I wrote the weekly Weekender feature, focusing on the continued lack of racial diversity on television. Although progress has been made over the past several decades, the roles available to people of color are still unrepresentative, qualitatively and quantitatively, of the population of color in the U.S.
I talked to TV critics and writers Mo Ryan (AOL), Dan Fienberg (HitFix), Josh Wolk (Vulture) and Myles McNutt (Cultural Learnings) to get their thoughts on the current TV landscape in terms of racial diversity. After the jump, I have the article intro, and you can read the full article at the Daily website here.
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Tagged ABC, BP at the Daily, CBS, Dan Fienberg, FOX, Josh Wolk, Mo Ryan, Myles McNutt, NBC, Race, Television, The CW, TV
"Bob's Burgers" is a welcome addition to the Fox Animation Domination lineup.
In today’s issue of the Tufts Daily, I have my second piece in a four-part series investigating the current state of network television comedy. I’m taking a network by network approach, and today’s focus is on Fox.
Just as CBS has become the Chuck Lorre laugh factory, Fox serves the same function for Seth MacFarlane. His three series, “Family Guy,” “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show,” are the bedrock of the network’s Sunday night Animation Domination lineup, and at this point often draw more viewers than Fox’s other signature animated show, “The Simpsons.”
As with CBS, though, popularity is not necessarily a measure of quality. MacFarlane’s shows have proven immensely profitable for him and for Fox, but have done so largely by appealing to the lowest common denominator, with cheap humor, gross-out gags and little-to-no character development.
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Tagged American Dad, Bob's Burgers, BP at the Daily, Cleveland Show, Family Guy, FOX, Glee, Raising Hope, Seth MacFarlane, Sitcoms, Television, The Simpsons, Traffic Light, TV
My review of Fringe ran in today’s edition of the Tufts Daily. The article is the latest edition of “Second Chances,” a semi−recurring feature that looks at TV shows that deserve a second chance from viewers. Their ratings may be low, but their quality is high, so if you tuned out early on, here’s our case for why you should give each show another try.
Sci−fi is a tough genre to get right, especially on television. Scientific jargon about aliens and other dimensions doesn’t sit well with the average audience, so sci−fi shows have to carefully balance their genre roots with more exciting action and characters to rope viewers in and keep them watching.
“The X−Files” (1993−2002) did it quite successfully (though arguably less so in its later years), and “Lost” (2004−10) was ABC’s flagship series for the duration of its run. But then there are cases, like “Firefly” (2002−03), which barely last a season. Even “Lost,” well, lost a good chunk of its viewership once it embraced its sci−fi side and revealed itself to be as much about time travel and electromagnetic energy as about its characters.
Glee aired a new episode last night, and I have a review of it after the jump.
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Tagged Beelzebubs, Blaine, FOX, Glee, Jane Lynch, Kurt, Lea Michele, New Directions, Original Song, Recap, Sue Sylvester, Television, TV, Warblers
When I (re)started this blog at the beginning of the semester, I had planned to cover three shows week-to-week: Glee, Modern Family, and something else, possibly a new show that hadn’t started yet. For that third slot, I thought The Chicago Code would be a good fit — it had a good pedigree, promised a degree of serialized storytelling, and generally just looked like a promising show.
But then I started reviewing Greek on a weekly basis. Surprisingly, those reviews brought in the most traffic out of everything I wrote, signaling that I may have been filling an under-served niche, writing for a rabid fan base about a show that got little mainstream coverage. I didn’t want to give that up, but I didn’t have time to do four shows every week, so Chicago Code fell by the wayside.
Greek ended last week, though, so I thought now would be as good a time as any to check in on Chicago Code. I don’t know if I’ll be adding it week-to-week, but I have some thoughts on the first five episodes and on the future of the series after the jump.
FOX didn’t make any unexpected announcements today at the TCA Press Tour, but the network did trot out its new panel of American Idol judges for a Q&A session, and entertainment chiefs Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice candidly answered critics’ questions during the executive session. Some highlights after the jump.
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Tagged Alan Sepinwall, American Idol, Bones, FOX, Fringe, House, Jennifer Lopez, Lie to Me, Lone Star, Raising Hope, Running Wilde, Ryan Seacrest, Steven Spielberg, Steven Tyler, TCA Press Tour, Terra Nova, TV