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Sitcom Survey: Fox | BP at the Daily

"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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Sitcom Survey: CBS | BP at the Daily

"How I Met Your Mother" is CBS' best sitcom

In today’s issue of the Tufts Daily, I have my first 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 CBS.

Broadcast television runs on advertising revenue. TV networks charge higher ad rates for their more popular programs, since more people watching a particular show means more people watching the commercials during it.

More important than total viewers, though, is the adults 18−49 demographic. The rationale is that these relatively younger viewers are less likely to be set in their ways regarding brand loyalty. Advertisers are willing to pay more to reach those viewers because, to them, it is a better investment.

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Modern Family | “Boys’ Night”

I’m on spring break, so I don’t want to spend too much time writing my review this week, but I figure I should post something just to stay up-to-date. So, after a two-week break, Modern Family was back with a new episode last night, and I have a quick review of it after the jump.

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Why ‘Fringe’ deserves a second chance | BP at the Daily

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.

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Glee | “Original Song”

Glee aired a new episode last night, and I have a review of it after the jump.

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Checking In on ‘The Chicago Code’

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.

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Glee | “Sexy”

I have a quick review of last night’s Glee right after the jump.

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