The Most Lucrative Talk Show Formats

Posted by admin on July 30th, 2013

It used to be that the only families shown on TV were extremely traditional and all the same: a dad who worked, a mom who stayed home, and a few children who got into typical escapades. With today’s changing world, San Diego Cable , television has also adapted to tell stories about new kinds of families. The sitcom Modern Family plays on the very idea of traditional families. While there is one mother-father-children family in play, they are only one of three families the show follows. One is a gay couple and their adopted Chinese daughter, and the other is an older man with a much younger wife, her son, and the baby they had together. The dynamics of these three families is refreshing to anyone tired of old TV family cliches. The New Normal is another sitcom that pokes fun at the idea of traditional families. The story centers around a gay couple who are looking to have a child, so they hire a surrogate. They then invite the surrogate and her elementary-school-aged daughter to live with them until the baby is born. This group of friends bonds together as a family long before there’s an actual living baby to tie them all together.

Challenge Our Minds: Raising the Bar for Traditional Television

Posted by admin on May 27th, 2013

Generally, TV is thought of as mindless entertainment. However, it can be very thought-provoking, as well as a communal experience that strengthens the bonds of family and friendship. Shows that are well-written and explore deep topics as well as providing compelling character arcs satisfy a primal need for myth-making that is missing in a secularized society. People find meaning through stories that are told well, and the more challenging these tales are, the more they can heighten the consciousness of those watching.

Additionally, because the Internet is such an important part of daily Read the rest of this entry »

Television Violence: For Entertainment or a ‘How To’ Guide?

Posted by admin on May 24th, 2013

The rise in violence throughout the world has led many people to suggest that violence on television has condition everyone to violence, which makes them more likely to commit violent crimes. This view is completely unfounded and is only trying to keep everyone from enjoying the great art that they have come to love.

If someone is going to commit a violent act, then they are going to do it no matter what they watch on television. Millions of people watch these violent television shows, but there are only a small percentage of people in Read the rest of this entry »

Reality Programming’s Evolution – Or Is It Devolution?

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2013

In the days of old, or at least the late 90s and early 00s, reality tv was nothing more than something that was used to take up a few hours of airtime. Now in 2013, reality tv is dominating our television screens and it shows no signs of slowing down. In the early days, reality tv was centered around regular people trying to survive together in a city but now with the advent of the internet and the new meaning of celebrity, many of these “regular people” have now become celebrities in their own right.
Before the days Read the rest of this entry »

Do Family Sitcoms Truly Represent Today’s American Family?

Posted by admin on May 20th, 2013

Today, we find that sitcoms have fallen out of favor. There is a distinct trend towards dramas, dark comedies and similar shows, but the golden age of the the sitcoms were likely in the late nineties and early aughts. Did these sitcoms ever show the American family?

It can be argued that the early sitcoms, which featured children living in mansions, was not reflective of the normative American experience. However, when the sitcom Roseanne burst on the scene, which featured a blue-collar family that bickered even as they loved each other, things Read the rest of this entry »

Traditional Family Fare for Non-Traditional Families

Posted by admin on May 19th, 2013

It used to be that the only families shown on TV were extremely traditional and all the same: a dad who worked, a mom who stayed home, and a few children who got into typical escapades. With today’s changing world, television has also adapted to tell stories about new kinds of families.

The sitcom Modern Family plays on the very idea of traditional families. While there is one mother-father-children family in play, they are only one of three families the show follows. One is a gay couple and their adopted Chinese daughter, and the Read the rest of this entry »