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How to put the fear of God into networks: Make their ratings drop across with no good explanation as to why.
Certainly Thursday’s results continued the scrambling for explanations of why most long-established shows have taken a nosedive, including such hits as “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, “The Office” on NBC, “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “American Idol” on Fox.
The ratings among 18- to 49-year-olds (the audience advertisers value) were truly eye-popping in some circumstances — and not in a good way. “Grey’s Anatomy” hit its lowest rating ever. So did “The Office.” And “Idol,” which had shown signs of stabilizing in its most recent editions, plunged again, down 14 percent from last week and an impressive 34 percent from the same night a year ago.
“Big Bang” which has been on a steady upswing, suddenly dropped 11 percent.
Survivor also hit franchise low ratings (out of all 24 seasons) on Wednesday night’s season premiere of Survivor: One World.
RIP: Don Cornelius, creator and host of the legendary musical variety show Soul Train, was found dead this morning of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound in his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 75.
Introducing many Americans to soul music through his hit TV show which premiered in 1971, Cornelius helped promote the careers of such musical icons as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson.
He is perhaps best remembered, even among non-viewers, for his signature catchphrase, with which he would end each show: “I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”
Yes this is a real website. Yes they stream ALL the old school toonami and cartoon network shows(Dexter’s Lab, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Jack, Sailor Moon, DBZ, Gundam Wing, etc). Yes they even stream the old school commercials that you remember.
I’m not on my laptop so I have nothing to express my glee.
Gundam Wing OMG!
AND REBOOT TOO! This had to come to me on the weekend right before my Chem, Accounting, & Ancient Civ exams… :(
Zooey Deschanel’s character in The New Girl is probably the clearest example of this right now, as that entire show is based around how quirky and eccentric and, as a result, lovable, Zooey’s character (I think her name is “Eyeface”) is. Except she’s not so much “eccentric” as much as she is “bad at being alive and functioning socially, in the present.” One of her main conflicts in the pilot is that she has a date at a fancy restaurant, but doesn’t know what to wear so she puts on overalls! Classic Eyeface! And one of the male characters on the show goes goofy-eyed and clearly starts falling in love with her instead of, say, yelling, “You’re 27 years old, how do you not know how to dress and function yet? Get your shit together.
Oh, I love this paragraph in particular:
Hollywood is still teaching women that “dumb” is “attractive,” they’re just hipsterfying it. I don’t know when it happened (maybe after Clueless?), but sometime after the ’90s, “Quirky Eccentric Weird Chick” became the new Bimbo. She’s just as insultingly one-dimensional as the archetypal Ditsy Blonde Bombshell Valley Girl character that was all over the place a decade ago, except now she wears vintage knee-socks and listens to The Smiths, and that’s supposed to be better, for some reason.
I never thought of Zooey this way but it makes sense. Hmm.
Remember how Pan Am employed numerous Japanese Nisei stewardesses during the 50’s and 60’s? Remember how they played an integral part in the history of the Jet Age, despite and possibly because of the racism and exoticization they had to face on a day-to-day basis?
OH RIGHT HAHAHA OF COURSE NOT WHY WOULD YOU
Heavens, why ever would it be interesting to discuss the experience of Japanese-Americans during the post-war period.
Today in unsurprising news:
Of the 2,600 episodes analyzed of scripted series for the 2010-2011 season (which comprise of over 170 series), white males directed 77% of all the shows. White women directed 11% and women of color only 1%. The numbers women were the same from the previous season.
Breaking it down a bit further, white men directed 80% of all one hour shows and 74% of half hour series.
The link itself supplies a thoroughly depressing statistical rundown, with some good news highlighted as well.
They mentioned Eritrea on “American Dad!!” Ahahaah, everyone just on that habesha swag!
I love this. :D
I’ve always loved All That because it had way more diverse characters/plotlines for girls, people of color, and persons of size than any other sketch comedy show. Maybe since the actors were kids, the writers felt it was inappropriate for them to play stereotypical roles. SNL could learn a thing or two from this show.