I have a friend who keeps two DVRs running day and night. She loves TV that much. I used to think this was one DVR too many. Now I see her point.
House, Modern Family, Mad Men, The Good Wife, Glee, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Dexter, Fringe, The Closer, Weeds, The Office, The Simpsons, Psych. Just for starters.
Then there’s the anthropological riches of Reality TV The Real Housewives, Project Runway, Wipeout, Ice Road Truckers, Jersey Shore, Deadliest Catch, Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race and American Idol
And now the new Fall season and lots of interesting newcomers: Terriers, Rubicon, The Big C, Boardwalk Empire.
So much for Newton Minow’s "wasteland." So much for academic orthodoxy. So much for the intellectuals who bet heavily on the idea that television was bankrupt and moribund. (No metaphor was left unmixed.) For a wasteland, TV is surprisingly fecund.
Would love to hear from readers how this Fall season compares to last. I can’t honestly remember.
Minow, Newton. 1961. Television and the Public Interest. An address delivered 9 May 1961, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, DC. click here.