TV is said to reflect society, but sometimes it really does reflect the ideas of TV managers.
Some TV managers are obsessed with diversity, equality, and the future of the planet.
Which is very good. However, sometimes TV managers are only aware that these ideas are trending and think they can use them to improve ratings. That's fine, we suspect.
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But instead of creating new shows to explore these important issues, they try to make their current TV shows reflect them instead, even if they don't fit comfortably. And the screenwriters who have to do what they were told don't seem to be trying too hard. It's almost as if they don't really care.
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10 Hey, transgenderism is trending, let's do that
Transgenderism is a hot topic. Everyone seems to have an opinion about it. So why not introduce a transgender character in every show? We can show that transgender people are just like us and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
Oh, but wait. What if we have a show where none of the characters treat someone with dignity and respect? Like shameless. The story of a drunk father and his low-dirt Shameless family was famous for not waking up. Even the series' gay characters find it difficult to deal with “way out” concepts such as bisexuality.
Anyway, keep going. We can get the transgender character to explain transgenderism to gay men in a nightclub while stroking a penile prosthesis. That will convey the message of dignity and respect.
And if you are confused about gender pronouns and want to know more, watch the video above and everything will be clear. . . or not.
9 Diversity is good, here is a lesbian
When television characters suddenly change their sexuality, this is somewhat disturbing for the viewers. Sure, Ellen Degeneres did it on her show, but then it was a sitcom based on her life and personality, and Ellen came out in real life at the same time, which is understandable (although her show was canceled a season later ).
But Veep's motifs seem more difficult to fathom. Sure, it's difficult to be the daughter of a vice president. Makes dating difficult. Maybe it was.
Or there aren't too many laughs to get out of a heterosexual relationship.
I know let's make her a lesbian.
Sarah Sutherland's character changes from an engagement to a man to an appointment with her mother's female security guard with no intervening character development and barely pauses before the affair is turned for the good of her mother's political career.
It is almost as far as if the authors had some really funny gay jokes and only needed a gay character to hold them down.
8 If stupid is funny, fool must be funnier, right?
You create a character with a peculiarity and its wit. Ned Flanders is nice, but a little holier than you neighbor – let him be a rabid Bible knocker. But it's not just the Simpsons who are guilty of defaming their characters.
Take Kramer in Seinfeld, for example. Kramer is eccentric. You can tell that from his funny hair. In fact, his hair gets funnier every year. Or at least higher. And his behavior moves from just eccentric to downright bizarre.
Does it make it funnier? Could be. Maybe not. However, it is more likely that some lazy writers would confuse a personality trait with a personality and use it for whatever it was worth.
7 I know we do politics, we all agree
Some programs are born political, others have political impulses. If your program is a buddy sitcom with a heterosexual and vapid Jewish interior designer and her gay and obsessed WASPy lawyer, politics isn't always obvious. Will and Grace, a lifestyle comedy about living in New York in the 90s, was smart and fun and successful for 8 seasons.
And then they brought her back. Will and Grace only made politics for one night. Until then, the show was rather anti-political. The characters were too selfish to be politically active, although they sometimes pretended to be.
The awkward 10-minute Will and Grace special assumed that her audience was all progressive Democrats, and the show was proud of Trump. Which is a little jump. While previous shows had occasionally joked about conservative attitudes and politics, this restart was a sweeping partisan show.
While the restart was a special and not a regular episode, nobody looked comfortable. The humor wherever he was was forced, and even canned laughter seemed tense. This was unfortunate because the special was the beginning of a restart of Will and Grace, which tried very hard to weaken politics, but couldn't quite do it for two whole seasons (with a third). Not surprisingly, the total audience for the politicized series was "less than a third the size of the original" 90s series. "
6 Hooray, we achieved our goal, now we pretend we would not have done it
Some television shows have concepts that are perpetual. Others have a clearly defined goal. Take the prison break, for example. Series 1 is about two brothers trying to break free from prison. The concept is in the title, for heaven's sake. So if they manage to break out of jail at the end of season one, their job is done.
Turn off the lights and go home.
But the series was a success, and a successful series can't stop in season 1. So what do the authors do then?
They have a season of Lincoln and Michael on the run, and then they put them back in jail for season 3.
At what point, the crowd turned out in droves.
Prison Break is not the only show that falls for it. The premise of The Mentalist was that Patrick Jane, played by Simon Baker, helped the police with their cases while using them to catch the man who brutally murdered his wife and child. Every few episodes, he reminds the team that that's the only reason he's there.
In the middle of the sixth season, they catch him.
Then Jane goes on vacation and returns to work for another 27 episodes.
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5 I am a woman, hear me roar
Feminism. It's been a while, but it still seems to confuse screenwriters.
Take Supergirl for example. Already on dangerous ground, because it should be easy to call her Supergirl instead of Superwoman (OK, that's up to the comic makers, so we give them a passport), to portray Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, as a strong independent woman  After all, she is a super woman (sorry, girl).
So why does everyone on the show have to keep talking about how strong and independent they are? Strange.
But it's not just the superhero shows that feel the need to portray their female characters as badasses. Being a feminist always seems to mean being strong. Male characters can of course be strong, but they can also be other things.
Women just get strong.
And talk about it. A lot of.
4 Just say no, no, no.
Do you remember the fresh Prince of Bel Air? The Philly streetwise kid who lives in Bel Air with his rich relatives? Will Smith knows the ways of the world. He was brought up on the Mean Streets. He knows what is what.
And then, three seasons later, he is tempted to use drugs. Not so that he can celebrate, but so that he can learn. Of course, he doesn't really take them because he's too smart, but his cousin accidentally swallows some because he thinks they're vitamins and "almost dies".
The episode is even called Just Say Yo and clearly refers to Nancy Reagan's ridiculously simplified Just Say No campaign, and the episode feels as if it was written by the same people who wrote its slogans.
The fresh prince is not alone. Programs that target teenagers often have characters who are considering using drugs, but ultimately think better about them, while programs that target adults have characters that drop their hair. But only once. They smoke a little weed and giggle a lot before they are finally sick / paranoid / locked up, whereupon they give a little talk to us and us about the dangers of drugs.
None of this is entertaining. Although Carlton dances on amphetamines.
3 You have to cancel the show before we have to explain what's going on.
Ah, lost. This great writing experiment where the authors gasped that they didn't have to tie any loose ends at all. Someone noticed that TV shows are canceled, and when they are canceled no one tells you how it ends.
Why not make the best of it?
Always throw strange things in, for example polar bears. time-traveling puzzles or a vague and poorly defined illness. Do not worry. You don't have to explain it.
What about some random numbers? Chuck them in too. That will let her guess.
Lost was not the only series in which the authors used this trick, but they were certainly the most obvious. For 5 seasons, they made fans believe that all this craziness would actually lead to something while counting their money. Unfortunately, the network announced that instead of canceling the show immediately, there would be a final season so the writers could tie all these loose ends in a nice, neat arc and give them to their fans.
2 I am not a racist, I know an Indian / Asian / Middle East man.
The variety on television is good. But the Token Asian Friend, not that good.
The ethnic token friend is always smart – usually a computer programmer / math genius / astro-physicist. He is always shy, withdrawn and ridiculously respectful of people who are in no way his superior. And above all, he never gets the girl.
Take, for example, the big bang theory. Raj Koothrappali, played by Kunal Nayyar, cannot even speak to women for 6 seasons. It is reduced to doing a stupid pantomime when someone appears in the room. He is the last character to find a partner. Even Sheldon, the human robot, is paired long before Koothrappali sees an action.
Or how about Community, a sitcom located at a community college. Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi) is a film student from the Middle East. That means he makes film references instead of talking to people. Because of course he can't speak to people. He is too shy.
The non-white token friend is never the best friend, just a friend. Sometimes they disappear for episodes at the same time and nobody wonders where they went. You are neither the main character nor the best friend of the main character. You are neither the protagonist nor the antagonist. But they check this box for diversity.
Here is a radical idea. Why not have an Asian / Indian / Middle Eastern character who is a bit of crap in math but has great skills in dealing with people, has a lot of charisma and always gets the girls?
1 I may be dead, but boy Did I wake up?
Even zombie shows don't get rid of Hollywood's insatiable need to be on the news. Take The Walking Dead, for example. The post-apocalyptic zombie horror franchise seems to meet all of the criteria.
It has bad (sorry, strong and independent) women.
It has a militant anti-capitalist agenda.
It has a rainbow nation of characters. both alive and undead.
There is a gay man and a lesbian.
Even if you don't count the zombies, the show has a large number of disabled characters.
There is even an Asian friend who is more than a character.
Finally a show that manages to put the story before the news, right?
Well, maybe not. A careful analysis of TWD deaths has shown that the number of middle-aged white men killed has grown disproportionately to their number in post-apocalyptic society over the course of the series.
Is this cynical? Agenda pushing narrative? Probably.
Or is it perhaps the case that the communist, feminist, homosexual, ethnic minorities are finally getting their own back?
Let's hope so.
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