Monday, October 16, 2006
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Maudissez cette culture américaine séduisant!
In the International Heald-Tribune, Eric Pfanner reports that despite rising anti-Americanism in Europe, American television has actually become more popular, not less:
In the Parliaments and pubs of Europe, the United States may wallow in least-favored-nation status. But on European television, American shows have not been as popular since the 1980s heyday of "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "The Dukes of Hazzard."It would appear that American television producers have pulled off the same feat as other American multinationals -- marketing their wares to anti-American publics.
My favorite quote from the story: "As recently as 1999, Zeiler said, the only American fare shown during prime time on RTL in Germany was reruns of 'Quincy.'"posted by Dan on 10.16.06 at 08:53 AM
I'd like someone to define the word "edgy" for me.
I've heard it applied to television shows ranging from the ostentatiously self-conscious (Ally McBeal, Sex and the City) to those revolving around sex crimes, exotic diseases and dismembered corpses (CSI, House, Law and Order: SVU), phenomena well removed from the experience of most viewers in America and (one assumes) in Europe as well.
The West Wing was rarely described as edgy, though its subject matter fell well outside the LCDS (lawyer, cop, doctor, soap) categories that dominate television drama. Star Trek in its later iterations was never described as edgy, but the current incarnation of Battlestar Galactica -- distinguished to my mind mostly by its weirdness and the frequency with which its characters suffer emotional breakdowns -- is. Miami Vice was edgy, then was campy and is now nostalgic.
So does "edgy" simply mean fashionable? Fashionable within the entertainment industry? Fashionable with the entertainment industry upon ratification, at least for a season or so, by the viewing public? Or something else?posted by: Zathras on 10.16.06 at 08:53 AM [permalink]
The belief that europeans who disagree with the US's foreign will somehow reject all other american products is highly dubious to say the least.
As far as the UK is concerned the notion that US telly programs are making a comeback based on the fact that the weakest of the 5 terrisital channels (Channel 5) is launching a digital channel devoted to US shows is pretty farfetched.
5 is the smallest and poorest of the UK's terr channels with only 5% of the market. Much of its programming is already sourced from the US because it's very very cheap to do so and it doesn't face any competition for most of the US content from any of the other major channels.(4 occassionaly picks up some of the best US shows (lost,soprano's etc)).
posted by: kenny on 10.16.06 at 08:53 AM [permalink]
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