Skip to comments.TV Will Be a Lot Less Gay Next Year
Posted on 05/14/2013 10:34:16 AM PDT by Maelstorm
As the broadcast TV channels prepare to reveal their fall schedules this week, the renewed-or-canceled announcements that blasted out at the end of last week have already determined one characteristic of the 2013-14 TV season: It will be a lot more heterosexual than the current season, which officially ends next Wednesday.
Among the shows that wont be back next year are The New Normal, Go On, Smash, The Office, 1600 Penn, Happy Endings, Dont Trust the B___ in Apartment 23, 90210, Emily Owens, M.D., The L.A. Complex, Partners, and Southland, all of which featured gay or lesbian characters. (You can find a full list of the cancelationsand renewalsat the bottom of this post.)
With the possible exception of The Office, which finally expired a couple of seasons later than might have been ideal, these shows were all killed because they didnt attract enough viewers. Network TV shows exist to deliver eyeballs to commercials, and if they fail to do so in large enough numbers, theyre doomed, no matter what.
Nevertheless, Im sad to wave goodbye to some of these shows. (Others, like the execrable Partners and the sweet but totally unfunny 1600 Penn, deserved their fate.) This was the year that U.S. primetime television went to new places with its gay characters, many of whom were unquestionably, proudly, and uncompromisingly gaybut had a lot more going on besides.
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Mission Accomplished. They’ve gotten gay marriage in a dozen states and public approval up over 50%. They did what they set out to do.
I guess this would be good news if I watched TV. Network television is so bad these days that a couple “gay” shows are the least of its problems. Its headed off to the graveyard.
to the detriment of society.
True, I couldn’t name one new show from this or the last few years.
Overall, some 38 programs, many first season ones, were cancelled or finished their run.
That is a massive number.
From some of the prelimaries, it looks like many of their replacement next season will also be short lived.
One problem is that they try to develop ‘weekly’ programs based on themes that would better lend themselves to 3-6 hour mini-series. Many of those themes just do not have enough substance to become weekly series for 22 or so episodes.
I watched Fox’s The Following. It was okay, but how many times can the main female character and/or her son get kidnapped and freed in one season? It was at least 4 for each this season.
Don’t count your chickens. They could be back in full....bloom in new shows this fall. You never know.
Every now and then something catches my eye, like The Following, but I can get that on Hulu.
I did see ads for most of these stinkers, but not even the promos looked interesting. The networks just make themselves more and more irrelevant.
Perhaps a little less OVERTLY gay. But LGBT shall continue to be painted in a positive and upbeat manner, as just one of those “minor” variations of character that makes the story “interesting”.
And no network that carries “entertainment” and a good many that carry “historical” documentaries, will disavow the agenda that has been heaped upon our heads like burning coals.
Even sporting events, like the Stanley Cup Playoffs are available to watch on the computer, so I don’t even use the TV much to watch sports anymore.
I'm a big fan of Sons of Anarchy on FX, and Vikings on the History Channel.
I remember the “OLD DAYS” when a TV set was 12inches and black and white. The programming was exciting, interesting and informative in a brand new way.
Now my YV is 42”, Glorious color, stereo sound, takes up little room and the picture is so sharp we can’t sit too close to a sword fight.
The describes the TV set. The television “programming” is so atrocious that I’ve outprogrammed ALL of the “network” channels.
History, science, good old movies carry the day.
They also have mainstreamed homosexuals into the military, firmly placed pedophiles in the education system from college to grade school, and the Boy Scouts are about to cave to the Lavender Mafia.
They’ve been wildly successful on every battlefield.
It’s funny, but the only shows I wind up watching are Mexican soaps, that my wife watches on Univision...They are actually well-produced, and at least for now, they haven’t introduced any faggotry into them. And some of those actresses are ‘muy caliente’ if you know what I mean. ;)
You said it perfectly.
wish modern family would get thrown off.
Faggotry seems to be a major liberal obsession. Less is better!
Gator, I lived in El Paso for about 15 years. The array of beautiful women there is simply astounding.
TV gets some testosterone back however. 24 will be making its return to Fox.
I don’t know Spanish and do no more than pass by the Spanish-speaking channels, but they look like they have sparkle and appreciate masculinity and femininity
best way to watch tv is buying dvd’s of what you want, and watching it when you want. commercial free. not paying outrageous monthly bills for a ton of channels you never watch or hardly watch.
news? i get more news on the internet, faster than tv. who hardly covers anything important. news today is infotainment. and “et” and “the insider” and crap like that are just shills for whatever they’re promoting.
What’s funny about the Mexican soaps is that you’d think they take place in Europe, the only real “Mexicans” you see on them play maids.
done with fox, done with 24, done with Kiefer. they all can go cluster-f themselves.
Si Senior. Muy Caliente!
¡Las mujeres se construyen como casas de ladrillo Muchacho!
You know where I can find one of those old 12” black-and-white TV’s? I want to get one to watch NFL football on for that month when they’re all wearing pink.
I agree. The TV has not been on for many months.I can’t bring myself to watch it. Stupid shows and insipid commercials to fund the stupid shows.
What happened to reading a book and picturing the story in your mind. If you read the book and then watch someone else make a movie of it the movie never lives up to how you pictured it. IMHO
Coincidence? Or is there no "there" there... :-)
What about the show Glee that one targets our teens with queers all over the show..LETS SEE THAT ONE GO...
The show I'll miss is CIS:NY...
This would seem to shed light on the “support” for gay marriage and homosexual acceptance (vice tolerance) that most people who support it to so in a passive or even apathetic way. They aren’t emotionally committed to actively support it, they just don’t oppose it.
It brings to mind the old saying that the love that dare not speak it’s name is now the love that can’t keep quiet about itself. People seem to want to tolerate (again, different from accept). They’re ok with the cute professional gay couple down the street that wear polo shirts and chinos and go antiquing and to artsy plays on the weekend. But they don’t appreciate homosexualty being shoved in their face. And would sing a completely different tune about the couple down the street if it were two guys doing yard work in leather spiked vests and a$$less chaps, or a couple of hefty bettys out in the driveway working on their Harleys while shirtless.
Most people in the USA are straight and white.
They may talk a good game about how “accepting” they are, but when they select their entertainment in the privacy of their own homes they find gay and extreme ethnic activities uncomfortable.
The show execs will sooner or later have to take heed of the market.
I’ve often said if an alien came to earth and watched US primetime tv, he’d infer that the populace was 30% black, 30% Hispanic, and 30% gay.
There might technically be fewer ‘gays’ on tv next year, but I’m sure tv will be as gay as ever.
Seriously, spend a month exclusively watching dvd’s of old shows... “Have Gun Will Travel,” “The Untouchables,” “Sea Hunt,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Combat,” “Dragnet,” “Gunsmoke,” etc., then go back and turn on current network fare again. You’ll quickly realize how pathetically faggoty American culture has become. It’s a sick, perverted joke, what this once-great country has come to.
Gave up on The Following mid-season after about the fifteenth time the crack-pot pulled his Poe-inspired mind trick on the "unsuspecting" authorities. I just got sick of the same thing week after week after week. Same with "Revolution", when they came back from their 3 month "hiatus", I couldn't pick it up, again too repetitive.
Sorry to see "Vegas" get dumped. A little quirky, but it wasn't a bad period piece, showing how the Mob turned Las Vegas into the glitter capital of the world (pre-nObama, of course).
There’s a kids TV show, on Disney about a gay alien even. It’s called Marvin Marvin. The alien kid isn’t “out”, but has all the stereotypical gay male manerisms and the focus of the show is on the difficulties of someone who is “different” fitting in.
It’s just about the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen on TV ( for the very brief time it was on before I turned it off and told the kids to go find books to read instead) but is clearly a desensitization effort targeted preteens.
Meanwhile, two of the big TV stories of the past year: “The Bible” and “The American Bible Challenge” (aka, “Are You Holier Than a Fifth Grader?” ;) )
I guess I’m thick. Why are all you people commenting about TV, when you don’t even watch it?
There is something strange about people who don’t watch TV.
I liked Smash, but the gay thing is just overdone.
I loved Southland, until John Cooper, my favorite character, turns out to be gay. (actually the character he portrayed would NEVER have been gay, but the writers made him gay anyway).
I do watch some network shows, but mostly I watch cable (Direct TV) channels. SyFy, NGO, History, TLC, BBCA, FoxNews, CSPAN, ....I was going to list them but as I was making my list I realized it was too long to list.
I watch car shows, auctions, political shows, Zombie shows, survival shows, nature shows, Alaska shows, gold shows, action/adventure shows, some music shows/concerts etc., movies and more.
I don’t watch soaps, comedies, sports other than NFL football and NASCAR sometimes, lawyer shows, sit coms, cheesy dramas, old passé TV shows.
As far as a little B&W TV goes, I wouldn’t watch TV either. Just like I don’t listen to music on an 8 transistor portable radio anymore. I watch TV on my LARGE HDTV with home theater surround sound Bose speakers. If a show isn’t in HD, it isn’t worth watching. I would rather watch paint dry in HD than watch any non HD or B&W programs.
So, I feel sorry for those of you non TV people. You don’t know what you are missing. There is sooooo much choice of things to watch (or listen to any kind of music), that you don’t have to watch any type of show you don’t want to.
TIVO lets you watch TV commercial free. Lets you watch your shows when you want to, not necessarily as they are aired. What’s not to LOVE?
You non TV people must be a bunch of old Fuddy Duddies. I might think some of you might be my father, but then he’s DEAD and I don’t think they have computers in Hell.
It started when Seinfeld did an episode on masturbation and I was sitting on the sofa with my toddler.
Or did you stop at one point (do tell):
corksuckers are not profitable. With aids... they have a short shelf life.
My kids are much older now, but once I got out of the habit of watching network TV I found that little of what they show is is worth the time to watch.
I’m in the same boat — I didn’t even realize that network TV was putting gay-themed shows on this year. So they came and went without me even noticing.
***Network TV shows exist to deliver eyeballs to commercials,****
WE HAVE A WINNAH!
Years ago I read an article on why some shows were being cancelled. The article went into poor scripts, plots, bad actors, subject matter, and on and on.
Finally at the last they said that the real jury on whether a show was renewed was.....the families with the Neilsen Ratings boxes in their houses.
As long as they keep Modern Family, I don’t care.
Fans of same-sex television shows should not despair, Glee is gay enough to make up for the loss of all the other shows combined, and then some...
Perhaps targeting the demographic with such a large portion of your programming that is 2-3% of the population is not such good idea profitwise? Did they really think that they had stumbled into a gold mine? Down a rabbit hole, maybe.
I disposed of my TV in ‘88. got TV completely out of my system over the next 3 months or so, and have never been back. Two of my four kids have eschewed the box and one of the other two is an entertainer.
The Simpsons have not been funny since season 9.
They were doing what Hollywood and the Networks do well which is projecting their biases rather than serving their customers. If people wanted gay centric programming then LOGO would be huge. Its not for a reason.