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Year In Review: TV in 2017

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Year In Review TV in 2017

2017 was a dynamic year for TV and 2018 doesn’t seem like it will have a unifying TV show for the American populace. We saw shows shaken up by sexual harassment, liberalism, Trumpism, and bad writing. Unfortunately some of 2017’s highlights won’t return in 2018.

News

Bill O’Reilly lost his show and much of what remained of his credibility. Fox News shook things up by doubling down on Hannity. President Trump started a feud with Morning Joe. It was brief and the best thing that happened to that show. The liberal media perpetuated the Trump Russia collusion myth lacking evidence all along the way.

It was a particularly bad year for CNN. President Trump also continued feuding with CNN. The feud climaxed over the summer when Trump tweeted a meme of CNN in one of his most retweeted tweets of all time. A meme war ensued after CNN bragged about blackmailing the creator of the gif used by Trump. CNN also tweeted their banana-apple video which has also been fodder for the continued memewar. Ben Shapiro responded most appropriately.

Late Night

By young people standards, they aren’t that late, especially if you bingewatch on Netflix or the DVR. SNL was cool when you were in middle school and could stay up late enough to watch. But these shows were meant to watch on Youtube. There are too many unfunny parts in these types of comedy shows. This year we saw several tearful monologues from the hosts. It’s strange that these host get so much attention on increasingly irrelevant network channels, but nonetheless we saw a lot of Jimmy Kimmel using his kid to promote Obamacare and gun control despite his factual dishonesty. Seriously, millennials will kill this genre too and hopefully soon.

Disney

ESPN has a terrible PR year. Their viewers are down, their content sucks, and their main hostess is an overbearing liberal. But ESPN being a sports-gossip channel is nothing new. They did however, create LaVar Ball, and for that we hate them. But if you’re a Disney stockholder worry not! They are creating a fourth Star Wars Trilogy, more Marvel TV shows, and now own 20th Century Fox. But if your someone who enjoyed these thing, you’re out of luck.

Sports

We watched the grandest choke in sports history early on as the Atlanta Falcons choked a 25 point lead in the Superbowl. We then watched a predictable NBA Finals and a repeat Stanley Cup champion. But who could forget the excited boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. We wanted Notorious to win even though we knew he wouldn’t. Nonetheless, it was great entertainment. After that the NFL ratings fell with the NFL doing everything it can to not mitigate the circumstances. But at least the World Series was great.

Game of Thrones

The seventh season of Game of Thrones came uniting fans globally. However it was the poorest written season or second to Season 5. HBO was in a tough position. They’ve exceeded the books. This is nothing entirely new. However Season Six was largely rushing through books 4 and 5, because season 4 was still largely book 3 and season 5 was mostly deviation: Dorne, Cercei, Jaime, Sansa, Daenerys. Season six rushed through the Ironborn plot in book four as well as the Siege of Mereen in book 5. Now Season Seven had to wrap through events covering book six presumably and book seven. The seventh season was good but disappointing in many ways. The writing relied way too much on nostalgia, kind of like The Force Awakens because HBO didn’t have source material. The deviations they created such as Dorne, Sansa(Bolton), the Greyjoy children all manifested into some of the show’s worst moments such as the Arya-Sansa plotline, and Theon “manning up”. However positive highlights include the Trail of Fire and the Sam’s achievements of better men. And who can forget ice dragons.

Streaming Gains

We can definitely foresee streaming overtaking networks eventually. We learned that Netflix and Hulu may make that happen. While Hulu made the Handmaid Tale so that feminists can masturbate as freak out about Trump and Pence, Netflix made any idea they had into a TV show. Everyone is raving about Stranger Things which is now the Netflix’s golden boy after the whole Kevin Spacey scandal limited the life of House of Cards. Netflix produced some solid content delving into both cliche and “disputed” territory. Popularity grows for British royalty drama The Crown and colonial Canadian fur-trading drama Frontier. The depths of Netflix are vast and need to be explored, thus we should not grow bored in 2018.

Rick and Morty

Season 3 was well-loved to the pleasure of zero Emmy nominations. “But don’t worry, I’m sure the new Will and Grace is better,” said no millennial ever. Nonetheless, this was the show that led to the McDonald’s Mulan McNugget sauce BS promotion. If you’re below the age of thirty, you might not know what it is. Rick and Morty is like Doctor Who, Futurama, and South Park but better than all those things. Season 3 established Rick and Morty’s place as the top animated comedy. In 2017, we got “Pickle Rick!”, the most iconic line of the year from TV.

(Un)Honorable Mentions

The Walking Dead continued it’s slide. South Park attempts to correct its Trump mistake to mixed reviews. Seth McFarland debuted his new show, The Orville, because we needed another sci-fi show with terrible CGI. Speaking of which there was also a new Star Trek show. A bunch of girls watched The Bachelor but at least singing shows are still dead! And anything “unscripted” reality TV.

What the 2018 holds

We likely won’t see any more Game of Thrones nor Rick and Morty until 2019, but as far as comedies go, look for the emergence of Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Comedy Central’s black animated comedy to become more popular, as well as one of Netflix’s shows. American Idol returns, but this time on ABC. Do future generations a favor and not watch. Look for more Simpsons predictions to come true as well as feminism ruining a perfectly good show. SNL is going to strive to be less funny while CNN becomes a bigger joke. The shows about drug trafficking shows like Narcos will get watched now that Hollywood isn’t saturating the box office with related plots. Here’s an easy prediction, liberalism will try to force transgenderism on mainstream and kids TV shows because representation matters more than quality writing. Although to them, representation is quality, but I digress. Overall, it doesn’t look like TV will be as dynamic in 2018, but the Trump factor remains to keep things a little unpredictable.

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  1. Don McCullen

    December 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Ray, you forgot Doctor Who as the title character is now a Time Lady played by Jodie Whittaker. That is going to be something to watch in 2018.

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