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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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These women are not brave

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These women are not brave

Look at all the brave women who chose to take a stand on that stage at the Golden Globes! They were bold, fierce, empowered, and they’re not gonna take it anymore! They spoke of their responsibility to create a different world for young women. They stood with new fervor, big actress tears streaming down their faces, and spoke of correcting the power imbalance and abuse that they just had no idea existed.

Except they did know. They knew it in 1997 when Kathleen Willey came forward about Bill Clinton. The New Yorker knew it in 1997 when Asia Argento told them Harvey Weinstein assaulted her. The LA Times knew in 2013 that Weinstein raped a woman. Playboy knew about Bill Cosby in 1996.

I’m sorry, but standing on a stage to proclaim with fire and fury that you’re not gonna take it anymore decades after the incidents were revealed is not bravery. Bravery would be writing an article in the New York Times about a sitting Democratic president who should be removed from office for abusing women. Real courage would be condemning Roman Polanski in 2003 after he won Best Director; or at least, booing him instead of the standing ovation he received. Bravery is being the first to stand up when nobody else is. Better yet, bravery is being the first to refuse to give up her seat on the bus.

Kathleen Willey was brave. Paula Jones was brave. Juanita Broaddrick was brave. Hollywood and the liberal media diminished and abandoned them, while continuing to support and champion their abuser. There was no soap box drama at the 1998 Golden Globes when the pattern of Clinton’s abuse had become evident. But there wouldn’t be, would there? Not with an election on the line.

Hollywood, you abetted the behavior of a man in power and in doing so enabled the next 20 years of male power abuse to continue. Liberal media, you are responsible for having taught abused women all over the country that it is senseless to fight against a man who takes advantage of his position, because the bigger picture is more important. The ends justify the means. The ends of your ambitions of fame, and the ends of Clinton remaining in power justified the means of your looking the other way. You made this bed of tears, now you must lie in it.

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Hollywood icon Stan Lee accused of groping, harassment of young nurses

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Hollywood icon Stan Lee accused of groping harassment of young nurses

Comic book and Marvel movie fans who adore creator Stan Lee now have to contend with allegations of sexual misconduct from he 95-year-old. Allegedly, Lee has an affinity for the young nurses who take care of him, asking them for oral sex and groping some of them, according to a legal dispute against the icon.

Marvel creator Stan Lee accused of sexual harassment

https://pagesix.com/2018/01/09/marvel-creator-stan-lee-accused-of-sexual-harassment/“He doesn’t seem to care what people think of him, he’s lost his filter,” a source told the tabloid. “There has been a stream of young nurses coming to his house in West Hollywood and he has been sexually harassing them. He finds it funny.”

The source added, “He’s also very handsy and has groped some of the women, it’s unacceptable behavior, especially from an icon like Stan.”

My Take

I may not be a big fan of Marvel movies, but I’ve always liked Lee. From his quirky cameos in all Marvel movies to his brilliant creations that increased exposure for the comic book world and gave birth to the mega-movie franchise, Lee has always been someone I hoped was above the sexual misconduct fray in Hollywood.

If these reports are true, he may be categorized with the worst of them – feeling above the law with no filter or regard for how it affects the women he victimizes. While no accusations have been made of major sexual abuse, his alleged attitude is disturbing.

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Hollywood: Forget our hypocrisy

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Hollywood Forget our hypocrisy

At the Golden Globe, Hollywood took a stand against sexual harassment and gender pay gaps wanting you to forget that they are among the worst offenders in both categories. Natalie Portman thought is necessary to highlight the all male categories for Best Director, thus undermining the winner of the award whoever that was. Many wore black for their new “Times Up” campaign in demand of equal pay. Poverty is apparently sexist. Oprah stole the show teasing a presidential run. And more “activism” against sexual harassment persisted. All the while, for one night, Hollywood pretended that they weren’t the perpetrators of that which they protest against. They want us to solve an industry problem they face because this is the easiest way to deny personal responsibility.

All Male Directors

Natalie Portman felt the need to emphasize the nominees’ genders. This was an immature and cowardly move. It’s not their fault females weren’t nominated. And it’s also not their fault that fewer women are directing movies in Hollywood than men. If Natalie Portman wants to solve this problem instead of shaming people, she should direct a movie herself. She has a reputation. She can win backers. But this sounds like actual work. Instead she would rather undermine the directors who did put in work just because a female director wasn’t chosen to be among them. This also perpetuates the Hollywood mentality that being nominated for something has significant value. In the words of Ricky Bobby, “First or last.” Celebrating being nominated for something is as valid as celebrating a participation trophy.

Natalie Portman could write, direct, and produce her own movie, or at least two of those things. It’s not like women are incapable. To say that women need special encouragement to take more leading roles is ridiculous, especially when Hollywood. Natalie Portman is both lazy and childish. Instead of trying to score with the media, she should take constructive steps to solve the problem.

Time’s Up: Hollywood pay gap

Hollywood has one of the most persistent wage gaps in the US. However there are valid reasons for this. Many of the highest paid actors are true hustlers. How many movies was Dwayne Johnson in? The other thing is the market for talent. It’s the same reason why quarterbacks in the NFL make more than running backs or receivers. Now there have been valid concerns of an unfair wage gap in Hollywood. For instance two equally talented stars should make about the same amount of money if they have the same level of reputation. For instance, I wouldn’t deny sexism if Lena Headley on Game of Throne was making less than Kit Harrington. But the fault is Hollywood’s, not ours. Normal people have nothing to do with Hollywood wage differences in movies where male and female actors of equal reputation make a different wage. Hollywood needs to take the tree out of its own eye before demanding legislation that already exists. Or perhaps butthurt over economics drives the Time’s Up movement.

Poverty Is Sexist

I don’t think I need to explain this one a whole lot.

And for the record, it’s ugly.

Me Too

Terry Crews remains one of the most believable voices to come out since Me Too. Why? Because he’s actually interested in solving the issue and is headed to court. He wants to resolve the problem. Many other voices just want to be heard which is why normal people think they just want attention. Also, normal people also don’t sympathize with people who used sex to get movie roles. But again we, normal males, are the problem. To us it seems like Hollywood is trying to cover up for the bad PR Harvey Weinstein brought. But lets not forget the infamous photo of Oprah kissing Harvey and the standing ovations for Roman Polanski. And Woody Allen wasn’t booted from the industry either. James Franco is still in the business too.Hollywood perpetuates their hypocrisy by protecting their own until it’s too late. They all knew what Weinstein was and did little. I suppose being strong is easier on screen than when it really matters.

The other hypocrisy is the condemnation of men not joining the women in the MeToo speeches. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. This is what I call a PC pretzel. If men don’t speak about a topic, they are contributing to the problem and warrant condemnation. If they do speak about something, they are “mansplaining” and warrant condemnation. There is no winning in a PC world.

Takeaway

Hollywood can expect to lose relevance as they become more focused on activism. The American people see right through their sad facade. We are tired of their insistence that we are responsible for their industry, their culture. We are tired of hypocrites who buy a $380 sweatshirt to preach on poverty, and we are tired of people who enabled sexual misconduct telling us that we are the problem. The last couple of months weren’t some Bill Cosby cocktail party. We still remember that pedophiles and sleezebags roam Hollywood and go unchallenged by those who know. We won’t forget so easily.

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