What REALLY Killed the Television Star?
I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to television and why it doesn’t excite me like it used to. Now, out of fairness, I am only one person. Because I don’t have a DVR full of the Top 20 television shows of the week doesn’t necessarily mean that television is dead. However, there are some undeniable realities that need to be acknowledged. There is no show currently on television with the popularity of something like The Cosby Show, The Golden Girls, or even Full House. There are no television characters with the magnetism of Roseanne, Steve Urkle, or Pee-wee Herman.
The 1980s may not have been the apex of television, but when compared to what’s currently on our sets, it certainly seems that way.
There are plenty of shows that have attracted legions of fans in recent years like Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Office, and even American Idol, but it seems like they all lack the national attention that the aforementioned shows posessed in the 1980s. Maybe I’m overly nostalgic, or overly complaining, but I’m sure something has changed.
So what’s to blame? Reality TV or music videos becoming an anamoly on MTV? Flavor Flav or 16 and Pregnant? Is Barney to blame for runing or children’s entertainment or is it Hilary Duff’s bad Hannah Montana wig?
I don’t have the answer, but maybe you do. What do you think? What REALLY killed the television star?