Eugene Delgaudio : "Less Cash For Propaganda -TV Will Be a Lot Less Gay Next Year"
Eugene Delgaudio president of Public Advocate says "Several networks recently dropped characters, or even entire shows, whose premise was homosexuality as the norm. Pushing an agenda costs billions of dollars in revenue and America is just not buying it.
"Apparently, an extreme focus on deviant sexuality doesn't have the broad appeal needed to keep shows on the air. If the managers of major television networks cannot follow a simple moral compass, at least they can follow money, says Delgaudio." Here are some of the highlights in the ensuing discussion.
June Thomas of Slate rerports: Among the shows that won't be back next year are The New Normal, Go On, Smash, The Office, 1600 Penn, Happy Endings, Don't 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.
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 didn't attract enough viewers.
Network TV shows exist to deliver eyeballs to commercials, and if they fail to do so in large enough numbers, they're doomed, no matter what.