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Old 02-14-2012, 02:31 PM   #41
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I work in a library. That's enough to worry me about the general public making important decisions like that.

If not the people who pay the bills, who?
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #42
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If not the people who pay the bills, who?
Casting agents keep serving up actors based on their abs, and not their acting chops. The public is not actually given a fair shot to use their money as their vote. They're not likely to stop going to the movies, so their keep reinforcing the idea that looks are the most important attribute an actor may possess.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:58 PM   #43
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The public votes by whatever they watch. Nielsen's and other rating services measure audience size. Advertising charges are based upon the ratings. The TV program producers do whatever they can to get high ratings so they can get high revenue. The way it ends up is that the lowest common denominator in the public gets to pick what the shows are like. That would probably be children, teens and young adults. They probably would rather look at pretty faces than have mentally stimulating programs. I doubt if much of the public cares if anything is realistic. I doubt if much of the public has any real comprehension of scientific or other reality (such as police and crime lab procedure).
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:13 PM   #44
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Casting agents keep serving up actors based on their abs, and not their acting chops. The public is not actually given a fair shot to use their money as their vote. They're not likely to stop going to the movies, so their keep reinforcing the idea that looks are the most important attribute an actor may possess.

Casting agents respond to specific requests from producers. If a producer asks for a middle-aged man with ordinary features and the agent sends them a twenty YO stud, they won't be in business long.

If you're middle aged or older, you are no longer the target audience because marketing studies prove you don't spend as much as the 18-35 age group.

I would be perfectly happy watching shows and movies that don't include special effects and supernatural creatures but my opinion doesn't count.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:48 PM   #45
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you guys would be amazed at how nielsen and other ratings services work from a technological point if view.

hey, maybe they can do a show about me getting to the bottom of bad shows getting good ratings. television ratings investigator: nyc.

i think brad pitt and tom cruise are too short to play me. maybe kurt russel, if he makes a comeback. i kinda looked like him 20 years ago...
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:05 PM   #46
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If you're middle aged or older, you are no longer the target audience because marketing studies prove you don't spend as much as the 18-35 age group.
I think that has a lot to do with my dissatisfaction with today's television drama/comedy programming, that I'm not in the age group the shows are targeted at.

I'm glad age has nothing to do with TV cooking shows.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:06 PM   #47
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I gave up situation comedies many years ago. I just don't relate at all.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:23 PM   #48
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I can't watch any of this stuff. Can't watch the comedies, can't watch the dramas. I'm down to news (and not much of that because it's so depressing), cooking programs, documentaries... Too bad I'm not a sports fan, there's lots of that. (I can understand why some like sports and one thing that's really great about sports is that it appeals to sports fans of all ages.)

I mostly read in the evenings due to lack of anything interesting on the tube. I hope to get cable/satellite one day soon where hopefully the wider range of shows will have more that appeal to me.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:27 PM   #49
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lol, greg. don't hold your breath.

actually, there will be a lot more shows for you to have a strong, verbose opiniin about that you don't watch.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #50
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I'm looking forward mostly to cooking, science, history channels and similar. I don't have to watch the comedies and dramas if they don't appeal to me. I think I'd rather rent movies via Netflix than get premium channels.

I'm sorry if I've insulted anybody's favorite TV programs. This topic has been more interesting than most TV dramas and comedies. (Oops, I did it again. )
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