Sunday, March 25, 2007

More Drama Blogs!!

Grey's Anatomy

From New York Times: 'Grey's Anatomy' Goes Colorblind, By Matthew Fogel

Reviews the television program "Grey's Anatomy," and mentions how diverse both the cast is and how diverse the audience of the show is. The show fails to acknowledge the diversity on the show and make it part of the story line.

'Anatomy' of a hit By Matthew Gilbert, Globe Staff | May 7, 2006

According to the author, “if you were trying to plumb ''Grey's Anatomy" for deeper meanings, you'd be X-raying the wrong patient.” Basically, the article says that this show has little impact on society.

"Grey's Anatomy" doesn't care about nurse people

Basically, this article claims that the show does not portray nurses in a positive light. The nurses are sexualized and dumbed down… but the physicians are portrayed as saving lives. (What sex tends to be a nurse, what sex tends to be a physician?)

Grey's Anatomy: Face It, Dude, You Like the Show

The article talks about how a show is popular for a good reason and that guys would appreciate “Grey’s Anatomy,” even if it is primarily marketed toward a female audience.

The Racial Anatomy of Grey’s Anatomy

“This show raises a number of interesting questions about race and representation. First, is it accurate to characterize the show as colorblind? What does that characterization mean? I don’t think the show is colorblind at all. It is color conscious in a particular way—namely, it presents non-white actors in roles that do not explicitly invoke race.”

In Defense of Grey's Anatomy

One girl is defending “Grey’s Anatomy.” According to her, some have argued that, as far as medical shows go, ER did it much better, which is true given the assumption that Grey’s Anatomy is fundamentally about the practice of medicine. However, it isn’t. It also isn’t sexual and romantic “smut.” Instead, it’s about surgical interns who are trying to figure out how to hone their profession, handle sexuality and the potentiality of romantic relationship,

Having Your Beefcake And Talking About It, Too. Stanley, Alessandra

New York times (0362-4331)

in TCNJ Library Print Holdings

from 01/01/2000 to present in Access World News

The article discusses top-rated ABC television's shows appealing to women. Conversation about sexual matters dominates the popular programs "Grey's Anatomy" and "Men in Trees," as well as female favorites "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters," the television version of chick lit, and programming that most male viewers avoid.

HEAL THYSELF. People; 2/5/2007, Vol. 67 Issue 5, p24-24, 2/3p, 4c (found on ebscohost)

This article discusses the television program "Grey's Anatomy." Actor Isaiah Washington, who is a regular cast member on "Grey's," allegedly used a homophobic slur against costar T.R. Knight, and has been highly criticized for his behavior. The article examines the impact of Washington's actions on the show's viewership, as well as his attempts at contrition. INSET: ACTS OF CONTRITION.


(also found on ebscohost… more of a spoof, but very cute and emphasizes that it’s a show women tend to prefer or at least admit to preferring).

This article discusses the popularity of the television show "Grey's Anatomy." The author notes that the television program is especially popular with women, and the article provides comical excuses for men when telling women that they do not watch the show. Among the excuses given are to "blame your inability to commit to a hospital drama."


Is Torture on Hit Fox TV Show “24” Encouraging US Soldiers to Abuse Detainees?

“This past fall, the Dean of West Point, Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan, along with experienced military and FBI interrogators and representatives of Human Rights First, met with the creative team behind the hit Fox Television show “24” and tell them to stop using torture because American soldiers were copying the show’s tactics. We speak with two of the delegation’s members -- former Army interrogator Tony Lagouranis, who served one year in Iraq and David Danzig, director of the Prime Time Torture Project for Human Rights First.”

Whatever It Takes

The article discusses Joel Surnow, creator of the television program "24," his politics, and the appeal of the program. The article argues that the program appeals to military audiences as well as to the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, with its often brutal counterterrorist techniques, and suggests that it promotes human-rights abuses.

TV drama 24: torture teacher

“There used to be about four depictions a year of torture on U.S. television, always by bad guys, Mayer writes. Thanks to 24, there have been 67 such scenes in the show's first five seasons. Worse, the hero is doing the torturing.”

Fox Show "24": Torture on TV

With at least one big torture scene in every episode and steadily increasing ratings, TV show "24" is more convincing than the White House at making the case for torture.

Note to Conservatives: Fox's "24" is not "a national referendum" on torture...

Could “24” be the U.S.’s future? Does the government really want a Jack Bauer out there?

24 is Just a TV Show - Redux

Like the title says, this article argues that the show is the way it is simply for entertainment purposes.

Note: I think the articles that need to be read for class about the military and gender would be extremely useful in analyzing this t.v. show!

Warning: This Slope May Be Very Slippery., Television Week, 07450311, 2/19/2007, Vol. 26, Issue 8 (found on Ebscohost)

In this article the author reflects on a meeting between a number of creative executives at Fox's "24" and U.S. officials. He explains that the discussion was focussed on the gruesome torture scenes that are a hallmark of "24." The author questions the creators' decision to back off from its trademark torture scenes. The author claims that self-censorship induced by pressure groups just for political correctness is a slippery slope for those in the creative community.

An Arab-American Defends '24' and the Real-Life Bauers. Dabul, Emilio Karim

Wall Street journal. Eastern edition (0099-9660)

in TCNJ Library Print Holdings

from 01/02/1984 to present in ABI/INFORM Complete

from 01/02/1984 to present in ABI/INFORM Global

The article offers the author's views on the portrayal of Arab Muslims as terrorists in the U.S. television program "24."

Desperate Housewives

Lounge critic 2005 launch: desperate housewives: ladies who lunch

Desperate Housewives has a rare appeal that hits almost every mark of its well-heeled demographic: both male and female; young and old; gay and straight, and (perhaps most astoundingly) both liberal and conservative / fundamentalist.

Are Housewives Desperate For Games?

This is a blog that discusses the implications the new Desperate Housewives computer game has on women. The Desperate Housewives game represents the latest effort by the games industry to attract more female players.

Men love their 'Housewives'

Nearly 40 percent of the show's viewers are men. Whether they want to admit it or not, there are a lot of issues and topics on the show that men can relate to as well as women.

Sex, Love, Television

“Like the ladies looking for love and sex in the city, the women of Wisteria Lane are all smart, all self-motivated and all wise to the not-so-mysterious ways of men.”

"'Desperate Housewives' and 'Feminism'"

This article insults the show and discusses why it is against feminism principles and ideals, not for feminism principles and ideals.

Ideologies in Suburbia by Sarah Ryder

This analytical blog discusses how Desperate Housewives shows women with careers and of high intelligence. There is also a typical stereotypical portrayal of housewives as well. There are all sorts of messages being said about femininity and masculinity.

Disconcerting Truths: Uncovering the Values in Desperate Housewives. By: Di Gregorio, Luciano. Screen Education, 2006 Issue 43, p62-65, 4p; (AN 22334642) (found this on Ebscohost)

This article discusses various issues related to values inherent in the television serial Desperate Housewives. The serial deals with human complexities. A balanced mixture of drama, comedy, soap opera and mystery that results in discussions on several themes including love, marriage, surface appearances, human interaction, and gender roles, etc. forms the content of the serial.

As Kamp As Bree. By: Richardson, Niall. Feminist Media Studies, Jun2006, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p157-174, 18p; DOI: 10.1080/14680770600645127; (AN 20917219) (Also found on Ebscohost… It’s not their but I am currently making a request for it from the library)

The article discusses the author's political analysis about camp in relation to gender and sex roles as portrayed in the television series "Desperate Housewives." The author points out the role of Bree Van de Kamp in the series. The television program signifies the essence of being a super-woman despite of the difficulties that women may encounter the roles of being a housewife and a mother. The drama series continued to uphold the quality of American television dramas in the U.S. which focused mainly on women's issues. The program demonstrates that camp is a survival strategy that in times of intense crisis, women came to stand out and possess a strong personality as they break into another spectacular performance of idealized feminity.

Programmers Cast a Wide Net., By: Goodwin, Betty, Television Week, 07450311, 11/7/2005, Vol. 24, Issue 45 (found on Ebscohost)

This article deals with the examination of developments in women-targeted network programming. To an increasing degree, the concept of programming specifically to women is growing less relevant. It is not that women do not matter. On the contrary, they make up the majority of the television audience today, wield indisputable buying power and are the targets of gender-specific marketing campaigns. The ratings numbers also bear out the clout female audiences carry. "Desperate Housewives," the top-rated show among women ages 18 to 49, brought in nearly twice as many women viewers--and a 16 rating--as "Lost," the top-rated show for men ages 18 to 49, brought in men.

Grey’s Anatomy

In general, search engines such as Ebscohost and Genderwatch are very useful! Don’t be afraid of the library. The material in the library is more likely to be analytical verses a fan website.


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