I have a very limited knowledge of television.
Mention The Bachelor Something-Or-Other. Or House Hunters (or is it titled something else???). Or Top Chef (I do think I got that title right...) and I get the glazed over look really fast.
Mention The Biggest Loser, Chuck, The Voice or any other NBC show and most likely if I haven't watched it (and I don't watch a lot) I've at lease seen the ads. The beauty of being too cheap to pay for tons of TV. ;-) And I can keep up a rambling monologue with the best of 'em.
I don't watch a TON of television, and since we lost our connection, I watch even less, only a few select shows on Hulu.
But I did take up watching SMASH! the new hit show on Monday nights (or whatever night I get to it). And because I watch so little TV, I really want to think about what I watch.
In case you haven't heard what the show is, it's about two woman vying for the part of Marilyn Monroe in a new hit Broadway production about the same. It's filled with drama, tension, some really great acting and an excellent setting. Every moment of the show pulses.
From a writer's perspective, I've tried to analyze why I like watching the show. What keeps me coming back week after week? Does it carry it enough of an "edge" that carries my interest deeper with each episode?
The writer in me would say yes.
However...(and you knew there was a however coming) the Christian in me continues to take a step back and look, look, look.
The gay acting does bother me, I don't mean that as a slur, it's just how I feel. I don't like that Debra Messing's character is fighting the mistake she made years ago in the affair she had. This IS life, I just wish she would step away from temptation.
And I don't like the sexual content.
Now many could argue, (and it's there in the front of my head) is that the content is minimal to a great many other shows. Should I let it bother me? Or turn my head and ignore those 30 second scenes?
But I don't want to become immune to immorality. Wrong is wrong, no matter how one looks at it. And thus I come to a fork in the road: do I ignore and watch the show, to cheer Kathryn on, push her higher up that Broadway ladder? Or do I shake my head at one more show who has to throw around the sex just to "spice things up"?
It's a conundrum that I think is decided in the heart and conscience of each individual viewer.
Discussion: what are your thoughts and stands on issues of immorality in television shows? Do you tend to see how it plays out, or immediately give up and pull the plug?
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