Television and Recession

The economic and credit crisis is sweeping across North America and will soon be changing what we see on television. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, we can see a shift away from opulence to grit:

Working class men and women may soon steal Hollywood’s spotlight from the not-so-desperate housewives of upscale Wisteria Lane as U.S. television writers consider how to appeal to viewers in tough economic times.

The buzz around Hollywood is that shows portraying over-the-top wealth like ABC’s flashy Dirty Sexy Money are on their way out. Writers believe the time is again ripe for working class comedies like 1980s sitcom Roseanne and 1970s blockbuster All in the Family.

“Many TV shows portray wealthy people and opulence, and I think these kinds of shows may have a problem with viewership. I think audiences want to see characters they can relate to,” said Suzan Olson Davis, who has written for cop drama Saving Grace. Ms. Davis said she is now working on a pilot program for a series about the “lower middle class.”

One thing which we are less likely to see are the “Flip This House” fare of cable television and more “Til Debt Do Us Part” television shows. The premise of the latter:

Most families are in debt, and with debt come family arguments, tears, tantrums and marriages on the verge of divorce. To save families from the doldrums of debt, each episode of Til Debt Do Us Part follows financial wizard Gail Vaz-Oxlade as she helps families go from red to black by getting to the root of their destructive spending habits.

It may be the start of a trend. However, are Americans and Canadians ready for the reality of frugal times?

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