J/DB's 12 Days of Lists – Day 12 – Influential Movements in TV 2000-2009

Well it’s that time of year again!  JDB’s 12 days of … something.  Last year we had fun counting the 12 ways Claire Bennett was related to Santa Clause.  If you weren’t with us last year, be sure to check that out.  But this year we decided to go with something we love here on JerkDoubleBitch.com, lists!  Today I wanna start with what I think have been the 3 most influential movements in TV over the past 10 years.

12271555-12271558-slargeFirst off we’ve seen a major rise in political satire TV.  The likes of John Stewart and Colbert became a part of our daily schedules and on high rotation in the videos we passed around to our friends.  We’ve even seen shows like SNL that have been around for a long time focusing more on the political climate in the US.  In Canada, we’ve got shows like the Rick Mercer Report, and arguably The Hour bringing a cannuck perspective.  Sure there were shows doing this before, This Hour Has 22 Mins and the first few years of Bill Maher’s work but it was The Daily Show that truly came at an influential time and changed how many Americans got their news.

bob barkerThe second change we’ve seen, especially in the past few years has been the changing of the guard, the passing of the hat if you will.  TV greats, or at least legends bid farewell to their audiences, or at least their original time slot and changed the face of TV for the first time in a long time.  Bob Barker and Jay Leno are the most notable examples of this.  While we can’t seem to get rid of Leno, Bob is greatly missed.  There was just something about him.  I don’t think we’ll see such a significant retirement in TV again until Trebek and Sajak finally set down their cue cards.

It’s funny to see TV moving away from this kind of ‘personality’ programming for more reality junk.  Especially when people are taking to the web to recreate these kinds of settings.  I would argue that the void late night used to fill is being taken over by vlogers.  Somehow Late Night is still living, but it’s not me that’s watching.

showtimeFinally, the MOST influential movement in TV has been the explosion of cable networks and the quality and kind of programming they’re producing.  Without the rise of cable over the past 10 years we wouldn’t have shows like The Sopranos, Queer as Folk, Deadwood, Sex in the City, Dexter, Leverage, True Blood, Eastbound & Down, BSG, Curb your Enthusiasm, Weeds, Californication,  and the L Word – just to name a few.  The TV landscape would have been nothing like it has been without this movement.  How often do you turn on the TV and just soak in some Food Network, the Weather Network or TLC?

It’s made for a rather unstable environment for the Networks and the way that we knew the TV industry to function but I dont think that’s a bad thing.  All media forms are in limbo right now, struggling to figure out where the future is and how we manage to survive in tomorrows world.  I like it.  It’s exciting.

So tell me what I missed.  There has to be something huge.  What was your most influential movement in TV over the past 10 years?



~ by doublebitch on December 14, 2009.

4 Responses to “J/DB's 12 Days of Lists – Day 12 – Influential Movements in TV 2000-2009”

  1. I’d have put the move away from episodic storytelling, though I guess that started in the late ’90s.

  2. to arcs? I dont know, I’ve also seen people start to rebel from that again too, but yes on a large scale that was a big change.

  3. I think the widespread access to broadband internet was the most influential moment in TV. It has completely changed viewing habits. Because of this we can now PVR a program and watch it anytime we want. All the major networks make available most of their primetime lineups on their websites (something moving slowly in Canada due to old broadcast negotiations) and I know for a fact that watching a show when it broadcasts on television has become a foreign concept to Jerk.

    The explosion of the cable networks is only recent in Canada, the US had them long ago and I would argue that quality of programming being produced by cable properties began in the 90’s with great works like The Larry Sander’s Show, Arliss, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Oz, Sex and the City and The Sopranos. But that’s just about perspective, do you view it as when they started running, or when they hit their stride.

    I wanted to say the writers strike had a great influence, but it really only changed a season or 2.

  4. wow yeah, those are good. I didn’t even think of the writers strike but it had a pretty strong influence on what happened for a good year in its wake.

    I thought about the broadband thing but decided against it because it seemed kinda outside of the things I was choosing but you’re right. It is something that has changed how we watch tv, how shows are marketed and how they’re planned. We could also argue that the rise of tv on dvd has changed how we experience a series. I know we wouldnt be able to do this blog without those two advancements.

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