EXAM 3 - April 10, 2007 Smothers Brothers vs. Network...

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April 10, 2007 Smothers Brothers vs. Network Censorship Should networks censor performers’ work? If so, what should be the limits of the censorship? What, if at all, should be the limits that performers censor their own work for television performances? Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour On CBS from March 1967- Sept 1969 It knocked Bonanza out of the number 1 slot in the ratings for 8pm on Sundays It was a 1 hour variety show that included healthy doses of political satire “During this time the American public was open to mixing their politics with their pop culture.” Tommy Smothers was a legit. Funny guy Why would CBS care about the show’s content as long as ratings stayed strong and the audience didn’t complain? Gradually, the show lost its focus on humor and the ratings began to slide Tommy became locked in a grudge match with the network censors April 15, 2007 I Spy Secret agent drama on NBC from 1965- 1968 Robert Culp as Kelly Robinson Bill Cosby as Alexander Scott It was a very “likeable” show in a very difficult time o One was black and other were white guys o They flipped the names (Kelly Robinson sounds more like a black guy) Without lecturing us, the show made a powerful social statement using the popularity of the James bond movies as the context A black guy and a white guy worked together as equals but race was rarely, if ever, mentioned The black guy was the intelligent guy, educated, spoke several languages The white guy was the athlete Note in this episode the portrayals of the general and the diplomat Laugh In Ran from 1968-1973 on NBC on Monday nights The name came from the protest lingo of “sit ins”, “love ins”, etc. Dan Kowan and Dick Martin were the hosts, with a strong supporting cast. Guest appearances by celebrities every week (Rat pack guys Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis, Jr.)
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Innovative for its rapid cute editing of bits Most of bits were jokes about current events and social commentary (race, sexual revolution, wars) o And decided lack of respect for authority figures Who’s the cameo? (Eastern religious music popular) April 17, 2007 1970’s- Revisiting Stereotypes Mary Tyler Moore Show On air from 1970- 1977 Plot- a single woman who was not divorced or widowed, or looking for a man to support her One of the first sitcoms to redefine “family” The characters developed and had life-changing experiences, which prevented thematic repetition “Operation L ou” from December 9, 1972 The theme song is about a woman making it on her own- however, in the show Mary rarely was portrayed as struggling But. The transition from subservient to leadership positions was bumpy These portrayals may seem innocuous today, but were filled with meaning in an era when women’s roles in society were being actively discussed
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course RTVF 10113 taught by Professor Loomis during the Spring '07 term at TCU.

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