Basinger on Obnoxious TV Wealth

Professor Jeanine Basinger is quoted in the L.A. Times about the flailing economy’s effect on Americans’ television viewing choices.

Rich-people-behaving-badly shows like “Dirty Sexy Money”, and “Lipstick Jungle” aren’t doing so well, while shows about wish fulfillment like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and spoiled teenagers learning lessons on “Exiled!” are doing better:

Americans are too depressed about their own finances to entertain themselves by watching shows about money, according to industry executives and academics.

“People don’t want to come home at the end of the day and have more bad news about their money,” said Jeanine Basinger, chairwoman of the film studies department at Wesleyan University. “They don’t want to see the Enron scandal, they don’t want to see CEOs getting away with it.”

L.A. Times: Obnoxious displays of wealth on TV turn off many

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