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Talking TV on the Radio: Primetime and the Recession (and/or Recovery)

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Sitcoms catch up with the recession in shows like 2 Broke Girls.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post here about how, whatever signs of economic rebound are going on in the actual economy, TV shows were still talking about economic bad times and probably will be for a while. Kurt Andersen, a great cultural critic and host of public radio’s Studio 360, was good enough to have me on his show to talk a little more about how TV deals with the economy: why sitcoms moved away from depicting blue-collar characters like Archie Bunker and Roseanne, what’s behind the appearance of broke girls (and guys) in primetime, and whether reality TV is quicker to respond to changes in the real world than scripted TV.

You can find the interview at Studio 360’s website, or listen to the audio right here. It’s absolutely free!: