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The Trouble with ‘Glee’

I was frantically running around my bedroom, angling my computer just right to capture the action on the TV screen and making sure my computer wouldn’t go to sleep in the middle of recording. (This is what I call poor woman’s DVR.) I chewed all my fingernails off with anxiety before I even left the house in fear my sad attempt at recording a live television show wouldn’t capture what I needed it to. I barely made it out the door on time. What was wrong with me?

On that night, Glee was airing its season three Valentine’s Day episode. At the time, I was still trying to convince myself I wanted to be a professional saxophone player (along with denying other parts of my identity). So, I was out the door to rehearse a big saxophone solo I was performing with a local orchestra. Unfortunately, the rehearsal time was scheduled so that I might miss all or part of the Valentine’s Day episode of Glee. Sure, I could watch it later, but there was no way that was going to cut it.  Not at all.  Rumor had it, and oh, I don’t know, maybe twenty episodes overdue, that a beautiful moment like this was happening:

Brittana Heart Kiss

Glee characters, Brittany (on the left) and Santana, Glee’s resident lesbian (on the right)

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FOX ‘Fan Front’

Seems that some networks are really getting the message that TV shows are very fan driven, which only becomes truer the more popular social media becomes.  FOX network is jumping into getting fans in their pocket by hosting their first ever (and genius) ‘FanFront’ event.

Each May, networks present their returning and new TV shows to advertisers at the ‘UpFronts’ to gain funding for their fall lineup.  This year, FOX has decided to incorporate fans into the experience, which is attended by stars from the shows, network execs and advertisers.

FOX hopes by including fans in the event, it will give their shows extra buzz over the summer and leading into the fall.  This is a brilliant move on the part of FOX and displays an increasing awareness that fans are a valuable asset in the success of TV shows.

Want some more information?  Check out ‘FanFront’ information here.

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Naya Rivera’s Pretty Golden Ladies

In 2012, Naya Rivera was nominated for two ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) awards.  The awards honor “outstanding Latino artistic achievements in television, film, and music.”  The winners in each category are largely determined by fan votes.  Fans vote for their favorites in each category with one vote per email address once a day for 60 days.

Naya Rivera was nominated in the categories “Favorite TV Actress in a Comedy” and “Favorite Female Music Artist”.  She won both awards in both categories, despite the fact that her role on Glee is considered a “supporting” role and she hasn’t released her own solo music album yet.

What is most interesting is Naya was pitted against some very well known competition in both categories, yet Naya has a cult-like following of fans that religiously voted and campaigned for her during the voting process.  And, Naya was successful.

To demonstrate what a feat Naya’s organized social media army is, let’s examine the other nominees in each category.  To show the approximate fan base of each of the nominees, here is the (recent) number of Twitter followers for each celebrity in both categories:

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What’s the Big Deal with TV?

Television has become a staple past time in America and around the world.  More people vote for TV reality shows like “Dancing with the Stars”, “The Voice” and “American Idol” than they do in the presidential election.  TV is a more powerful agent for social change than any representative in congress will ever hope to be.

This fascination with TV isn’t new.   In the late 1950’s, at the height of the “I Love Lucy” phenomenon, Desi Arnaz observed the following about the difference between his pre and post TV life: “There’s something to say for TV.  When you tour as a picture star, people look at you as some sort of a curiosity.  This time there was a wholly different feeling.  The people act as if they were your personal friends.”

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