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Partisan Programming: Dems vs. GOP

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Posted on Nov 10, 2010
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Dems dig dapper Don Draper: Jon Hamm plays the starring role in AMC’s “Mad Men.”

What effect, if any, does party affiliation have on Americans’ preferences for televised entertainment? Is this not a question that keeps you up at night? Turns out that the thinly veiled liberal social politics of “Mad Men” appeal to Democrats—as does murder, apparently.

“Dexter” made it to the third-place slot on The Hollywood Reporter’s left-leaning list, with the recently restored Keith Olbermann topping that chart, while Glenn Beck won with Republicans, as did “The Amazing Race,” a plum example of meritocracy in action. However, “Modern Family,” even with its openly gay (gasp!) couple, also landed in the top three for conservatives. Unpack that one.  —KA

The Hollywood Reporter:

According to months of data from leading media-research company Experian Simmons, viewers who vote Republican and identify themselves as conservative are more likely than Democrats to love the biggest hits on TV. Of the top 10 broadcast shows on TV in the spring, nine were ranked more favorably by viewers who identify themselves as Republican.

Liberals appreciate many of the same shows, mind you. But their devotion typically is not quite as strong as right-wingers, and Dems are more likely to prefer modestly rated titles.

Like Mad Men.

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By David Ehrenstein, November 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

I seriously doubt that Republicans (or even most Democrats) would watch “Modern Family” if the ays on view looked like this—

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgFYfq0XizA&feature=related

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By Peter Z. Scheer, November 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

I’m not surprised by Modern Family. It’s a
celebration of the dominant culture and “normal”
values. The gay characters aren’t so challenging—
it’s not exactly Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Although its popularity among conservatives shows
where we’re headed and how out of touch anti-gay
family politics are.

I am surprised by Dexter, however. I love the show,
even with this annoying Lumin character ruining
season 5, and his psycho ex-girlfriend (the artist
pyro woman) ruining whatever season that was. For all
my love, I have to block out the constant browbeating
about the death penalty (Which is, after all,
Dexter’s thing) and the law and order porn. Oh but
who am I kidding?

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By johnny, November 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

After so many Republicans and other gay conservatives have been outed, it is no surprise that their closeted peers prefer to live vicariously through gay shows while trying to keep their macho images by gay bashing and warmongering.

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