Entertainment’s Winners & Losers: Fall Edition
In this latest installment of Entertainment’s Winners & Losers, a network TV show actually acknowledging a Christian audience, the cancellation of a Star Wars spinoff, and one of the most recognized names in children’s television continuing its sharp turn to the left.
Winner: CBS – God Friended Me
There’s no doubt that most of the programming on CBS is as left-wing as its two rivals nowadays. In fact, they allowed Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre to invoke God and encourage his viewers to vote for Democrats in a vanity card that aired after his popular sitcom’s recent episode. So, it’s refreshing to see a prime time show on the Tiffany network like God Friended Me not go out of its way to alienate a majority of its audience. Earlier this September, the show debuted, and featured this very touching commentary on finding God in our lives:
Miles: People say that God has a plan for all of us. That were all part of a grand design. Well I never believed that to be true, but then He friended me, and it kind of turned my life upside down. Not that I think that it’s God, but in these crazy times we live in, we owe it to ourselves to ask the tough questions, and to open our minds to a new way of seeing the world. A place we can find our voice again.
This is nice, and it shows how there are some writers in Hollywood and at the broadcast networks that go out of their way to deviate from their employers’ liberal dogma every once in a while. The people behind God Friended Me are clear cultural winners.
Loser: Lucasfilm – Boba Fett Film Cancellation
In 2015, Lucasfilm – fresh off an acquisition by Disney – brought back the iconic Star Wars franchise with its seventh installment, The Force Awakens. It became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and the highest-grossing movie of the year. In fact, proved to be so successful that several spinoff movies were announced.
Then came the Ron Howard-directed spinoff film Solo, which focuses on the namesake character Hans Solo. The actor who played Lando Calrissian in the film, Donald Glover, revealed that the character would be “pansexual,” making it clear that political correctness would destroy it for everyone. The film ended up being a box office flop as a result of this as well as other factors.
And now, as a result of Solo doing so poorly, all other spinoffs – including an origin story focused on the character Boba Fett – have been cancelled. John Nolte of Breitbart News has more:
A movie focused on Han Solo seemed to come at exactly the right time. After all, who doesn’t love Han Solo? Who doesn’t want to see Solo? But then…
Oh, look, Solo has Feminist Woke-Droid and a pansexual Lando Calrissian with an unnatural affection for Feminist Woke-Droid and the guy playing Han Solo who is about four feet shorter than Han Solo and ker-splat, the impossible happens: a Star Wars movie flops.
He went on to conclude his thoughts on the trouble Star Wars is in with this revealing comment:
In the arena of the big screen, where Star Wars truly belongs, Star Wars has one last gasp before it stares into the abyss, before it can no longer ride on the goodwill of the original trilogy and those beloved characters, who are all dead now.
Bottom line: without those Obi-Wan, Han Solo, Boba Fett spin-offs, after Episode IX hits theaters next Christmas, the Star Wars film franchise is looking dead in the water.
How embarrassing is that? That’s what you get for letting political correctness get in the way of good storytelling. The president of Lucasfilm – Kathleen Kennedy – is a cultural loser.
Winner: Disney – Planned Post-Fox Acquisition Shakeup
Speaking of Disney, a corporate shakeup is about to take place at the ever-growing media company. Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood is resigning after their acquisition deal with 21st Century Fox (which this Disney shareholder was proud to approve this past July) is complete, essentially fulfilling a suggestion this space made when the deal was first announced.
Part of the reason why this shakeup is taking place is because not only is Sky being sold to Comcast, but under Sherwood’s tenure, Disney’s television division became identified with far-left lunacy. It doesn’t help when people are watching more movies and television on direct-to-consumer streaming services rather than movie theaters and linear TV channels.
It’s unlikely the shakeup will do anything significant, but at least it will possibly tone down the open progressivism the television division has taken lately. Disney should be given props for actually taking steps to gain an audience again. And for that, they’re cultural winners.
Loser: Nickelodeon – Partnership with GLAAD
For those who read this column earlier this year, Nickelodeon has been chastised twice this year for campaigns pushing a progressive agenda. First there was this past year’s low-rated Kids’ Choice Awards promoting gun control just moments into the program, and then there was a promo that aired this summer telling people to “Celebrate [LGBT] Pride Month.” Now, there’s another problem. This past October, the cable channel tweeted this picture seen below in cooperation with the radical LGBT group GLAAD:
— Nickelodeon 🦃 (@Nickelodeon) October 18, 2018
The text seen in correspondence with the tweet went:
In honor of #SpiritDay, we stand with LGBTQ youth against bullying today and everyday.
Anti-bullying campaigns couldn’t be more important than ever. But, where the problem lies is teaming up with a group that wants to silence anyone that doesn’t agree with its far-left worldview. Not only does that campaign lose credibility, it doesn’t even help Nick’s ratings, which were down over 20% this year.
The Viacom-owned network’s audience is kids aged 6-14, and they should know better than to alienate kids and parents like this to the extent they have. Both Viacom and Nickelodeon are cultural losers, and they need to wise up fast.