TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
NBC has “For God and Country.” The CW has “Valor.” They are among the major networks which are suddenly developing military themed TV shows — so much so that the Hollywood Reporter has already deemed it a “hot TV trend.” It’s amazing that nobody has retooled the “Combat,” a prime time drama, which had considerable appeal during the 1960s.
Timing appears to be everything.
“All five broadcast networks are piloting military-themed shows this season. Coincidence? Or is it a targeted attempt to reach Trump voters?” asks Sarah Stites, a Media Research Center Culture analyst who reports on entertainment and religion for the conservative watchdog.
“It took a devastating electoral upset, but the networks have started to learn some lessons. Shows with affluent protagonists, set in big cities and reflecting liberal ideologies were actually alienating a subset of the American populace,” says Ms. Stites, who wonders if the big networks are now trying to appeal to a broader audience with “traditional, patriotic values.”