TOO LIT­TLE TOO LATE

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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.”

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