Friday, January 24, 2014
HBO: Entertaining or Indoctrinating?
HBO: Entertaining or Indoctrinating?
'Looking' ... for an Audience: HBO's Gay Dramedy Flops in Debut
by Breitbart News 23 Jan 2014
HBO earned plenty of critical huzzahs for its new gay-themed drama Looking. The reviews didn't convince viewers to check out the pay channel's latest offering, though.
The dramedy drew 338,000 viewers during its 10:30 p.m. EST debut slot despite all the positive press.
The LA Times called it "an authentic glimpse inside lives of gay men," one dubbed, "charming and deceptively significant."
Time served up this rave:
This low-key, stealthily charming half-hour is not any of its predecessors, whether about gay or straight characters; it’s less overtly comic than even Girls, there’s no ha-ha flamboyance, no melodramatic coming-out story, no self-aware feeling of transgressiveness. But in its story of three friends in San Francisco, Looking builds on the themes of its forebears–the observational comedy, the romantic foibles, the sense of how a big city can dangle dazzling treasures just out of your reach–while adapting them to a style of TV that’s less like a sitcom than an indie film.
Variety summed up its review by declaring, "'Looking' deserves to be found."
For comparison's sake, the second week of the new HBO drama True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, fared far better. It drew 1.7 million viewers.
Quentin Schaffer is the EVP for HBO, and a governor at the Roosevelt Institute.
Note: Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Roosevelt Institute, the Sundance Institute, the International Rescue Committee, the Robin Hood Foundation, People for the American Way, and the Aspen Institute (think tank).
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
HBO Video is a division of HBO.
Henry W. McGee is the president of HBO Video, and was a trustee at the Sundance Institute.
Clifford S. Asness is a director at the International Rescue Committee, was a leadership council member for the Robin Hood Foundation, and supported same-sex marriage in New York.
Brian Williams is a director at the Robin Hood Foundation, and his daughter is Allison Williams.
Allison Williams is Brian Williams daughter, and an actor in Girls.
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Emma Bloomberg was the senior planning officer for the Robin Hood Foundation, and her father is Michael R. Bloomberg.
Michael R. Bloomberg is Emma Bloomberg’s father, was a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, the New York (NY) mayor, and a donor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was a funder for the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, and the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Henry W. McGee is a trustee at Save the Children, the president of HBO Video, and was a trustee at the Sundance Institute.
Reg Weaver is a director at People for the American Way, and was the president of the National Education Association.
John I. Wilson was an executive director for the National Education Association, and is a director at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Kevin Jennings was the founder & executive director for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and the assistant deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education.
Margaret Spellings was the secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, the architect for the No Child Left Behind Act, and is the U.S. program advisory panel member for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
John A. Boehner was a sponsor for the No Child Left Behind Act, is the speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives, and a member of the Burning Tree Club.
Jack Valenti was a member of the Burning Tree Club, and a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank), the Sundance Institute, and the Roosevelt Institute.
Henry W. McGee was a trustee at the Sundance Institute, and is the president of HBO Video.
Quentin Schaffer is a governor at the Roosevelt Institute, and the EVP for HBO.
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