From Mindful(l) Media: The Waste of Talent in Hollywood by Dr. Rosanne Welch

From Mindful(l) Media: The Waste of Talent in Hollywood by Dr. Rosanne Welch

Wasted talent

I’ve been watching some old made for television movies from back in the days when that didn’t sound so derogatory — early made for television movies were things like Playhouse 90 where the work of up and coming New York playwrights and other quality material was being beamed into American homes — it was only over the years when TV movies turned into ‘victimized chick of the week’ or ‘disease of the week’ type sagas.

So watching some of these early dramas has made me notice a few things… such as the quality of the writing, the way stories spoke UP to the intelligence of the viewer (in an era when fewer folks had college degrees) — and the waste of talent that takes place in Hollywood. I guess I thought it was a more modern event, this not giving actors of color a greater chance to use their gifts for our entertainment. In my childhood television viewing — From Baretta to Starsky and Hutch to The Streets of San Francisco — it did not escape me that the white guys (and they were always guys) got to be the cops and the people of color seemed always to be the crooks, pimps and prostitutes that the nice white cops were investigating.

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Video: Qualities Women Want in Men #2 from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions” at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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Transcript:

But now, our generation is starting to look also at how do they parent? Will this person make a good father to the children I might have and we’re going to see that reflected in Doctor Who. Then, of course, all of them mentioned good hygiene, which we all know is a code word for hot looking and I think that’s true of most of our Doctors. Then ambition and honesty is a pretty basic one. Of course, if you flip that, it’s really all the stuff that men are looking for in women, as well. So, it’s just really what makes a quality human being and I think that’s really of interest to us. The other thing I would say is that that, as I said, is reflected in all of our guys.

A clip from this 5th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who presented by Dr. Welch. You can find Dr. Welch’s other Doctor Who talks using the links below.

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Odd Monkees Merchandise found in my on-going Monkees book research

Another fun bit of random research. In looking to list as much Monkee merchandise as I can Google led me to the blog of Allee Willis, co-writer of the theme song to Friends, because she had posted a photo of a Talking Monkees doll she has kept since childhood — and I learned…

“When I co-wrote The Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You”, we were told to write something Monkees-ish. The Last Train To Clarksville definitely pulled into the station during those sessions.”

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Link:  Allee Willis Web Site


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I’m hard at work completing my upcoming book on The Monkees, The Monkees – A Made for TV Metatexual Menagerie for McFarland Publishing.

The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2016.

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Random Fun Research from my upcoming Monkees Book

Where were you (or were you even around) for the 1966-67 Television Season?

Which shows did you watch then and which in reruns years later?

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Skelton dress rehearsal” by Montsanto/CBS-TV. – pages 126 (photo) and 127 Life magazine 11 March 1957.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Top 30 Network Programs by household ratings
(Households with TVs – 55.15 million)

  • Bonanza (NBC) – 29.1
  • The Red Skelton Hour (CBS) – 28.2
  • The Andy Griffith Show (CBS) – 27.4
  • The Lucy Show (CBS) – 26.2
  • The Jackie Gleason Show (CBS) – 25.3
  • Green Acres (CBS) – 24.6
  • Daktari (CBS) – 23.4
  • Bewitched (ABC) – 23.4
  • The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS) – 23.4
  • Gomer Pyle USMC (CBS) – 22.8
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) – 22.8
  • The Virginian (NBC) – 22.8
  • The Lawrence Welk Show (ABC) – 22.8
  • A Family Affair (CBS) – 22.6
  • The Dean Martin Show (NBC) – 22.6
  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS) – 22.2
  • Hogan’s Heroes (CBS) – 21.8
  • CBS Friday Night Movies (CBS) – 21.8
  • The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC) – 21.5
  • NBC Saturday Night Movies (NBC) – 21.4
  • Dragnet 1967 (NBC) – 21.2
  • Get Smart (NBC) – 21.0
  • Rat Patrol (ABC) – 20.9
  • Petticoat Junction (CBS) – 20.9
  • That Girl (ABC) – 20.8
  • Bob Hope (NBC) – 20.7
  • Tarzan (NBC) – 20.5
  • ABC Sunday Night Movie (ABC) – 20.4
  • The FBI (ABC) – 20.2
  • I Spy (NBC) – 20.2
  • My Three Sons (CBS) – 20.2
  • CBS Thursday Night Movies (CBS) – 20.2
 

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I’m hard at work completing my upcoming book on The Monkees, The Monkees – A Made for TV Metatexual Menagerie for McFarland Publishing.

The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2016.

You can join my Monkees mailing list to receive future updates and notification of the books release.

Top 30 Network Programs by household ratings

Random fun from my research – where were you (or were you) for the 1966-67 Television Season? Which shows did you watch then and which in reruns years later?)

Top 30 Network Programs by household ratings
(Households with TVs – 55.15 million)

Bonanza (NBC) – 29.1
The Red Skelton Hour (CBS) – 28.2
The Andy Griffith Show (CBS) – 27.4
The Lucy Show (CBS) – 26.2
The Jackie Gleason Show (CBS) – 25.3
Green Acres (CBS) – 24.6
Daktari (CBS) – 23.4
Bewitched (ABC) – 23.4
The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS) – 23.4
Gomer Pyle USMC (CBS) – 22.8
The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) – 22.8
The Virginian (NBC) – 22.8
The Lawrence Welk Show (ABC) – 22.8
A Family Affair (CBS) – 22.6
The Dean Martin Show (NBC) – 22.6
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS) – 22.2
Hogan’s Heroes (CBS) – 21.8
CBS Friday Night Movies (CBS) – 21.8
The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC) – 21.5
NBC Saturday Night Movies (NBC) – 21.4
Dragnet 1967 (NBC) – 21.2
Get Smart (NBC) – 21.0
Rat Patrol (ABC) – 20.9
Petticoat Junction (CBS) – 20.9
That Girl (ABC) – 20.8
Bob Hope (NBC) – 20.7
Tarzan (NBC) – 20.5
ABC Sunday Night Movie (ABC) – 20.4
The FBI (ABC) – 20.2
I Spy (NBC) – 20.2
My Three Sons (CBS) – 20.2
CBS Thursday Night Movies (CBS) – 20.2

Video: Who Companions vs. the Bechdel Test from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse

A clip from this longer presentation – Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Who Companions vs. the Bechdel Test  from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse

 

Watch this entire presentation – Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.

Transcript:

This is, likewise, what test we put to Doctor Who and these were the results — only with the modern companions. they didn’t have time to do everybody, right, modern companions. Notice, Donna wins. The one character who had no interest in having sex with The Doctor becomes the one, for the most part, spoke of other things when she was in scenes with other women. I think that’s really interesting. Notice, Martha’s next in line. Rose, after that and Amy is pretty low on the scale. That’s pretty interesting, if you think about it. Now, a lot of episodes she had to deal with Rory, so she’s not always in a scene with another women, so there’s an issue there and I have to think about how that balances out. The marriage was a good thing, so I don’t know if not talking to another woman can be taken against her.  

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.

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Video: Qualities Women Want in Men #1 from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions” at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

Qualities Women Want in Men #1 from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

Transcript:

When you’re talking about what men are — I prowled the Internet to discover what women want in men, because men are the thing that women want them to be because they generally want to be with women. This is in no particular order. I put Intelligence first. it did show up on all the lists that I found, so thankfully that is a good thing. Respect. Humor showed up always within one, two or three. Always, that was a thing that women were looking for and I think we’ll see that obviously reflected when we’re talking about Tom Baker a minute ago. Empathy, I think is a new one. I know it’s on some lists and not other ones and that’s really going to be something we see reflected in Doctor Who. Didn’t used to be vulnerability. Empathy wasn’t something we thought men should have and yet no we’re going “Now that would make you completely human so why shouldn’t you have it. So, I think that’s a big one. Being a good parent or a possible good parent and likewise being a good son to your parents and that’s actually an old adage, if you marry a man, don’t do it until you see how he treats his mother, because that’s how he’ll treat you. So, that’s been an old wive’s tale about what to look for in men. 

A clip from this 5th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who presented by Dr. Welch. You can find Dr. Welch’s other Doctor Who talks using the links below.

Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Video: The Bechdel Test from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

A clip from this longer presentation – Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

The Bechdel Test from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

 

Watch this entire presentation – Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.

Transcript:

Her name is Alison Bechdel and she is a cartoonist who writes a cartoon called “Dykes To Watch Out For.” She happens to be a lesbian. This cartoon has become viral in the film world and this will help us discuss who is the most feminist character. In this cartoon, one day, she discovers her requirements for going to a movie — what a movie required — and it’s now come to be known as “The Bechdel Test” of movies. And her requirements are…1. It has to have at least 2 women in it. Think about some movies that don’t have 2 women in them. 2. They have to talk to each other — that’s point 2, not just the boys in the movie and 3. They have to talk to each other about something besides a man. Those are the questions she asks herself before she pays money to see a movie. That’s “The Bechdel Test.” So, now you have to think about movies that you like and whether or not they pass.   

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.

Subscribe to Dr. Welch’s YouTube Channel

 

Video: What a good man is…from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: The Doctors and their Male Companions

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions” at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

: The Doctors and their Male Companions

 

Transcript:

What I thought was perfect for me was “Day of the Doctor” – their 50th Anniversary Special started with a quote by Marcus Aurelius. “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one!” Which is really very close to “Do or Do not. There is no try.” It’s always the same kind of ideal, let’s just go do these things. so, I think that is quote wonderful. We come to this quote in this episode celebrating the entire series and I’m going to talk about how I think that is reflected. 

A clip from this 5th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who presented by Dr. Welch. You can find Dr. Welch’s other Doctor Who talks using the links below.

Dr. Rosanne Welch

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