Forget 'Gossip Girl' and bed-hopping. The American public, as it showed by electing Obama, is ready again for TV shows that reflect real life.Obama--is there anything he can't do?
Already the signs are there, in the most unexpected and disparate places. "60 Minutes," which for recent years has seemed something of an anachronism, is suddenly a ratings juggernaut. On Fox's "24," Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) finds himself in a less cowboy-worshiping-and-torture-tolerant nation. Over at the CW's "Gossip Girl," the appearance of (in a romantic role no less) gave the show a sudden strange intelligentsia quotient even as Serena (Blake Lively) put down her party girl hat to impress her sober beau. "Mad Men" racked up awards and even a few more viewers for AMC with its ongoing and increasingly ominous portrait of America about to enter the political turmoil of the '60s, while in a week TNT will launch "Leverage," in which Timothy Hutton plays a epiphany-fueled modern-day Robin Hood.
President-elect Barack Obama will no doubt put his imprint on many things in this country, politically and culturally, but the first evidence of change that matters may come on the flat screens that unite this great nation: In a world of sustained post-adolescence, where teenagers swill martinis ("Gossip Girl") and head neurosurgeons live with multiple roommates ("Grey's Anatomy"), suddenly it's hip to be grown up again.
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