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January 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Chris Rock Says “You Should Need To Have A Mortgage To Buy A Gun”: TCA

Chris Rock Says “You Should Need To Have A Mortgage To Buy A Gun”: TCA

TCA conference has centered on violence in television and its affect By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/9/13 – “I think that the FX brand has four cornerstones ‘The Shield,’ ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Rescue Me,’ and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’. You know, it’s way above the second or third floor now, and so there are other really important structural members in it ‘Damages’ and, you know, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Justified’.” says John Landgraf, General Manager of FX Networks when asked about “It’s Always Sunny…” He continues with, “we picked up the ninth season, and I think there’s a high likelihood there will be at least a tenth season. Ten years is an awfully good run for any scripted series. Whether it goes on beyond that, I think, will be a function of whether the people that created it want to continue to make it after that, whether they feel they still have stories to tell that are innovative and that make people laugh and whether the audience still wants to watch it. But there will definitely be one more year, and I would say probably two.” When asked about Anger Management, he mentions, “It will basically stay on the air without interruption for two years. So we have essentially 45 new episodes a year, and we wouldn’t generally program Easter and Thanksgiving and Christmas. There would be a couple weeks when essentially there was a major sporting event or something that we would take off anyway. So we’ll take six weeks off a year, but other than that, there will be a new original episode of ‘Anger Management’ on Thursday nights at 9:00 for two years.” A big theme of this TCA conference has centered on violence in television and its affect. When asked about this, Landgraf replied, “I would be really interested to see,  I’ve been interested to read what studies there have been on correlations between violence, you know, in entertainment and violence in actual life, and I would be interested in seeing more studies and reading more about them. And I think as an industry, we should study it more, and I think if we can find meaningful correlations, we should act upon those correlations.” He goes on to say, “For me personally, for example, I’m more comfortable with what I would call third person entertainment, meaning I’m watching a character that’s explicitly not me and I’m cathecting onto that character and experiencing something through a character’s eyes, than what I would call first person entertainment, which is to say a video game in which I am the character. I have three sons. They’re 15, 12, and 9, and we don’t have Xbox or PlayStations, and I don’t let them play first person shooter games because I’m not comfortable with that, and, you know, if you ask my 15 year old, who has played a lot of it at other friends’ houses and stuff, he says, “Well, it’s kind of disturbing because you’re not hunting. You’re not hunting for food. You’re in a first person context, and you’re killing everything in sight.” So I think we should talk about it. I think we should research it, and I think all things should be fair game, whether they’re video games or entertainment programming.”

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