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Women gone wild. The rise of the anti-hero. Reenchanting the world. Nostalgia for the recent past.

These are just a few of the themes peppering our television landscape. How do these narratives reflect who we are (or want to be)? Why are we longing for stories about these kinds of characters and situations at this particular moment? Where do religious themes and imagery figure into the latest crop of television storytelling?

We’ll be diving into these questions for our upcoming interview with Diane Winston (“TV and Parables of Our Time”), a media and religion scholar at USC.

What shows or characters capture your attention? Send us your ideas for clips by October 27. Here’s what we’ll need from you as virtual producers:

  • Series name
  • Season
  • Episode name/number
  • Time clip starts and ends (about 1 minute, 30 seconds in length)
  • Scene description - a few sentences about why you think it’s intriguing

Oh, and don’t forget to let us know who you are. Let the production begin!


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10 Comments

Series - the Big C  - Season two
Just finished summer into Fall
Season final
The heroine is surviving Cancer but loses her husband...very gripping series where the character is exploring many ways to expand her human potential even as she faces death in a possible near known future...
Showtime

No, I'm paying for a " service" that offers little that I want to see and still costs too much.

Here's what I'd like to be watching instead of  mainstream news: http://www.ted.com/talks/julia...

No, but my 20 year old son is totally captivated by the series. 

Breaking Bad
Season 4
Episode 7- Dog Problem
around 33:30 to 38  (it is long but you could find a part of it to use)
Jesse is in Narcotics Anonymous where they are talking about self-acceptance and forgiving yourself for your past mistakes.  He tells the group he killed a dog (metaphor for another crime he commited- a murder of a human) and asks where is the "meaning" if you just "accept" and "let yourself off the hook" for the mistakes you make.

My favorite is an Israeli series "Srugim" (yes, it has subtitles) that is available for a modest fee with a subscription to The Jewish Channel. It portrays the intricacies of life and love among Orthodox 30-somethings in secular modern Israel. Although it's a drama, it's rarely melodramatic, opting for a subtle exploration of relationships that rings true to me, even though I'm not Jewish and have never been to Jerusalem. Apparently the writer is part of a movement dedicated to exploring and interpreting religious life to all Israelis--regardless of whether they practice or not.

How interesting! We have never even head of The Jewish Channel; is this available in the States?

Hi Trent, Yes, The Jewish Channel is available on Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios and many more. Here's a link: http://tjctv.com/  I get it through FIOS for $5.50 per month, and it's worth every penny just for Srugim (but it also has movies, discussions etc.

I just discovered a SyFy series on Hulu called Being Human -- It is based on a British series (and the first season of the SyFy series closely follows the British series' first season) which is available on Amazon.  it follows the lives of a vampire, werewolf and ghost who are trying to comes to grips with who they are and what has happened to them, but really it is more about the title -- being human, and what that means.  So, for instance, the vampire's thirst for killing and blood is treated like an addiction, and the show deals with how he is trying to control this overwhelming part of himself and the consequences of what happens when he loses control, especially in terms of the people he cares about.  Perhaps if On Being does another TV themed show, you could include this program, which I think would fit in well with what has been discussed on these TV themed shows.

If you intend to grab murderers, Dexter might have something to say about that.

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