Television: A Graying Media?

The Emmys were awarded last night. And, even though I review a lot of TV for Plugged In, I didn’t watch them. I felt a wee bit guilty about it for a while (a television critic really should watch a television show which doles out awards to other television shows, right?), but the show really held no interest for me. And after reading an article in the Los Angeles Times, I now know why.

I’m too young.

I’m 40 years old now, so it’s rare that anyone tells me I’m “too young” for anything. But television, understanding its audience is graying, has shown a willingness to write meaty roles for older actors. It figures that the industry’s awards would reflect it’s core demographic: folks older than me. Only one of the major acting awards went to someone younger than 40 (that’d be 37-year-old Toni Collette of Showtime’s United States of Tara), and some were old enough to be one of my parents (62-year-old Glenn Close, for instance).

Now, obviously television still pulls in viewers from across the demographic spectrum, but I still thought this was pretty interesting. And it makes me wonder: Do you think that TV is losing its relevance with younger media consumers?

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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