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Why college students don't belong on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 2nd 2009 4:29PM
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire logoSomething about the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire seems off this season. It might be the gimmicky "Tournament of Ten" that they've been building towards; it starts next week. Or it might be the bumped-up money tree they've instituted, paired with tougher questions; now it's easier to get the first safety level (now $5,000) but much more difficult to get to the second (still $25,000).

But what might also be off is that the producers have been mixing in some very young contestants into the show, and when they're on, the program screeches to a halt.

Why? They're too young. Even if they're the most book-smart kids on the planet, their knowledge of pop culture and historic events goes back maybe ten years, and those questions are a large part of the stack most contestants get.

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Fox offer students online looks at Terminator and Fringe

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 28th 2008 11:04AM
TerminatorWhy do college students get all the breaks? It looks like Fox will be offering the premieres of both Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and J.J. Abrams' Fringe at fox.com for those with a .edu e-mail address. They will also offer some behind-the-scenes footage, music videos and interviews.

This is a clever marketing ploy by Fox. The demographic for those shows definitely leans towards the young, and since college students are more exposed to computers than anybody I know who doesn't work in the industry (and are probably more used to watching stuff online rather than on the television), the idea has definite appeal.

Mind you, such systems can be fooled, particularly if you have a friend or relative with a .edu address (or so I've heard). With that in mind, I don't understand why Fox wouldn't just offer this to everybody. I can only guess that it's a way for Fox to control illegal downloading of these highly anticipated shows.

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Nielsen takes notice of college students

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 12th 2007 1:22PM
NielsenNielsen has begun adding college students that live in dorms to its ratings. In practical terms, this means 130 drunk kids will represent about 2 million actual college students, and have an inordinately large influence on the television landscape.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some shows have seen a huge boost due to the inclusion of college student data. Comedy Central's Drawn Together saw a 60% ratings bump, which shouldn't be surprising, as I'm not sure anyone who doesn't live in a dorm watches the show. Of course, Nielsen estimated 163,000 additional people were watching the show based on the fact that 12 of those college kids were tuning in. Yay statistical sampling.

Nielsen gathers data from about 10,000 households and uses that data to extrapolate what the rest of the country is watching. While that system probably worked pretty well thirty years ago when there were only a handful of networks, viewers today can choose from hundreds of different channels.

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The Daily Show makes kids cynical about politics? OMG!

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 24th 2006 3:53PM
The Daily Show makes kids even more cynicalYou'd never imagine it by their behavior, but college students are very easily influenced by TV, the Internet, and the power of Everclear punch. So it's not a big surprise to hear that heavy doses of The Daily Show have made kids of that age cynical about politics and the media (heck, I was cynical about politics and the media years before TDS even existed).

But now, this outcome has been recorded in a study, conducted by two political scientists at East Carolina University. They showed a group of students TDS clips from the 2004 Presidential campaign and another group coverage from the CBS Evening News. They measured the groups' attitudes about both candidates and found that the TDS watchers had the more negative view. The concern is that the more cynical this group becomes, the less likely they'll vote (and they don't vote much now). My thinking? As they get older, they'll look for more news sources. Right now, they just want to laugh.

[via Romenesko]

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The Bedford Diaries makes sex boring

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2006 11:04AM
Bedford DiariesWe don't cover The Bedford Diaries that much here at TV Squad. I guess it just doesn't look that interesting to anyone. And Tee Vee agrees with us. But I'm glad that Nathan Alderman wrote this review of the show. Not only does he point out that the WB show makes sex seem boring, he also mentions Paul Haggis and two of my all-time favorite TV shows, Due South and EZ Streets (it makes sense in the context of the article). Here's what he says about The Bedford Diaries, in a nutshell:

"The whole thing feels like it's been focus grouped to death. Hmm ... what would the WB want? A show about attractive college students? Having lots of sex? And talking about their sex lives? And making videotapes of themselves talking about their sex lives? Sounds like a surefire sell!

Except it's not. It's downright boring ..."

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