Written Analysis: Intros and Theses
Thesis/Intros: Due Wednesday, Nov. 19
Everybody Loves Raymond: In Gay Television and Straight America, Ron Becker writes that the “viability of gay-themed programming in the post-Ellen era was helped considerably by the success of Will and Grace (1998-2005)” (172). While this may be (see also Roseanne [1988-1997] and Friends [1994-2004]), one series running at the same time that likely did not help the cause is Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005), which, as I will argue below, consistently reinforces heteronormativity. (65 words)
Louie: "The only way I’m doing Louie is if [FX] literally wires the $200K to me and I go to NY and just make it. I don’t gotta tell you what it’s about" (qtd. in Nussbaum). This is how comedian Louis CK approached FX about his comedy series Louie (2010– ). CK's now famous "Louie deal" doesn't follow the industry's traditional logic of safety, and that's one reason, I argue below, that it succeeds. (70 words)
Following these intros should be several concrete examples of how Everybody Loves Raymond reinforces heteronormativity throughout its run and how Louie succeeds because CK (and ultimately FX) do not follow the industry's logic of safety.