Would YOU Like To Be Queen For A Day!
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Does anyone remember that TV show? Women would talk about the financial and emotional trials in their lives, the disabled children, the debt, the missing husbands, sick parents, and the audience would applaud. The woman who got the loudest applause on the "applause-o-meter" (yes, that was a real thing) would win a.......washing machine!, or some other household appliance. And for a few moments she wore an ermine cap and a crown. How that eased the pain of a disabled child, I don't know.
I was watching Home Free, a TV show by Mike Holmes and Tim Tebow, featuring contestants that are trying to win a home for their hero. At the end of every episode, Tim Tebow says, in the same voice that Jack Bailey used on Queen For A Day, "You've won this brand new house!!!"
Same format, but oh how our expectations have risen!
There was a show not all that long ago on TLC called Trading Spaces, where two couples would exchange houses and have two days and $2,000 to redecorate a room. It was a big deal at the time, but nowadays TV redecorating requires moving walls and redoing plumbing and electric, and $2000 is a laughably low amount. No one would watch a show with such a small budget.
Has television followed public expectation, or is it setting it?
It's always an interesting mental exercise to re-evaluate your expectations.