- Category: Entertainment
- Published on Friday, 07 October 2011 15:12
- Written by Lara Landis
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The Fall television season did not contain much excitement. Even the American show with one notably Asexual character had the character suggest a departure from his Asexuality briefly. The Fall 2011 season may be a disappointment for someone who is looking for comedy, although reality television shows were treated to a debate over the merits of Chaz Bono. What seems to be suprising is the number of shows on the air where an Aseual character could fit.
Terra Nova probably ranks as one of the most expensive shows to produce this fall. With Stephen Spielberg borrowing the formula he used, to direct Jurassic Park, it seems to be a sure fire way to grab ratings. None of the characters are visibly Asexual, but it seems that there is a very good reason for the leader of the colony to be. His character seems far more interested in running the colony than in doing silly things like chasing after romantic interests. However, although the show is fairly new, it seems that he did have a wife at some point, if the author remembers correctly. Terra Nova is also just a good pulp fiction and a good dieselpunk offering.
The second show which seems to cry out for Asexuality somewhere is How to Be a Gentleman. In some ways, this show seems to be a repackaging of two and a half men with the person playing Charlie Sheen's character ready to have a melt down. The other main character, Andrew Carlson, has a one night stand in the second episode. It seems that if the main character would at least be more interesting if he wanted to find a romantic partner but was far less interested in intercourse. It may even make the show much less painful to watch.
The final show just finished up its second season. Cable shows often run between lulls in network televion. SyFy's Haven picks up where Kolchak: the Night Stalker and The X-Files left off. Audrey Parker needs to solve supernatural mysteries involving troubled residents of a small town in Maine. The troubled residents all have supernatural abilities, although some of these abilities are beneficial. There are several characters whose sexuality simply doesn't matter, notably Dave and Vince. However, it seems Dwight, another character added in the second season, might be Asexual.
One thing is certain, American Television producers will continue to skirt around the issue of Asexuality. It is acceptable to introduce a gay or lesbian character to produce ratings. The characters will even come out and say what they are. No Asexual character has yet done so on American television, even though it has been done on soap operas from New Zealand and Brazil.
(Note: The ABC Family show, Huge, did have a character that came out as Asexual).