Being a Celebrity won’t get you a television role anymore

In the history of television, shows have been created due to the casting of a famous star, such as Reba, The Cosby Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and countless others. However, this is no longer the case for television shows and movies. The star power of a person is no longer the factor for landing a television role, the skills and training one has to recreate a character is what will now determine employment in television.


In a NY Times Article, the importance of dialect coaches and dialect training was addressed. With the abundant supply of international talent, there is an increased demand for high quality television and high quality television is only created by authentic dialects to engage and interest the viewer.

Having the right dialect can transmit important information about a character, such as where the character is from, its background, its upbringing, and much more. The demand for skilled performers who can create these authentic and realistic voices has recently been acknowledged, and this has changed the job requirements for becoming an actor or actress.

This recent development of the importance of dialect has shifted the job hunt in Hollywood and around the globe. Dialect coaches and trainers will now have an increased demand and a more important place in society; as well as the actors present in the television scene may change as well.

I believe this article is significant because it recognizes the shift in viewer’s importance. No longer are viewers satisfied with television and movies just because a celebrity is present. The audience for media has become refined their taste and now desires high quality performances to stimulate their interest and intrigue them to continue watching.

Going forward I think this will affect the type of television available to society. New sitcoms and movies will arise that place focus on the talents of the individual actors, rather than pulling upon their star power and celebrity. I think this is a great thing society as an audience because it proves we will tolerate low quality television because celebrities have been hired for the show. Instead, we have stated our demands to view authentic and high quality television that showcases talented actors and their skills in recreating realistic characters in a media setting.67865829_18e7655583_b

Samantha Ostmann

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4 Responses to Being a Celebrity won’t get you a television role anymore

  1. mediaphiles says:

    Though I agree with the importance of authenticity in an increasingly crowded television landscape, I’d argue that studios, networks and streaming services are placing increasing importance on big names with strong domestic and international recognition. Top talent is being paid more than ever because producers realize to stand out in the cluttered media landscape, with an abundance of original programming, recognizable names will bring in viewers and ratings. I’d argue an that almost all of the top 50 nightly television programs are driven by famous stars. Outside of late night talk show hosts, notable names like Chelsea Handler and Samantha Bee have become household names and are critical for networks to establish a strong brand identity.

    Griff O

  2. mediaphiles says:

    While society has certainly become harder to please in the world of television, in many shows, characters are written with specific celebrities in mind to portray them. This was certainly the case in 30 Rock, in which Tina Fey wrote the role of Jack Donaghy specifically for Alec Baldwin. Only after the star power passes on these roles are the potentially more talented, undiscovered actors found. With their being so many niches in the current television industry between cable and streaming services, there is more ability to have both strong celebrity shows and lesser known roles, which I think are being taken full advantage of. I would argue that both types of shows are still alive and well.
    Margaret Murray

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I think this is very interesting! I have noticed this as well, but I didn’t know that this shift was so heavily rooted in dialect alone. It does make sense, though, as realistic portrayals of characters are needed so that viewers can relate to them. Viewers may identify with a certain accent because of the region they are from, as you imply. I do, however, think that this can be seen as a negative transition because it stereotypes certain groups of people and can create judgments against them that might not have arisen otherwise.

    Alex Buter

  4. marymdalton says:

    Good work! (Don’t forget to italicize series titles.)

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