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.