Question: I had to write in regarding your response to a reader's comments about Tin Man. You wrote: "Being edgy is fine, but just because something is edgy and dark doesn't necessarily make it better. And when did it become fashionable to slam things for being sweet?" You are kidding, right? Almost everyone in the media today criticizes things for being too sweet, even children's shows. I am the mother of two young children (ages 7 and 4), and it seems that everything produced for kids these days is "edgy," supposedly so that the parents will enjoy it. When a recent Winnie the Pooh movie came out, I read a review that said it was too saccharine sweet. Come on — it is a G-rated Winnie the Pooh movie, not a slasher flick! Shows like Barney are always criticized for being too sweet, but the last time I checked, the demographic for that show is 0 to 5, not 14 to 18. Almost all new children's movies are PG, so that the writers can insert potty humor and foul language. I don't need to hear burping and farting cartoon characters. Doesn't it say something that Walt Disney was able to create so many wonderful movies that have stood the test of time without using potty humor? I don't want edgy, especially for my kids. I want wholesome entertainment that I can allow them to watch without me having to lunge for the remote when something questionable arises. I must be in a very small minority in this country, because as an adult I usually choose not to watch shows about serial killers and plastic surgeons gone wild. I don't want to see graphic crime-scene investigations and bullet-riddled bodies. Every show on TV right now is trying to be edgier than the next. All I want is good storytelling without the foul language, the blood and the constant sexual references. I certainly know that I can choose not to watch (which is what I do), but it saddens me that there is just nothing left for those of us who don't want edgy. I will just stick with my Food Network, HGTV and Tim Gunn and wait for someone to produce a drama that I can watch without covering my eyes. In the '70s and '80s, I could watch TV with my parents: sitcoms, light dramas, even made-for-TV movies. But those days are long gone!
Answer: I sympathize and empathize, but don't get me wrong: I like my edgier TV as well. There should be room on TV for all tastes, and I do agree it's harder and harder for families in general to find a safe haven on contemporary network TV. My point in that Tin Man response (and I wasn't kidding) was to challenge the prevailing notion in some circles that just because something is edgier and darker, that makes it superior.