A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this live daytime talk/performance show -- billed by MTV as a successor to TRL -- prominently features online social platforms like Twitter and Facebook and online video platforms like YouTube. Its focus on popular celebs, music, movies, and fashion will probably appeal to older tweens, but there's a bit of salty language, and some of the discussion topics and featured clips can get racy, with strong sexual innuendo and references to issues from fake lesbianism to posing nude for Playboy. Some of the guests also make mild references to drinking, smoking, and other adult behavior.
What's the story?
IT'S ON WITH ALEXA CHUNG brings pop culture fans the latest in celebrity news, fashion trends, and, of course, music. Hosted by British model/TV personality Alexa Chung, the series blends traditional interviews, music performances, and live skits with aspects of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook in order to facilitate audience interaction. Along with mainstream actors, singers, and TV stars, the show features performers who've come to prominence on Web sites like YouTube.
Is it any good?
The series, which replaces MTV's former daytime hit TRL, capitalizes on the growing popularity of social media in order to appeal to today's Internet-oriented youth culture while still trying to stay true to the network's musical roots. Perhaps as a consquence of trying to do both, there are times when the show seems slow and a little awkward, especially during transitions from traditional talk show interviews or performances to quirky online segments.
The celebrity-oriented content will probably appeal to older tweens as well as teens, but some of the show's content is too mature for young viewers. There's lots of innuendo, and guests often discuss adult behavior or make references to drinking and/or smoking. But overall the show is a reflection of how today's popular culture is being created and promoted by a digital generation.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of social media. Why do you think sites like Twitter and Facebook are so popular? Does it work to integrate them into other forms of media? Families can also discuss MTV. How has the channel influenced popular culture? Do you think it's as popular now as it was when it began? How has it changed over the years?
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