Tabloid Wars

 
Informative look at tabloid news for teens and up.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show looks at reporters' professional commitment to their careers. But the series deals with a variety of news events that take place in New York City, most of which aren't positive.

Violence

Occasional discussions of violent criminal behavior that might disturb some viewers.

Sex

Occasional references to sexual behavior.

Language

Mostly mild: "Damn," etc. Strong curse words are bleeped out.

Consumerism

Copies of the New York Daily News and competing tabloids are sometimes visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional references to alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that that this series provides some interesting insight into the world of tabloid journalism and on the life of a reporter in a major city. Parents also need to know that some of stories the reporters are working on are a bit strong for younger audiences. The discussions of violent acts (police shootings, hate crimes) and other criminal behavior can be a bit disturbing.

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What's the story?

TABLOID WARS is a documentary-style reality show that gives viewers a first-hand look at the daily operations of a tabloid newspaper, following the reporters, writers, and editors of The New York Daily News as they work in the newsroom and on the streets of New York pursuing leads and reconstructing events in order to write stories that will appeal to their working-class readership. Constantly being reminded by Michael Cooke, Daily News editor-in chief, that they're competing against their "enemy," The New York Post, the reporters pursue stories that range from the violent to the bizarre. Racially motivated crime and police shootings are intermixed with stories about Robert De Niro's nanny, Victoria Gotti's latest party, homeless body builders, and reptile collectors, and even a local police officer in Iraq. The personal lives of the Daily News staff is also discussed.

Is it any good?

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Fast-paced and unglamorous, Tabloid Wars shows viewers that reporters' lives can be both exciting and draining as they struggle to maintain a competitive edge in the cut-throat world of newspaper journalism.

Teens with an interest in journalism or newspapers will probably find the series fascinating; because of the mature nature of many of the stories the reporters and editors cover, the show isn't the best fit for younger viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to be a journalist. What is the life of a reporter really like? What challenges do reporters face every day as they try to do their jobs? What's the difference between a tabloid and a "regular" newspaper? Families can also discuss the difficult choices people make every day about their careers and their personal lives. Is it possible to have a challenging career and a family? What kinds of sacrifices do we make in order to have the career of our dreams?

TV details

Cast:George Rush, Lloyd Grove, Michael Cooke
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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