The Seven

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Live "news" show sells celebrities' products and projects.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Depending on the story, the message could be mixed. But, in general, the show's tone is upbeat and energetic.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Role models change from story to story. For example, the show could transition from an interview with jailed rapper Lil Wayne to a cooking segment with 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord.

Violence
Sex

Some sexy stuff (skimpy clothing, suggestive dancing, etc.) pops up in the form of recycled video clips that run with certain stories.

Language

Rare use of words like "hell" and "ass."

Consumerism

The show promotes specific brands like iPad, as well as the current and/or soon-to-be-released work of TV, film, and music stars ... but it's presented as "news."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this live pop-culture news show covers a broad range of topics, so content will vary from day to day. But, in general, expect to see heavy promotion of music, TV, and film stars' current projects. The hosts sometimes use gateway words like "hell" or "ass," and you might also see some sexy stuff in the form of skimpy outfits, etc.

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What's the story?

On THE SEVEN, a daily round-up of pop culture news, hosts Julie Alexandria and Kevin Manno count down the seven most important "things you need to know." The show features celebrity drop-ins, interviews, and performances, as well as some pre-recorded segments and is shot in front of a live studio audience overlooking New York City's Times Square.

Is it any good?

Bubbly hosts Alexandria and Manno try really hard to sell the idea that they're telling you seven things you "need to know" -- and we know, because they repeat that phrase word for word at least three times in the show's short 30-minute run. But when you strip away the live audience's cheers and screams, what you're really getting are seven pop-culture tidbits that are mildly interesting at best.

For example? Talking to Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andrew Garfield -- the stars of the Facebook-themed movie The Social Network -- about the making of the film a few days before its theatrical release is a pretty good get and comparatively worthy of its No. 1 slot as the most important news of the day. But is the fact that Twilight star Taylor Lautner used to be good at karate when he was 9 really the second-most critical thing we need to know? If so, that's kind of sad.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between news and promotion. How does the show decide on the seven most "important" stories for the day? Does the news on the show feel genuinely important to you? What's the criteria for story selection?

  • How important are celebrities to the success of the show? How does the presence of stars affect viewership and drive ratings?

  • Does the fact that the show is live make a difference? Would the show change much if it were taped in advance?

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