TV: Where U.S. Cultural Diplomacy Stands A Chance

“In the parliaments and pubs of Europe, the United States may wallow in least-favored-nation status. But on European television, American shows have been enjoying a popularity not seen since the 1980’s heyday of ‘Dallas,’ ‘Dynasty’ and ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’ … Nick Thorogood, controller of Five US,” a new television channel devoted to American programming, “said British viewers set aside any anti-American sentiments when they settle down on the sofa. ‘We are seeing bright, intelligent and beautifully made drama coming out of America,’ he said. ‘In the U.K., many people abhor the politics of the U.S. but eagerly embrace the culture.’ “