What Will TV Look Like in Trump's America?

PATRICK HARBRON/FX (THE AMERICANS); K.C. BAILEY/NETFLIX (MASTER OF NONE); HBO (GAME OF THRONES); LACEY TERRELL/HBO (VEEP); PATRICK HARBRON/CBS (THE GOOD FIGHT); DAVID DETTMANN/NETFLIX (BLACK MIRROR); JOHN P. JOHNSON/HBO (WESTWORLD); HOPPER STONE/CBS VIA G

How our new commander in chief—himself a product of the small screen and one of its most attentive viewers—will affect every show we watch.

If the presidential election of 1960 was the first in which TV played a crucial role—giving the edge in the Nixon-Kennedy debates to the telegenic junior senator from Massachusetts—the 2016 contest was the first in which one of the candidates was truly a product of the medium. Donald Trump’s public image was forged on the small screen as Ronald Reagan’s was on celluloid. The Apprentice, wh...

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