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For those that don't know HBO and Showtime are responsible for producing quite a number of intellectual high-brow TV shows. They may not be watched by as many people as Idol, but they are huge hits with NY and LA Times TV critics and have are more educated, younger, hipper, intellectual and affluent audience than your average prime time TV show.

The first of these was Sex and the CITY. Which is now done.

Now almost all of them are set in LA or southern california

L Word, Entourage, curb your enthusiasm, canivale, unscripted, six feet under etc...And most of them highlight the hippness, humor and complexity of LA life.

How do you think this will change how LA is viewed by the nation? Will it alienate LA, or will it make it more intriguing to people?

Here are critics comments about Six feet under

The third season SIX FEET UNDER continued to inspire critical raves, with the New York Times calling it "required viewing in the canon of pop culture," as well as "engrossing." The Los Angeles Times hailed the show as "heroically smart, tender and witty," and "great, great stuff," while New York Magazine observed, "There is no more surprising or satisfying series anywhere on television." In addition, the show received a Golden Globe® nomination this year for Best Television Series -
 

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How do you think this will change how LA is viewed by the nation?

I don't think that having a lot of TV shows set in LA will have much affect on LA's reputation. LA is everywhere in the media, so everyone who doesn't live under a rock has a pretty set perception of LA, whether that be good or bad. If all these shows were set in a less-popular city, like Omaha, there would probably be a noticeable change in people's view of the city. But since LA has already spent so much time in the limelight I doubt that this will do much to LA's image.

But it's still cool. You guys are lucky to live in a recognized-by-media city.
 

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You are right that the nation and world are saturated with images of LA. But I think these shows are a little different as it really promotes LA as a place for the off-beat, sophisticated and intellectual. Just like Sex in the City highlighted Manhattan as a sophisticated place.
 
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