I totally agree.
During the 1980s, when science-fiction/fantasy storytelling started to infect and decimate the soaps, I was aghast because I gravitate towards well-written, well-acted continuing dramas about family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. Fortunately, primetime TV has stepped up to the plate, and has been producing many fine, adult dramas for serial fans to enjoy. I have series like This Is Us, New Amsterdam and A Million Little Things; I no longer have to cringe through the horrifically stupid sci-fi camp being dished out on my once-beloved daytime soaps.
I thought that was weird, too. I chalk it up to the dialogue writer who doesn't really understand the history. Mickey raised Sarah from birth. If that doesn't make someone your father, I don't know what does!
Sorry... but TV shows don't oppress people.
That is very true. Ratings across the board are just tanking. The entire television landscape is so diluted, they have done this to themselves. I think the cutting the cord trend is the only thing that has been helping network TV from going down even further. If you remember how the Roseanne reboot premiere was ballyhooed as this HUGE triumph, when during her original run, she pulled those same numbers every week, and so did virtually any show in the Nielsen top 20.
I think Patrick's very lucrative association with Bain Capital could be a big problem for him.
I mention that because Bain Capital is venture (some would say "vulture") capital firm that is not so much known as a 'turnaround company' as it is best known for stripping struggling companies for parts and making profit from the process. It's not about making corporate speeches or anything like that. Bain Capital did Romney no favors during his presidential bid, and I foresee it being a similar, if not larger problem for Patrick in his run.
People talk about Obama the centrist but Obama came out of public advocacy, not the corporate world.