Actress Candace Cameron Bure, who became an executive at GAC Media last year, thanked her fans for making Great American Family the “fastest growing network” in all of cable TV. The proud entertainer took to Instagram Story this week and shared a press release from the Great American Media that showed that the network closed out the fourth quarter as the “fastest growing network in all of cable television. Thank you for finding us and watching Great American Family Channel,” Bure wrote over a snapshot of the press release.
“Great news for Great American Media’s #GreatAmericanFamily to end 2022 & an even better way to start 2023. Happy New Year to everyone who helped make this happen, from people on-camera & off, but especially our viewers!” the network wrote in a tweet celebrating the news. GAF noted that in just the second year of the channel’s existence, it ranked “No. 1 in total day ratings growth in households (+113%),” ages 18-49 (+100%) and total viewership (+116%), as gathered by Nielsen.
The family network also came in No. 1 in “Primetime ratings growth in households (+128%) among all cable networks. Bure’s executive role at GAC Media began in April 2022, and since then the outspoken Christian has been working on producing and starring in faith and family-friendly content. According to Deadline at the time, Bure was asked by GAC Media to curate programming for its channels GAC Family and GAC Living.
The notable “queen of Christmas movies” also had a hand in developing GAC’s “Great American Christmas” franchise. “I am constantly looking for ways that I can inspire people to live life with purpose,” Bure said in a statement last year. “GAC fits my brand perfectly; we share a vision of creating compelling, wholesome content for an audience who wants to watch programming for and with the whole family. In November, Bure was highly criticized for saying the network would showcase traditional marriages. Celebrities took to social media at the time to criticize the 46-year-old after she responded to a question by The Wall Street Journal about whether there would be any same-sex storylines in projects produced by Great American Family.
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If you stare at white noise long enough, you can sometimes see images and shapes form in the flickering static. Much the same as those 3D picture books that were inexplicably popular in the 90s. Netflix’s new movie White Noise is a little like that. As soon as you start to think you can see what’s going on the movie flickers into something else entirely.
It can be jarring and disconcerting to judder from a wordy workplace comedy to a jumpscare horror, or from an unsettling but all too familiar, pandemic-esque satire into an elongated chase sequence of vehicle-based humour that’s right out of National Lampoon’s Vacation.
But somehow, it all works. Mainly because the film’s sudden gear shifts are never less than entertaining. Sometimes wildly so. It’s like riding the dodgems at the Easter Show and being blindsided by a wily driver. You might feel the whiplash and confusion of being bumped sideways but it’s still a lot of fun.Based on Don DeLillo’s 1980s famed postmodern novel of the same name, White Noise was largely regarded as “unfilmable”. And watching this it’s easy to see why. Each of its three sections is almost standalone, with only the barest thread connecting them, and its themes of existential dread, rampant consumerism, fidelity, pharmaceutical dependence and era-specific social commentary and satire is a heck of a lot to cram into one movie.
Director Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story, The Squid and the Whale) gives it the old college try and for the most part succeeds. Some sections fall flat, understandable as it tackles so many 80s tropes, but when it sizzles it’s jam hot.
Actor Adam Driver reunites with Baumbach to star as Jack, a renowned professor of Hitler studies. He’s madly in love with his third wife, Babette, played by Greta Gerwig, who is combatting her fear of death by secretly popping an experimental drug to make her chill out. However, it also makes her forgetful and the kids in their blended family begin to worry about her. Their investigation into her secretive behaviour is interrupted by part two, titled The Airborn Toxic Event, in which their town is locked down and then evacuated and has more than a whiff of our recent pandemic about it. And finally, it moves into its third part, which takes a twist into revenge thriller territory.
As said, it’s a wild ride and one you need to strap in for. It won’t be for everyone, but if you can see past the noise, it’s a wonderfully unashamedly weird picture.