Character: Deity Name: Television Pantheon: New Gods Current Alias: Tyler Vaughan Apparent Age: Mid-thirties Occupation: Development executive for a major television network
Personality: Television is a mellow sort of guy, really. He hates conflict of any kind -- swears up and down that it makes him break out in hives, though that has yet to be proven. Honestly, why can't everyone just gather 'round the old boob-tube and watch some wholesome family programming (or people metaphorically tearing each others' throats out on reality shows)? That's certainly TV's idea of a hot Friday night! His couch, some takeout, his 103-inch plasma flatscreen, and over a thousand satellite channels to choose from? Yes, please!
This doesn't mean that TV is a couch potato, though. When he's not at home watching the latest marathon of CSI or What Not To Wear, he's out in the world. If there's one thing Television loves more than the object that gives him his power, it's people! And, well, the world in general. Watching it on a television set just doesn't do it justice. So TV loves to get out and explore, meet new people and get lost in strange places just for the adventure of it. He's rather childlike on occasion, easily distracted by bright colors or shiny things... blame Saturday morning cartoons for that one.
If he sees it on television, Television decides that he needs to try it. Impulsive? Oh, to the extreme. He's skydived, scuba-dived, tried making five dishes themed on one secret ingredient within a single hour, anything you can think of. If he likes it, he uses his influence (both immortal and mortal) to increase that show's air-time. If he doesn't... well, just look at where essentially every spin-off, ever, has ended up.
History: Though there were several others who had a hand in discovering things that would eventually lead to the creation of the television, Television regards John Logie Baird as his "creator." Baird invented the first working television set in 1924. The word "television" had been coined in 1900 by Russian scientist Constantin Perskyi. The United States' first regularly scheduled television service began in 1928, though these electromechanical televisions were phased out and eventually replaced by electronic televisions and broadcasting in the late 1930s.
Production of televisions, along with radios and other broadcasting equipment, was suspended from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. The FCC required commercial television stations to only air 4 hours of programming a week, instead of the regular 15. Television hadn't become a deity yet, and is rather thankful that he wasn't -- he's nearly positive this would have killed him, or at least weakened him to the point where he was essentially mortal.
Television's rise to deity status came in the mid-1950s. In 1946, 0.5% of households in the US had televisions, but by 1954 that number had leapt to 55.7%. Now he was in his prime, and he thrived on the power. The invention of color television? Best decade of his life. Now, in the 21st century, Television has more to go on than ever. He loves reality television, though this whole "television on the internet" phenomenon is starting to worry him. He's gotten used to being a fixture in American homes; taking a blow to the ego (and the power) like that would suck.