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May 01, 2009, 05:59:26 PM
Namely the show Bones and their death/black metal episode, "Mayhem on a Cross":

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Covering metal as a setting presents a problem for television because it's nearly impossible to reveal much about the genre from a mainstream perspective, especially since it's not the topic of the show. On Bones, the topic is murder and the setting is an underground of black/death/nu-metal bands who use the corpse of a murder victim as a prop. Having followed Temperance Brennan in Dr. Kathy Reichs' books for some years, I was glad to see the show clarified her character. In addition, this show obliquely tackles the issues at the core of death and black metal.

http://www.anus.com/metal/about/video/#B

I posted it on their official forums to see if their community had any feedback:
http://forums.fox.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=foxbones&msg=17049.1

Never heard of any of the bands they used:

"Turn to Dust" - Tondra Soul
"God of Anger" - Droid
"Choppah" - Jameson
"Better" - Blue Shoes

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May 02, 2009, 03:40:21 PM
The episode did two important things: It showed that metal fans are not morons and that metal is not just noise. There are three metal fans in the episode which are all educated "normal" people. This shows that metal isn't all about drugs and sex. Also, the guy with the bent nose mentions that the bassist of the band they're investigating is a good musician. He even mentions who his likely influence is. Even though the people in the show looked like Insane Clown Posse fans and they essentially made the metal music scene seem like the gangster rap one, the show does do some good.

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May 02, 2009, 06:38:20 PM
This is so bogus. It makes metalheads all look like maladjusted incompetent sociopaths (like we need more negative stereotypes).
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Even though the people in the show looked like Insane Clown Posse fans and they essentially made the metal music scene seem like the gangster rap one
Exactly.

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May 03, 2009, 02:24:36 PM
This is so bogus. It makes metalheads all look like maladjusted incompetent sociopaths (like we need more negative stereotypes).
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Even though the people in the show looked like Insane Clown Posse fans and they essentially made the metal music scene seem like the gangster rap one
Exactly.

Think of it this way: this is a step up from the previous misconceptions.

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May 03, 2009, 04:19:13 PM
For an even more positive depiction, try the recent satire film In The Loop. Not only is the plot head-spinningly complex and decidedly highbrow in tone, there is also a scene which shows the young political aides in Washington attending a heavy metal gig. The visiting British diplomat is surprised to see his American counterparts as headbangers in their spare time, but one American commentator explains: "It allows them to unwind. They spend their free time headbanging to metal, and then the next day they go to work and debate noise polution levels in court".

Potentially used for its absurdist context but still - one of the more constructive uses of metal imagery.