Saturday, June 28, 2008

What Has Happened to TV


When cable TV swept the country it was supposed to be commercial free, not it is only HBO and Showtime, C-span and the NASA channel that are commercial free.

What happened to the History Channel? We used to call it the War Channel, but now they run reality shows, though most of them are somewhat entertaining, but it’s annoying how many times they re-run the same clips in the same show. A show total after the commercial cut-aways is about 40 minutes. Take out the duplicate footage and there is probably about 15 minutes of first run content.

When was the last time you saw a music video on MTV? WTF?

I was shocked to see that ER, Trading Spaces and What Not to Wear are still in production.

Am I the only one who watches the Nightly News Hour with Jim Lehrer? I never hear anyone talking about it. This is probably the best news show on TV. And while I’m on the topic of PBS, I think it’s time to get some new Brit-Coms in the Saturday night line-up.

16 Comments:

Blogger Jaggy said...

Hey now, I was with you until you started knocking ER. The show has more Emmys than any other show... ever. The cast has changed over the years, and the plots have gone a bit wonky at times, but it still has that sparkle it used to have. I'm going to disagree with you about this.

At least ER never claims to be "reality." I'm glad there's one drama out there that isn't afraid to get a bit dramatic and silly.

Discovery Channel went from being the American Chopper channel to the Deadliest Catch channel... what's up with that? American Chopper got shoved over to TLC. What happened to all of those "live" surgeries on TLC? I miss those...

And yeah, with the exception of Modern Marvels, The History Channel can take a hike.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous g said...

Since G(uy)'s whole blog is becoming pot related, I have to add in my favorite show which is on showtime - Weeds.

I also can't get enough of the shows on the Green Channel (satellite)

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Sorry, Jaggy. I just feel that the only shows that deserve that sort of longevity are 60 Minutes and the Simpsons, but hey, to each their own.

Green? What channel? And I will not be mentioning pot again. It was all Lori's fault, anyway. She made me write about pot.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous g said...

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5:09 PM  
Blogger MissKris said...

Hi. Doing some blog browsing and came over from Jaggy's. First time visitor. I love how your mind thinks and really enjoyed reading down the page! I'm thinkin' you must be somewhere around my age...54 here. Anyway, we were TV-less for the first 12 years of our daughter's life. By that time our son was 10, all the kids in the neighborhood were getting too old for him as they entered their teens. He BEGGED for Nintendo. So we relented. One of my biggest regrets EVER. I could so, so easily live without TV again. I spend most of my day watching all the "Super Why" shows from PBS that we have taped for our 2-year-old grandson who I baby sit full time. One of television's better shows, if you ask me. And I do watch Jim Lehrer every now and then. But I'm not much of a news-watcher in general. I wish PBS would bring back the "Red Green Show"! I'd rather be reading or writing or pulling weeds than sitting in front of a TV. LOVED the Pete Seger song...I'm going to have to 'borrow' it and put it on my blog, too...just because a lot of my readers are around my age and will enjoy it, too. I will definitely be coming back!

8:29 PM  
Blogger MissKris said...

And I will link to here to let people know I got the Pete Seger song here. I HATE it when people "borrow" without links!

8:31 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Misskris, Well thanks, Darlin. I think I did an article on Red Green last year. Nope, I checked and he only got a mention in an article about red/green color deficiency. Also, soon to be 53. So you got here from Jaggy, eh? I don't recall how we found one another, but we've been reading one another for years. She's so polite, calls me "Mr. Guy."
Hope to see you back again, Kris. Off to check your site.

5:46 AM  
Blogger MissKris said...

I could see by my Feedjit you stopped by...thanks for visiting. I came across Jaggy thru ORblogs, I think it was. Isn't it amazing how any of us connect on here?! I read somewhere the average amount of visitors to a blog is ONE, so I feel very blessed for those who find me out there in cyberspace, no matter how they stumble across me. I saw on the news it was quite warm in Astoria yesterday. It's barely 10 am and we're already sweltering here. Feels like the Midwest! We have old family friends who live on 6th Street there in Astoria. Small world.

10:02 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

So Kris, you are a stat checker, eh? I no longer check stats. Back when I gave up I was getting over a hundred hits a day with about 70 unique IPs. Small potatoes.

Actually I was frightened at first with your blog white letters on a black background. It usually leaves me blind after reading just a little bit, but you are using a larger font.

Yesterday was a perfect day to take a nap with the windows open. Kind of muggy today.

10:58 AM  
Blogger MissKris said...

Just for you, I tweaked around with my blog. What do you think of the new color scheme? I tried joining Elder Bloggers a while back and Roni, the co-ordinator of it, said the white-on-black was too harsh for older eyes. I don't seem to have a problem with it myself, but when you said something I figured maybe I'd experiment. I think I'll go send her another email...she said she'd be happy to add me if I ever decided to change to more "elder friendly" colors. As to stats, I dunno why I bother. I may just have to alleviate that, too. I read a very interesting blog entry about that today, as a matter of fact. I may blog about it if my sweaty brain will cooperate tonite, ha! It is SULTRY, let alone MUGGY! Yuck!

6:29 PM  
Blogger nootka said...

totally agree about TV.
hence, I watch very little these days...


L.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Jennie said...

MTV completely pisses me off with the lack of video action as well. I am really addicted to pvr'ing the documentary channel and the green channel. PBS is great for the 2 yr old and the adults.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

I record Lehrer and watch with a buncha other news shows I get on our satellite dish from around the world in their own languages. I spent my entire life until age 18 without TV(or electricity, running water, etc)and even when I could get it later I never watched much. Ours stays on 24/7 now as if we turn it off the kitties rampage all night long. Muting it and leaving the radio on does the trick at times too. Silly furballs even watch some shows regularly, think it's the colors & motion. When the shows come on, the ones that like it will zip into the LR and stay for the whole show. Strange!!

1:35 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mike, you are cat slaves.

Jenny, there are alternatives, but still, they aren't the same as the old MTV.

Nootka, Welcome back. Missed having you around.

Kris, Here on the coast, if you don't like the weather you can drive 10-15 miles in any direction for something different. Yesterday it was muggy here, but semi foggy and windy in Chinook. Your sight looks much better now. Thanks from my eyes.

5:15 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

But the cats DO allow us to stay here with them:)

11:29 AM  
Blogger Colonel Panic said...

lower case G i havent seen that Weeds show, probably because I only have basic cable. Basic cable is so rife with commercials, bad reality shows and ridiculous sporting events (poker?) that I would feel like a fool paying more for more of the same.

That said I like a couple of the things that I see. Similiar to Weeds I have heard is Breaking Bad about a high school science teacher who gets terminal illness and becomes the best Meth cook of all time to make some money for his family. It is funny, unpredictable, somewhat realistic. Time well spent . Highly realistic. AMC just renewed it!

9:38 PM  

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