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WTH happend to TV?

 
 
Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 06:36 am
I haven't watched much TV lately. I think I know why.

I was reading my.yahoo.com where I have 3 cartoons that I read every day and I happened to glance at the local listings for TV tonight. I was shocked and disgusted by what I saw.

I firmly believe that broadcast TV is doomed. DOOMED!

This is the 8:00 lineups:
NBC - America's Got Talent - 2 hrs
CBS - Rock Star: Supernova
ABC - The One: Making a music star - 2 hours
FOX - So You Think You Can Dance - 2 hours
UPN - America's Next Top Model

I was both disgusted and slightly nauseated when I noticied this lineup.

Just thought I would share my disgust.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 06:41 am
Yep. No Palladins, Peter Gunns, Hallmark Hall of Fame, All in the Family, Taxi- -nothin'.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 06:50 am
TV shows are now created to attract the average American teenager, thus the lack of intellectual content but plenty of raunchy humor.

I get 6 TV channels, which is sometimes 6 channels too much. Maybe that's way I'm on A2k so often. I prefer adult intellectual content and adult raunchy humor.
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eoe
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 07:30 am
I rarely watch network tv now. The last great sitcom (IMO) was 'Frasier' and when that show retired, that was it for me.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 07:34 am
There's some good stuff on tv. You just have to dig around a little.

No one is forcing you to watch American Idol.
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Letty
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 07:35 am
Hey, Monk is great and so is Dr. House and Medium. Those are the only three that I care to see.
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 07:47 am
It's summer. The networks know that people are out golfing, bbqing and otherwise engaged in the evenings, which is why they save all their good programming for Fall.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 08:31 am
Yeah, what is up with UPN anyway? Get with the program - we want "America's Next Topless Model".
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 05:32 pm
I confess to watching Lost, My Name is Earl, and sometimes Boston Legal [though that one is losing me with some of the later episodes]. We don't get Monk, but I did like the first season of it.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 05:34 pm
I recently watched a couple of episodes of My Name is Earl.

I think I could become addicted.

I'm not much for network television, but Earl could turn me around.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2006 06:03 pm
i tend to watch mostly PBS and TVO (a pbs like channel produced in the province of ontario)

apart from broacast news i rarely watch much network tv
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flushd
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jul, 2006 07:57 am
Uggh! That is one nasty line-up. Sickening. Notice how 'Rock Star' wasn't enough; it has to be 'Supernova'. Pathetic.

I do like that show So You Think You can Dance. To be fair, I only watched it once.

I'd like to see an actual, good dance show.

TV sucks, in general.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jul, 2006 09:07 am
I watch Food Network and sports, mostly. Get my news and weather from the Internet. I never watch movies on TV because of the commercials - Netflix rules.

TV shows I have enjoyed recently, especially in HD, are CSI Miami, 24, House, and Grey's Anatomy.

If you insist on watching reality television, do yourself a favor and check out "Surviving Nugent" and "Wanted: Ted or Alive" on VH1.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jul, 2006 09:36 am
That's why HBO was created many, many years ago to take up the gauntlet of producing quality television. I watch CSI but am beginning to get bored with it and don't like the commercial interruptions. The only sitcom that's really funny is "Two and a Half Men," probably because Charlie Sheen's real life is fukin' funny. The new Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine in "Seinfeld") sitcom has possibilities -- at least there are some good laughs.

I love "Rome, " "Deadwood," "Lucky Louie," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Sopranos," and bemoan the end of "Six Feet Under" on HBO. I also have the in INHD channels and they are playing classic movies in hi-def which is like seeing them for the first time because the print is pristine and the sound is superb. The HBO made-for-TV movies are also very good. I subscribe to NetFlix on-and-off again to rent some alternative, independent and foreign films for the most part. I wait for the standard Hollywood fare to show up on cable and rarely rent them if I haven't seen them in the theater. INHD is also rerunning the "Dead Like Me" series from Showtime which was unfortunately cancelled.

As far as the list, I'll admit to following "So You Think You Can Dance" because they do have some great dancers in the final weeks. I could care less about the try-outs as watching really bad dancers is even worse than listening to really bad singers on American Idol (only by a hair). The rest of the new reality shows are disposable.

I understand from media releases that "Deadwood" will only run three seasons but I guess that was inevitable 'cause eventually the town was reasonably cleaned up, the gold ran out and there wouldn't be any story or characters to further entice viewers.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jul, 2006 08:48 pm
I watch 2 1/2 Men. The exploits of the adults can be hilarious, but often the boy steals the show.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Sat 22 Jul, 2006 07:11 am
Angus T. Jones as Jake is a comic genius. Perfect timing and delivery of the great one-liners (even the fart jokes), and a hilarious foil for both Charlie Sheen and John Pryor.
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kelticwizard
 
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Reply Sat 22 Jul, 2006 08:52 pm
They come up with all these cheap-to-produce reality shows in the summer because the networks know they have a chance only against reruns. That's why so many reality shows disappear in the fall.

When it comes to TV drama, we are definitely in a Golden Age. Most every night, there is an hourlong drama worth watching. In addition to the aforementioned Medium, there are the three Law & Order series-now four, I believe. I'm not a big CSI fan but I do like CSI Miami-David Caruso is a genuine New Yorker. Then there's Without a Trace. Some dramas I only occasionally get to watch, like Closer To Home.

I don't watch comedy much. I'm like Eoe-for some reason the end of Frasier seemed to end the genre for me. Perhaps I should give some comedies more of a chance-but with all these good dramas around, there isn't that much time to spend.
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NWIslander
 
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Reply Thu 17 Aug, 2006 08:13 pm
I agree with Lightwizard. By subscribing to HBO and Netflix for movies, we practically never watch network TV, except for the news and shows such as 60 Minutes.

The HBO shows are so superior to anything found on regular TV that they boost TV watching to a whole new level. The shows I have particularly liked were Six Feet Under, which is brilliant, The Sopranos, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. I also enjoy Bill Maher for biting political commentary.

Regular TV seems to be designed for morons. For one thing, I can't stand to sit through the commercials, and then the shows are pretty terrible as well.
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Ray
 
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Reply Thu 24 Aug, 2006 04:36 pm
I don't like how the shows you listed thrive on insults. It's disgusting.

Sitcoms are always on reruns. I'm waiting for new seasons of Battlestar Galactica, and hopefully some good new shows.
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