Monday, July 25, 2011

The Horrors of Television Programming

Like everyone else (I presume) when watching our favorite TV shows, we often have the dilemma of trying to decide which show to watch that is airing on the same night at the same time (or sometimes, more than two shows) as another show we want to see.

I don't understand why networks do this. Why put on an obviously popular show opposite another one that gets big ratings? Wouldn't it make more sense to to air a popular show the same time another program on another station that isn't so popular, and therefore, make sure your show gets more viewers?

(Of course, the down-side to this for viewers is that a show they might like that doesn't get big ratings might be cancelled because of even lower ratings. This happens to me all the time, it seems.)

But maybe now that almost everyone has either a DVR or has a cable system's OnDemand, I suppose networks figure that eventually their shows will be seen.

I don't have a DVR, but I do get Comcast's OnDemand, so I can still watch shows I would otherwise miss. But it's still aggravating that so many shows (that I watch) seem to air at the same time, on the same night.

And to show you what I mean, below are the programs I watch during the week. (And when the Fall shows start up, I may post that list as well.)

Sunday -
8 pm --
9 pm --
10 pm --
"The Glades" A&E
"The Protector" Lifetime
"Falling Skies" ** TNT
"In Plain Sight" USA

Monday -
8 pm -- "Eureka" Syfy
9 pm --
"Switched at Birth" * ABC Family
"Warehouse 13" Syfy
"The Closer" TNT
10 pm --
"Alphas" Syfy
"Rizzoli & Isles" TNT

Tuesday -
8 pm --
9 pm -- "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" * ABC Family
10 pm --
"Combat Hospital" ABC
"Hawthorne" ** TNT
"Covert Affairs" USA

Wednesday -
8 pm --
9 pm -- "Royal Pains" USA
10 pm --

Thursday -
8 pm --
9 pm -- "Burn Notice" USA
10 pm -- "Rookie Blue" ABC

Friday -
8 pm -- "Flashpoint" CBS
9 pm --
10 pm --
"Haven" Syfy

Saturday -
8 pm --
9 pm --
10 pm --

The two shows on ABC Family with the asterisks ( * ) are shows that aren't offered On Demand so I have to watch them when they air.

And the ones with the double asterisks ( ** ) are the ones I watch at the time they are on.

So, as is pretty obvious, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday programming can certainly be improved.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's a GUY Thing

There seem to be more and more female TV reporters and news anchors. And they seem to be getting younger and prettier all the time. Which is fine with me. Nothing I like better than looking at attractive women.

But the irritating thing is that whenever they are on air, the lower quarter to third of the screen always has the reporter's name and station ID, or their location, or some other something that makes it impossible to look at their breasts!

Now, I don't know if this is done on purpose because whoever is in charge thinks it makes these women look more professional if their breasts can't be seen, or if the cameraman/woman doesn't realize the bottom of the screen will be covered when focusing on the the top third of the reporter.

But it's aggravating as hell! If a woman is on the screen, I want to look at their breasts, regardless of the size - small, medium, large, extra large. I want to see them (of course, if they were bared, all the better, but I know that will never happen).

And I have a feeling I'm not the only guy who thinks this (and maybe even the Lesbians do too).

And if this makes me sound sexist - too bad. It's a GUY thing.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

2011 Emmy Awards

Just short and not-so-sweet----

The Emmy nominations are out, and although I never watch (mainly because 99% of the shows I like and watch are never nominated - Lauren Graham and "Gilmore Girls" as perfect examples), I think that shows on the pay channels (HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc) should NOT be nominated because not everyone (including me) can afford to subscribe to them, and therefore aren't able to watch the shows.

That's all.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Casey Anthony "not guilty" is NOT "Innocent!"

I guess I might as well weigh in on the Casey Anthony trial results.

And like so many others, I was surprised that she wasn't found guilty of killing her daughter Caylee. But I have to admit I didn't follow the trial on a daily basis. What I know is only what I'd heard on the nightly news and read in the newspaper.

I suppose if I had heard all the evidence (and "non-evidence"), I might have have agreed with the the jury. But I didn't. I only heard bits and pieces about the (maybe) smell of human decomposition in the trunk of Casey's car, the duct tape, the chloroform search by Casey's mother, the supposed child abuse perpetrated on Casey by her father, the partying Casey did the month Caylee was missing, etc.

And I saw the videos of Casey playing with Caylee.

I wasn't in the jury room, so I don't know what was in the jury's mind, but apparently, there WAS reasonable doubt as to Casey's guilt because there was NO hard evidence proving Casey did it. Everything was circumstantial -- damning and (almost) convincing, but circumstantial nevertheless.

I watched Casey as the verdict was read, and I kept wondering (and still do), was she thinking, "Thank god! I've been exonerated!" Or was she thinking, "I did it! I got away with murder!"

Only Casey knows the truth, and I suspect she will take it to her grave. (Unless, of course, Caylee DID drown and the grandparents knew about it as the defense claimed.)

But regardless, that little girl died somehow, and I would hope that the investigation into her death will continue.

Once she is set free, Casey will really have to be careful where she goes (if she even dares to go out in public at all) and who she's seen with (anyone with her will be some kind of target!).

And there is the question -- will she eventually write a tell-all book, and make the talk-show circuit? And WHO will get that first interview? (Anyone putting money on Oprah?)

So, all that being said, I think Casey did it. But there just wasn't enough evidence to prove it.

Oh yeah, now there is the race for the first made-for-TV movie about the trial - who will play Casey, and which network will get there first?