Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Rehashing the old into something new

It is done all the time. TV shows will run a clip show and pass it off to the unsuspecting viewers as an entirely new episode when, in reality, it is a mish-mash of stuff you more than likely have already seen at least once. It happens more than we would care to believe in today's world of high paid stars who don't like to work much. I can glance at a TV schedule and notice the numerous ways that shows are stretched to seem like they actually last more than a mere 18-24 weeks.

Take, for instance, the CBS TV show 'Yes, Dear' which made its first appearance of the '04-'05 season only last week. It replaced the John Goodman project (which I suspect was probably cancelled) entitled 'Center of the Universe'. When a tried and true show like 'Yes, Dear' makes its seasonal run non-stop with new shows from start to finish, viewers feel fulfilled. They feel like they have been given much more product than they actually received. Much like '24' on FOX is being billed. The NON-STOP SEASON OF 24 CONTINUES. It only continues non-stop due to the fact that it didn't premiere until mid-January. Still, though, six months of non-stop programming is more than commendable in this age of short attention spans.

By no means am I condoning this practice. Frankly, it pisses me off. I remember back not too far when, plain and simple, a season started in mid-September and ran until mid-May with a handful of repeats thrown in around Christmas. Reruns were used in the summer. Summer was also the time to launch new shows. That is how 'Senifeld' got its humble beginnings.

I think that the visionaries who began network television in the 1940s and 1950s would be apalled at what has become of their hard work. A flood of repeats, an endless flow of reality programming and a barage of cable channels airing reruns and reality fare no network would touch with a severed hand. The bile we are given to view on a daily basis makes me sick. I remember not too many years ago when VH-1 (MTV's ugly stepsister) aired videos. Now they only seem to air reminiscing-type shows about the music they once played. MTV is even worse with their endless marathons of 'Road Rules', 'Real World', 'Ashlee Simpson', 'Newlyweds', 'Ashlee Marries the Newlyweds' and 'Real World Whores Out Road Rules for a Cheeseburger'. I can't wait to see the last two...

On second thought, maybe I'll just unplug my cable and watch only DVDs of movies and of the well-written shows such as 'Southpark'.

Oh, well. Off to watch whatever it is that 9 PM has brought me.

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