Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Why No Baby-Boomer TV Shows on Cable!?

With 500 channels, how come I don't see very many old TV shows on cable? Even the so-called 'TV Land' channel offers only a handful of old programs. Seems like they used to have stuff like 'Leave it to Beaver', 'The Munsters' and 'Brady Bunch'. Now it's mostly 'newer' shows like 'Home Improvement' and 'Roseanne'. At least they still show 'Bonanza' and 'Andy Griffith' but that's about it.

And the 'SyFy' channel, which in my opinion should be airing classics like 'The Invaders', 'Outer Limits' and the Irwin Allen shows, doesn't seem to be showing anything old.

Cable is inundated with crappy reality shows about phony ghost hunters, pawn shop owners and prefab celebrities. I know someone who worked on one of these 'reality' shows, and I know for a fact that they are totally fake. Most everything is manufactured. And besides, a half-hour show gives you about 10 minutes of material because they show the same clips at least three times each episodes.

You'd think that with all of the programming they need to fill, a rerun of 'Hawaii Five-0' or 'That Girl' would attract SOME viewers. And are they really all that expensive?

I'm not sure if it's due to online streaming that allows Netflix and Hulu folks to show a lot of old TV, or the fact that the 'owners' of the shows want to sell DVDs. But like most baby-boomers, I haven't got around to hooking up my TV to the internet and I have no interest in watching TV on my computer. And I'm not going to buy the DVD of 'Adam 12' even though I would love to watch it.

As someone who LOVES to watch TV, I'm truly shocked at the fact that the thing I think of as 'Television', i.e., dramas and comedies, is pretty much absent from the huge selection of cable channels out there.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Hard Candy

Caught this really cool movie on cable called Hard Candy with Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. So rare these days to see a smart intense and grown-up thriller. And especially one where the plot is more-or-less believable with a satisfying pay-off.

I see the director, David Slade, also directed another cool film 30 Days of Night, an underrated horror flick.

But then I see he also directed one of these dumb Twilight movies...oh well. I guess what John Lennon said is true: To become a success in show biz, you have to humiliate yourself and become the thing you hated in the first place.