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September 13th, 2006

(no subject) @ 07:58 pm


Day by Day wants you to remember to know your enemy.

And, Ferdy tells me that Katie the Chipmunk is going down in flames.....

And, with that, I bid you a good night.
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Date:September 14th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
I'm a throwback. I prefer newspapers, but then, according to an old U.S. News & World Report article, that's about par for the course for a "Thurston Howell III" political character type.

You must be saying 'eh?'

The article said that it was easier to track voting blocs by representing them with television characters. The characters were John Goodman in Rosanne (sorry, forgot the character's name), Thurston Howell III, Alex P. Keaton, and Frasier.

Network news, well, I don't follow that very much at all. To me, they tend to shine best when they lean heavily to the entertainment value, so I watch Dateline NBC, 20/20, PBS's Frontline, and so on. If I had cable, I'd still be watching the Daily Show. (First Jon Stewart basically took over for Dennis Leary, then he takes over Craig Kilborn in the Daily Show-- and that show has taken off ever since! Booyah!) Yeah, yeah, it's satirical and farcical, but it very often represents an Independent viewpoint fairly well.

Local news is another matter-- almost invariably, I've preferred the ABC affiliate. A talented anchor at the NBC affiliate jumped ship to the ABC affiliate office, which makes it even better.

Dial back to what I said earlier. Kate Couric is being judged for entertainment appeal, basically. The media has talked about her legs, about being airbrushed, walking the tightrope between perky and serious... it smacks of a little bit of misogyny in mainstream mass media.

At least it isn't Spanish TV with all their hoochie mamas. (That's not counting them continuing to pursue TV formats that were tossed years ago.)

Anyway, Couric's replacement at Today, Meredith Vieira, well, in my opinion, I think it's great that she finally ditched The View. I haven't watched recently-- only read-- but I've heard that it's turned into a joke. Who replaces Vieira? Rosie O' Donnell, who had been loved by straight and gay women alike on her talk show until she made a PR blunder by ducking the sexuality question until noisily coming out about it. C'mon, Rosie, you needed to take a page from Ellen DeGeneres. (Despite what many would think, Ellen said publicly that she didn't want to make a big deal about it-- and honestly, she didn't.)

As for Vieira having replaced Regis Philbin, well, the show was enjoyable with her, but it's a no-brainer. Meet Regis in person and you can see he already walks the walk-- no, runs the marathon-- of a hyper game show host. Why did Kathie Lee get dumped on Live? Well, besides maybe needing an image consultant (I don't mean clothes, silly, I mean *public* image-- the consultants need not do just clothes) with the Wal-Mart scandal and coming off obnoxious with her son, well, y'know, you just don't upstage Regis. Kelly Ripa seems to blend in a little better.

And where is Kathie Lee nowadays? The Insider. Go figure.
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Date:September 14th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Television is entertainment, pure and simple. Even the news, and, in many cases, ESPECIALLY the news. The network evening newscasts were important in a day when you got your morning news from one paper, the afternoon news from another paper, there was a half hour of local news at 6 and another half hour at bedtime (11 Eastern, 10 Central). Their current market is the people who grew up watching network news, the Polident-and-laxative crowd, and the shows are clearly driven toward them (lots of scary stories about the Republicans trying to take away Medicare and Social Security). In this day of 24/7/365 cable news and the Internet, through which you can read newspapers from around the world, the networks would find that spending the money they currently spend on their news departments on better programming and licensing the content from CNN, MSNBC (a no-brainer for NBC) or Fox would be a much better investment. Either that, or hire some of the hot babes from the telenovelas to read the news.

I have always found the network news magazines (e.g. "20/20", "Dateline NBC") and morning shows (e.g. "Today") boring and annoying. Occasionally, you'll find something interesting, but that's a rarity, and becoming rarer. I'd rather watch Telemundo or Univision. I have no idea what they're saying, but they sure look good saying it. If I recall, one of the networks is going to attempt an adaptation of one of the telenovelas this season.

You can argue that the days of the game shows and soap operas is long past, but Spanish language television seems to do a pretty good job with it.

Oh, well, different strokes. It was Dan Conner, by the way.
Date:September 17th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
If I recall, one of the networks is going to attempt an adaptation of one of the telenovelas this season.

That would be "Ugly Betty", on ABC.

Either that, or hire some of the hot babes from the telenovelas to read the news.

Oh, the Spanish TV news readers are almost as sexy. Spanish TV is everything all the 'brown and proud' seem to want to ignore- many, many actors and stars are very European, very light haired, and very light skinned. There is lots of eye candy, but to be honest, TV news would not even remotely be taken seriously if hoochie mamas were reading it.

You might as well give up and watch Naked News on the Internet.

I've watched Univisión, mun2 (mundos), HTV, and quite a bit of Latin TV programming. I follow most of what they are saying. I'm not referring to just game shows and soap operas, I'm referring to throwbacks to vaudvillian premises-- variety shows, slapstick, grown adults dressing up and acting the part of kids, commercial promotions during television shows, where the audience all sings the jingle, and the hosts pitch the products, etc., etc., etc. Formats that were abandoned 30-50 years ago.

Did you ever catch "Llevátelo"? It means 'wear it'. Last time we did anything remotely like this was Double Dare on Nickelodeon.

The television shows, and all of the commercials, are soaked with female sexuality. I have a hard time looking at a product to teach Spanish-speaking children how to read Disney books in English when someone trying to be Miss Julie on Romper Room or something pitching the product looks more like a prostitute on the playground trying to turn tricks with 10-year old boys, or lecherous old men.

The hoochie mamas dancing on all the game and variety shows aren't much better, either.

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