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History Channel and White Trash Redneck Stereotypes

Friday, October 12th, 2012
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I’ve written before, about how the History channel is no longer about history or science. I even wrote them an email once. But it seems, A&E Television Networks is intent on catering to a wider audience and ignoring the niche audience their channels were to provide.

I realize reality TV shows are cheap to make and quite popular to watch. They often create some drama that more people can relate to, such bickering between family, friends and other people in general. Who can really relate to murders and drug busts in other TV shows? Probably very few. The History channel does seem to produce shows to various aspects and cultural distinctions of America, but it’s not called the Americana network. And it’s not called the Mythology or Conspiracy station either, so shows like UFO Hunters, MonsterQuest or Ancient Aliens are really poor to broadcast. And now they have a H2 channel and it doesn’t focus on history any better. Big Shrimpin’, Ax Men and Swamp People, how are they history?

A&E seems to have become a station about reality TV shows as well. In the past their niche seemed to be based on crime stories. But now they have the shows Deadliest Catch, American Hoggers and Duck Dynasty. I’m not sure I understand the fascination with white trash redneck backwoods stereotypes. Sure it can be kind of funny sometimes, but in the end they are just regular people like everyone else. It really doesn’t matter if someone lives in a double-wide trailer or the ghetto. Or if someone has a twang to their voice or speaks ebonics. It’s odd to think the middle class has broken this far apart. I really hope the trend of reality TV shows ends. Perhaps they will run out of interesting little cultural aspects or unique jobs to base a show around. But I believe this television format is bound to be around forever.

History Channel Email Response

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
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I recently sent the History Channel an email about my complaints of shows like Ice Road Truckers and Human Weapon and I got a response the next day.

Dear ___,

Thank you for your comments concerning programming on The History Channel.

With over 91 million domestic subscribers, we realize that not all programs will appeal to all viewers. However, this does not keep us from striving to provide the most diverse spectrum of programming possible.

In this spirit, if a program or series has failed to appeal, we hope that you have enjoyed –and will enjoy– other 2007 premieres, such as JONESTOWN: PARADISE LOST, FORT KNOX SECRETS REVEALED, SAVE OUR HISTORY: THE SEARCH FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON, THE DARK AGES, USS CONSTELLATION: BATTLING FOR FREEDOM, FULL METAL CORSET, A DISTANT SHORE: AFRICAN AMERICANS OF D-DAY, NIXON: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED, LAST STAND OF THE 300, and new episodes of the series DOGFIGHTS and ANCIENT DISCOVERIES, to cite a few.

It is important to us to receive feedback from our viewers, and we deeply appreciate your taking the time to contact us.

Viewer Relations

The History Channel is Going Down The Toilet

Friday, June 22nd, 2007
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I really don’t know what the History Channel was thinking with their latest show Ice Road Truckers. What does it have to do with History? I guess they got the idea from The Deadliest Catch. There really isn’t much drama with a show like this, so the Reality Show probably won’t get watched much. These kind of tactics are what ended up making the Discovery Channel suck. Like I’ve said before, history is not boring to people that like history. So why do they want to abandon their audience? For a bigger more mainstream audience that isn’t into history. The History Channel was the one of the last stations not to get a reality show, but they finally caved in. They really have had some good programming, but I’m sure who ever is in charge now is going take it down the crapper. 😐

I’m glad the Internet is going to kill TV, they are going to have to deal with people watching what shows are they see as the best and when they want.

Band of Brothers on the History Channel

Monday, May 28th, 2007
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Granted it was Memorial Day, it seems the History Channel airs Band of Brothers every month. While its a great mini-series (I have the DVD set), I am kinda tired of them showing it ever chance they get. I wrote about the Discovery Channel becoming crap before and it really makes me wonder if more and more the History Channel will follow. As each Television station tries to become more mainstream and gain a bigger audience they ignore their niche. MTV lost their niche long ago, and it seems VH1 (who was supposed to be what MTV was) is doing the same thing MTV has been doing for years. They want to make History less boring, but to their core audience, history is not boring.

And I guess I’ll go off on a tangent here, but has anyone else noticed that the TV Guide channel is now down to 2 bars for thier TV schedule and that it goes so slow. In the past it used to be like 4 or 5 lines of information. And it seems that the Weather Channel doesnt bring you Weather on the 8’s every 10 minutes but when they feel like it.

And is it me or are there like 10 Judge shows on TV now days? Judge Lopez, Peoples Court, Judge Matthis, Judge Joe Brown, Texas Justice, Judge Alex, Judge Joe Lane, Divorce Court and so on.