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Netflix Doesn’t Have Western TV Shows

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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I’ve yet to get Netflix, as well there are other options out there to view shows or TV. However, one thing I was suprised by was the fact they carry no western TV shows. Classic shows like Bonanza, Gunsmoke and many more older westerns (what made up a lot of early Television programs) are not available on Netflix. Hard to believe, but I guess they can’t carry everything.

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.

The TV Guide Channel

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
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Has anyone else noticed over the years that the TV Guide Channel has less and less bars of information? I remember years ago they used to have like 5 bars of information and used to only show like Movie trailers and maybe showcase a few TV programs with perhaps a few ads. Now days they have their own programming in a much bigger area and put 2 bars at the bottom, hoping you pay more attention to their shows and miss what is scrolling up, so you have to wait a few minutes to see it go around again. Also why don’t they put up a current weather and forecast bar? Seems the Weather Channel likes to make you wait slightly by showing you showing you small bits in timed tabs.


Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
Posted in Television

I was recently reminded of an old TV show called Sliders awhile back. I remember seeing a few episodes when it first aired and then I figured it was canceled. A few years after that I saw an episode on TV once again and was surprised it was still around. (Reminds me how the TV show Viper had the same thing happen to it). I also remember the original intro mentioning the year 1995, but I think they removed it for syndication.

I watched a few episodes of the first season and I could see why it was canceled. It’s not as cheesy as The Misfits of Science, but it lacks in many ways. For example, in one episode Rembrandt is tied up but all someone does is remove the bandanna around his mouth and he gets up from the chair with no problem. In another episode Quinn is in handcuffs yet still is able to check his fly and moves his hand to keep the door open for others. One episode has the Professor laughing about his performance to throw an political debate, yet people in the audience could have turned around to see him offstage rejoicing.

Sliders show brings up lots of interesting ideas, but many scenes seem rushed with no time for introspection (the character’s thoughts never really sink in what’s really going on). I suppose that is the cost of trying to make the show more action/adventure based than drama. One can easily forgive bad CGI effects, and the stage setup mistakes, but the show could of went deeper into the issues the episodes brought up.

Remember How Television Used to Be?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
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Remember when TV…

  • Used to not have their logo in the bottom right corner.
  • Used to not have animated promos for other shows at the bottom.
  • Used to not have text promos for other shows they offer.
  • Used to not have text information about the program you are watching.
  • Used to actually let the credits roll at normal speed and full screen.
  • Used to not interrupt shows for a high speed chase.
  • Used to not throw the weather radar on top of the show you are watching during storms. (It may be necessary for a flood, tornado, hurricane, fire watch/warning, but its unnecessary for a thunderstorm).
  • Used to have commercial breaks no more than 3 minutes.
  • Used to not have so many promos for other shows they offer during commercial breaks.
  • Used to use segways before, after and during commercial breaks.

It makes me wonder what else they will change or add in the future. I’ve already seen animated sponsors during a TV show in the bottom left corner before. I think eventually they will cut the intros short on TV shows or make limits to how long they can be. They already have programs that minimize the amount of silence in video by cutting out parts of the video to squeeze more time in. I think I’ve seen shows do that, because it seems that someone is always talking with no time to breathe. The bottom right logos might have been started to let people know what station they were on, but I think most people can care less. Or perhaps they were worried about people with VCRs recording their TV shows several years ago, but to me its just an annoyance.

My So Called Life DVD sets

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
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Back in late October the My So Called Life DVD set was finally re-released. The old set was pretty hard to find and was sold on eBay for around $100 before this new release. The old set offered no bonus features, unless you got the Limited Edition that came with a lunchbox and bonus disc. I’m not sure what was included on that bonus disk.

My So Called Life Limited Edition

The new DVD sets look much more polished and have a little booklet that comes with the set that goes over different things from the movie. Some of the bonus features include, interviews with the actors, writers and other staff behind the show, audio commentary that plays while the episode is showing, and dialogues between the writer Winnie Holzman and actress Claire Danes. All the cast is interviewed except Jared Leto. Some of the interesting tidbits are about what they had planned for the show if it had not been cancelled (I won’t ruin it for you here though). 😉 The old DVD set did not have any promotional ads for other DVDs, while the new set has some, but only on disc 1.

My So Called Life DVD Box

Main Screen Comparisons
The old set is on the left.
My So Called Life OLD DVD Main Screen My So Called Life DVD Main Screen

Setup Screen Comparisons
The old set is on the left.
My So Called Life OLD DVD Setup Screen My So Called Life DVD Setup Screen

Episodes Screen
Only the new DVD set has the episodes on a separate screen.
My So Called Life DVD Episodes Screen

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.