20 November 2012
3.5 Timeouts Tuesdays
A&E. First and foremost, they need to change their name. The channel that once had Breakfast with the Arts, Great Books, Biography and other excellent shows now has Billy the Exterminator, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Storage Wars, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and Duck Dynasty. Arts and Entertainment my hindquarters.
TLC. Once my favourite channel, when it was The Learning Channel. They broadcast James Burke's The Day the Universe Changed, and Connections. They had Furniture to Go, Junkyard Wars and a bunch of other quirky and informative shows. Now it's The Life Channel, with What not to Wear, a plethora of bridal shows, and Cake Boss, one of those new foodertainment shows: a cooking show that teaches you nothing about cooking, but entertains you with how some idiot goes about preparing food.
History. Occasionally, it is good, but often it seems to have lost its way. Pawn Stars? American Pickers? Canadian Pickers? What's next- Nose Pickers? I admit a certain fondness for Ice Road Truckers, but that is not history. And don't get me started on Ancient Aliens. If history is about learning from the past, and seeing how it has affected our present and future, then this show is the opposite of history.
Your turn. Come up with one. ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, or something else.