Wednesday, January 10, 2007

We Interrupt This Broadcast...

I'm a creature of habit. I get my routine, I stick with it.

So I hate it when my set of TV shows are interrupted for an evening, regardless of the reason.

Tonight, Pres. Bush will have a speech scheduled to last a half-hour, beginning at 9 p.m. He is expected to announce sending more troops to Iraq.

Yes, this is an important subject that a lot of people have a vested interest in. But why not make the announcement on the various 24-hour news channels that dot the airwaves? If you don't have an interest in what the speech is, you're pretty much stuck.

Plus, the broadcast usually isn't limited to the speech. There's the opposition response, the post-speech analysis by the pundits, etc. I'll be very surprised if they keep it within the half-hour.

Anyway, just a rant. Enjoy the speech.

TONIGHT'S BEST BETS: Well, almost nothing. A lot of original episodes of normally scheduled programs, such as "Knights of Prosperity," for example, are postponed because of the Bush speech.

However, fortune has smiled on The TV Guy, because the normally scheduled new episode of "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 8 p.m.) is still likely to go, which is really all I cared about anyway.

Also, I should point out that somewhat misnamed A&E network will begin its broadcasts of "The Sopranos" reruns, beginning with the pilot tonight at 9 p.m.

Some would say that watching "The Sopranos" without the language, violence and nudity that the TV gods intended would be rather pointless; I'd be one of those people. However, if you don't get HBO and have never seen what will go down as one TV's all-time great dramas, this might be the way to go. Season 1 was highlighted by the late, great Nancy Marchand's stunning performance as Livia, Tony's rotten-to-the-core mother.


Zodin2008 said...

Thankfully Bush didn't mess with Texas...cheerleaders and football players and nother fantastic new episode of one of the 10 best shows on Television, "Friday Night Lights".

We skipped Bush and watched "Lights" and "Criminal Intent" on DVR. Good call.

That being said, I said what you said this morning about why not do the Bush speech on CNN, MSNBC and Fox, the 3 biggies in Cable news, but it was pointed out to me that it's probably not the worst thing in the world for every American (especially since there are so many million that are uneducated and not exposed to current events) to be forced into seeing some current events...whether you agree or disagree with the administration.

Since we read headlines and news stories all the time, I was already updated on Bush's P.O.V. about more troops and didn't need to be exposed to his speech.

Anonymous said...

Plus, what about those without cable. I have a friend who can only get three channels: ABC, NBC and CBS.

Phillip Ramati said...

Cable penetration is such these days that most people have it, and those that don't could still watch such speeches on things like PBS, which is, by definition, public broadcasting.

I guess the point I am making is that we don't need the same speech broadcast on four networks, plus a half-dozen cable outlets. It's terribly redundant.

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