I'll admit it; sometimes I'm slow when it comes to finding out about things. The Louisaina oil spill? Found out three days after it happened. Kate Goesslin? Didn't know about the woman until she was on People magazine the third or fourth time. It's not like I'm bragging about being ignorant, I'm usually busy writing and working and reading. Which is why I found out about my local PBS affilate stopped carrying EastEnders.
EastEnders is probably the only show besides Dancing With The Stars that I've watched on a regular basis. I started watching it four years ago and became hooked. Be it Kat Slater revealing to her sister Zoe that she was her mother, Dot Cotton marrying fellow pensioner Jim Branning in a touching ceremony, or suave as hell Steve Owen confronting his abusive mother, I loved the show. I learned to do a mean Peggy Mitchell impression with her catchphrase: "Get out of me pub! Go on! Get out!"
The show wasn't escapist; there were times I watched it and think "Dear God! Where's the comic relief?" Yet here's where I measure good writing: It keeps you wanting more.
I programmed my DVR to tape the show every week. I watched it over the weekend. However I wasn't too concerned; it was pledge time and I thought it was being prempted. Then I noticed wow, this is a long pledge break. I went to KTEH's website to figure out what was going on. There was an annoucement saying that EastEnders was being dropped because of low funds and "lack of interest."
After swearing up a storm, I calmed down, and noticed they had solutions. Ah, solutions! Let's hear about these solutions!
1. Watch it online on the BBC website.
That doesn't work. The BBC shows only work in the UK, not here.
2. Watch it on YouTube.
You can't watch full episodes of EE on YouTube. If someone tries, the BBC pulls it off. Trust me, I was lucky to see a single performance by June Brown as Dot that was simply amazing. When I went back to put it on my Facebook page, it had been pulled.
3. Read what happened on Wikipedia.
Granted, Wikipedia has an amazingly detailed history of the show.However, reading about something and seeing it is different. Say a kid misses the end of ET. Would you tell them "Sorry kid, them's the breaks." No, you want to find a way for the kid to see ET go towards the UFO, with everyone (including Red Room author Peter Coyote) in awe.
I know public television is going through a hard time financially. However, isn't there other shows to do away with? Do we really need to see another lecture about living your best life? Can't we live without seeing another Yanni concert?
Here's the deal, big shots at KTEH. All we want is to have EastEnders back. I'm willing to donate $25.00 in the next pledge drive, but you have to help. Get some EastEnders stars from across the pond over here. Show EE episodes/specials that have only been shown in the UK. You know this is a big mistake. You know you want to know if Lisa comes back for Baby Louise, if Kat and Alfie get together. Throw us a bone, KTEH. It's not over until Peggy Mitchell yells "Get out of my pub, you PBS people! Go on Git!"
If you want EastEnders back, let KTEH know. Email them at Programming@kteh.org or write them a letter at
1585 Schallenberger Road
San Jose, CA 95131-2434
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