How surprised would you be if:
•Most of the people on the day in court TV shows were not obese and clueless
•Television news shows did away with eye-popping graphics and ear-popping audio effects
•One of the Real Orange County housewives while walking around her turquoise pool at
dusk recites a bit of A.E. Houseman:
Into my heart on air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.
and over brunch she asks her cohorts if anyone has seen “The History Boys.”
Can you tell that I’ve been watching too much television? It all began so benignly and with such good intentions. I ordered the upper middle level of the bronze cable package so I could watch the final season of The Wire on HBO. The digital channel line-up included a dozen sports channels and the usual mix of Sc-Fi, cartoon, retro-TV, and at least three channels that broadcast reruns of Law & Order: Bravo, USA, and TNT. Bravo’s line-up is otherwise filled with carefully edited contests for fashion designers, chefs, fashion models, and the semi-documentary Real Housewives of Orange County, which is in constant rerun, and this month they are adding a new opportunity to gawk and make fun of more upper-middle-class housewives: Real Housewives of New York City.
There are always three questions about such programs:
1. Who watches this crap?
2. Who thinks viewers want to watch this crap?
3. Why would anyone want to be on this show and expose themselves to so much ridicule?
1.) Lots and lots of people love to watch people make fools of themselves
2.) Marketing whiz-kids know what Americans like to watch
3.) Like the drunk girls showing their boobs and booties on Girls Gone Wild, lots of people confuse being on television with being important
You don’t watch any of this stuff, do you?
I going to quit today, now that the final season of The Wire is over, I’ll call the cable company, have them switch it all off. The Wire, by the way, is the best drama series on TV and almost worth the hundreds of hours I wasted watching crap.
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