My fellow blogette Thypolarlife recently posted about the various television trends that she’s observed over the years; more specifically, her rant was about the different phases that TV networks have gone through – like the one where they all aired pointless reality shows and almost everyone bought into them. You can check out her post here.
After reading her rant, I immediately piped in to voice my opinion relative to networks that insist on producing the same show multiple times. Like the one show wasn’t enough – now my options are limited to watching spin-offs of the same show on multiple networks. For some reason the networks think that we’re oblivious to the fact that all they do is append a different city name to their ‘new’ show titles. So much for creativity. Here are some examples:
CBS: CSI Las Vegas, New York, Miami
Las Vegas was the ‘original’ CSI and by far, the best of the three. I don’t care for New York because I think the actors are stiffs with no personality. As for Miami well, I loathe David Caruso with every fiber of my being. In my opinion, he is the worse actor to hit television since Keifer Sutherland. I sense that fans of 24 are going to crap on me for that one.
CBS: NCIS, Los Angeles
I don’t get it. Why the hell would I want to watch a show about Naval and Marine crimes? Are the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps rampant with crime in real life? DO they actually have a unit dedicated to this type of crime? In my opinion NCIS is a cheap knock-off of the fabulous Criminal Minds. Crappy show, crappy actors. There is no need for one show, much less two.
NBC ditched CI because nothing was happening besides Vincent D’Onofrio’s rapid bodily expansion. L&O was taken off the air recently to make room for LA – another show with lousy actors. Like that bald guy with the mustache. Are the producers of this show aware that we’re not in the 80s anymore?
All of this got me to thinking: have television networks become void of creativity? Have they lost their ability to create shows that can captivate an audience and make us use our brains? Or, have they simply grown lazy? Personally, I find no appeal in shows like ABC’s The Bachelor, The Bachelorette,The Bachelor Pad and Dating in the Dark. OK, I get it – everyone at ABC is single. What about shows like MTV’s The Real World and The Jersey Whores? Err, I mean The Jersey Shore…These shows have no substance or merit, and could not be further from reality. But, I suppose viewers enjoy staring at Mike ‘The Situation’s’ abs for an hour while drooling in their teacups because they don’t need to think about what they’re watching.
That said, could the issue be that we, as an audience, have become too lazy to think? Are we looking for mindless television that simply provides us with an escape from the humdrum of everyday life? And if this is the reason, then are the networks not catering to our need for crap television?
I don’t watch much television; the only show that I watched regularly was LOST. I refused to make any plans that meant I would miss an episode and my friends were instructed never to call me when LOST was on 😀 I liked that this show made me think – for six years, I tried the solve the mystery of that damn island. I tried to make sense of various shifts in time involving flash forwards/backwards/sideways/up/ down/diagonal. Every time I thought I had it, the producers threw me for another loop. I had numerous conversations about LOST with various friends who were as hooked on the show as I was. They mainly liked the fact that it was a ‘thinking’ show. They enjoyed having their brains challenged and trying to figure out what the big mystery was. I’d like to see more of this type of show over shows like The Bachelor or Big Brother.
What do you think? What do you like to watch and why?