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Bad TV Night

Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at 9:57 PM

Whatever happened to good television programming? I got home from a meeting tonight to find some creepy guy stalking a girl on "Criminal Minds" and a head-banging Rocker screaming on "American Idol." Oh, goody...

I called my sister in Springfield to commisserate with her about my two crummy channels, and she gave me the top 15 choices on the 50 channels she gets on cable:

1. CBS - "Criminal Minds"- "Team searches for Traveling Stalker."

2. FOX - "American Idol" - teenie bopper fare

3. ABC - "Super Nanny" - Idiocy

4. NBC - "Deal or No Deal" - More idiocy

5. Rerun of CSI Miami - violence, blood, guts and gore, set among the beautiful people in Paradise...

6. 1993 Thriller - "Striking Distance" - Police Cover Up - continued violence, crime, and crummy people.

7. Animal Planet - "Life in Cold Blood: Serpents" - Great bedtime fare..

8. Poker - We watch people sitting around, playing a card game with their fingers up their noses and aces up their sleeves...

9. "Top Chef" - Last time I looked in on this, they were cutting up raw chicken. Yum, yum! What entertainment!

10. Larry King Live - ACK!

11. Wednesday Night Fights - Obnoxious fat guys beating each other to a pulp!

12. "Monster" - speaks for itself!

13. "Children of the Grave".... Do we notice a theme here??

14. "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" - yeah, modern television is all about victims and all the details of what happens to them...

15. NBA Play Offs - Well, at last! Some good healthy entertainment, but if you aren't into sports....

Not a single cheery program among the lot - unless you count that nanny thing..

Why bother having the writers back, if we're still gonna be faced with stuff like this? If the TV networks are giving people what they want, then we've come to a sorry state of affairs in this nation.

Most of the time, I'd rather watch some of the commercials. They're better written than the programs. The Capital One writers should take over "Criminal Minds." Maybe we could get the Marauders back. I loved those guys - especially the one who swung from the Christmas garland!

Or those incredible dancing lizards on the "Life Water" commercial, dancing to "Thriller" - "Dancing with the Stars" could be "Dancing with the Lizards.."

Then there's the Jello commercial where the mannikans come to life, jump out of the clothing store window and dance! So well done!

Or the back-to-school commercial where those 3 cute little boys dance with their backpacks in the hall...

Mmmm...do I seem to be on a dancing kick? Anything to lighten things up out here on a dark night! Where's the Geiko gecko when ya need him??

Matt Dillon, where did you go??

Okay, some of the early "Gunsmoke" episodes were pretty grim, but as Marshall Dillon aged and got stronger, the episodes settled down into a comfortable rhythmn: Matt has to leave Dodge on some errand. Bad guys come into town and terrorize the inhabitants - particularly Miss Kitty. Festus rides out to find him. Matt returns and kicks butt!

Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! Peace, security, serenity.....We all go to bed happy!

Not all "progress" is progress...

I guess I need to pop an old movie in the VCR about 8 o'clock each night..."Casablanca"..."Pride and Prejudice"...

From the incredibly dark hills of Tillman, this is your increasingly obsolete rural journalist, Madeline, signing off.....

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I like the idea of the CSI writers taking over the script for Three & a Half Men - and vice versa! This is a really creative idea that gets into some clever writing and satire!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, May 7, 2008, at 10:28 PM

Ooops, did I put "Three & a half men"?? No, no! It's two - not three!

Anyway, I have to go to a graduation tonight, so I won't get to see the CSI episode, anyway!!!

Set my VCR up to record?? No, no - I don't know how to do that!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 8:21 AM

Well the writers were on strike for what seemed to be forever, came back and suck worse than ever. Now it is Season Finale time, Cold Case had its Finale this past Sunday, no cliffhanger, nothing to look forward to. The writers had their demands met ( I guess?) so now they need to deliver some good writing!

-- Posted by mizzou_mom on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 10:16 AM

Yeah, mizzou_mom - they got their demands met, now they need to meet OURS!!!! We want well developed plots, good characterization, clever dialog (that leaves out any of the "Survivor" shows) and thought provoking subject matter. Are we gonna get it? Rarely. It's ridiculous to have so many channels and not have anything good to watch. Alas.

I'll keep the old VCR and the new DVD warmed up and watch old favorites. I've just about got Pride and Prejudice memorized. Jane Austin in all her incarnations keeps me company on many nights.

Maybe we should start a Jane Austin Book Club? I recommend the movie.

-- Posted by mokath52 on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 12:55 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
You go, girl!

Hmmm! Well, maybe I'm not missing anything after all without a TV! We never had one, but if this is the kind of stuff you get? Good job, MD!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 3:28 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Wow, a computer, but no TV! Remarkable, swift! How do you keep up with your politics? (I've seen your comments on Corey's blogs...)

Sometimes I think I'd be better off w/0 TV... Oh, who am I kidding? I AM w/0 TV most of the time! I waste electricity by keeping it on but muted - just so I have the illusion of activity.

Miss Goat Lady, sometimes it seems like 3 1/2 men,,I get embarrassed a lot.

-- Posted by changedname on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 3:32 PM

Well...I don't know if anyone's interested in this show...but Grey's Anatomy returned on the 24th of April, which was a Thursday. It's on...hmmm...let me think...ABC I do believe. I personally LOVE that show. I own the 1st three seasons, and plan to buy the 4th if it will ever end so it can be placed on store shelves.

Another program I enjoyed was Army Wives. You could bet that every episode would be a tear-jerker. It is coming back...but I believe it's coming in the fall or winter...not sure.

I do agree though ladies...the writers did come back...but you can't really tell!

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 3:35 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Well, mrsd, you will probably get a response from my sister - mokathy52! She loves that program, so it must be good. Her standards are pretty high. (As evidenced by her love of Jane Austin fare.) Of course, I've never seen Grey's Anatomy, since I don't get ABC out here in the Tillman Boondocks... Just CBS and FOX.

Maybe things will change once I get my digital converter box! However, I feel like Eeyore - Most change is usually bad!

I agree, dexterite. 2M&aB is often way over the top! I like Charlie Sheen, but his character spends far too much time in BED, and the stuff they let his nephew see/hear/say/do is pretty unsettling! I think it's on at 8 p.m., so that's still early enough for kids to be up...

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 4:36 PM

mrsdolphin, Army wives will be on Lifetime this Sunday night. There's some good shows on Lifetime, some tear-jerkers sometimes.

2 1/2 men should come on about midnight..lol............

-- Posted by changedname on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 6:47 PM

I watch Grey's Anatomy too. Love it. When it gets too steamy I just cover my eyes. I like CSI and NCIS, oh and Dancing With the Stars, but other than that I find myself watching Animal Planet and HGTV or a dvd.

The writers need to be careful with strikes. What happens if we decide we don't miss them? Hahaha. A definite possibility.

-- Posted by Ducky on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 1:03 PM

MD, I listen to a lot of radio: Gospel on FM, talk radio on AM, and various programs on shortwave radio. Most of my news comes from radio. But we also buy several newspapers: Dexter Daily Statesman, Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic, North Stoddard Countian, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. I use the library computers at both Keller and Bloomfield libraries. Ourcampaigns.com is where I go a lot to blog and post comments. I don't even have time for TV! lol

-- Posted by swift on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 2:42 PM

I watch all of the CSI's, but Vegas is my favorite.

I also watch Lost on ABC when I can get it to come in with the rabbit ears.

And on Fox, Prison Break is all that we watch. I must say that we are ADDICTED to that show.

I'm kinda looking forward to the new CBS series coming in June, SwingTown. Wonder how good that's gonna be? I'll give it a shot anyway.

-- Posted by sc1120 on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 5:03 PM

I watched the first season of Prison Break, but - as good as it is - it's too intense for me. I get too unsettled watching it.

However, as my daughter says, that main character is HOT! What a GOOD actor! I remember him as a dead guy on Ghost Whisperer. That one was riveting, too.

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 9:29 PM

Once again, there is nothing good on tv. The best thing is a rerun of Raiders of the Lost Arc. I decided to see if my bloggin' buddies are on line. You guys are ever so much more entertaining than Indiana Jones for the 30th time.

Hey, MD, when are we going to hear the most recent exploits of Missouri Jones? How goes the kudzu hunt?

-- Posted by Ducky on Sat, May 10, 2008, at 8:31 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Mmm...I did say I would continue my forays into the kudzu fields once spring was here, didn't I?? I'll bet that evil vine has been spreading for some months now. I should get on my kudzu-fighting gear and get out into the jungles of Southeast Missouri again, shouldn't I?

Thanks for reminding me, Ducky dear.

I wonder if the ice storms had any sort of detrimental effect on that exotic plant species?? The flood waters may have actually turned the vine into a Godzilla-like creature!!

I have more thrilling choices in 2008 television entertainment to offer up tonight: 8 a.m. Saturday night (should be prime time), and I have to turn to CAR RACING on FOX to avoid "Criminal Minds" on KFVS.

Now there's my idea of a good time: Watching cars go 'round and 'round a track. Do you think the spectators watch to see a crash?

Oh, yes - and here comes "Inside Edition" - glorified gossip on public television.

Ah, Saturday Night, you're not what you used to be!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, May 10, 2008, at 9:10 PM

Sometimes I get 4 channels, but more times than not, I only get 2. Especially on a day like today when the wind was so strong that my poor antenna couldn't stay still. So I was stuck watching a golf tournament called "The Players" (I think). I'm not a fan myself.

Now, it's the season finale of Survivor...again, not a fan...AT ALL! Not sure what other choices I have though. I would love to watch Army Wives, but Lifetime isn't an option for me, and my VCR is broken, so I can't ask anyone to record it for me. The tapes would just be eaten. I don't think I know anyone with a DVR...so that's out of the question. Hope tomorrow has a better selection...though I doubt it will. I can't wait for my coupon to come for that miraculous little box!

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Sun, May 11, 2008, at 8:38 PM

I agree with that! I need to order my coupon. Where did you go on the internet to order yours?

Last night (Sunday) I got Channel 6 - NBC!!! I didn't realize it until Law and Order came on, and I thought, "Wait a minute! I've never seen THAT before!!"

Wow! Three channels! I'm still getting it this morning, but tonight it'll be the usual snowstorm, I'm sure.

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 6:56 AM

GL, I'm not for sure. Someone posted it as a reply to a comment on another thread. I'm not even sure which thread it was! I ordered mine a month ago, and have yet to receive it...starting to get impatient.

I'm still not for sure what's on tonight. Probably nothing worth tuning in to. My kids love "Wheel of Fortune." Which is on in an hour on channel 6...but we all just kind of fade away from the t.v. after that. Maybe the summer season on our antenna channels will prove more worthy...

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 5:25 PM

The "official" coupon website is,


Click on the large number 3 on the right hand side to immediately submit the coupon online.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 6:06 PM

Ok, so the new season of American Gladiators is on tonight. In fact, it's going off as I type. I'm a sucker for this show. I watched it when I was a kid, and though I don't get the same enjoyment out of it now, I still enjoyed it.

Yes, it's barbaric, and there isn't much sense in it other than rooting for someone you don't know...but I still like it. Hope everyone else found something to watch!

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:00 PM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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