More TV Crap
Netflix joined the Emmy party with 14 nominations, including nine for House of Cards. I’m not as surprised by the caliber of Netflix’s new series as I am by the variety. Cards is the type of quality drama that the traditional networks would love to do, but don’t. Hemlock Grove is the type of series that SyFy would love to do, but doesn’t. Orange Is the New Black is the type of “dramedy” that Lifetime would love to do if Lifetime wasn’t, well, Lifetime.
Disturbing Trend 1:
The endless dragging out of opening credits on TV shows is a distracting, annoying new practice. I began watching The Bridge at 9 p.m. At 9:15, the opening credits finally ended. Why not just run credits throughout the entire show?
Disturbing Trend 2:
TV-show creators are devious. If they have a new series that potentially skews female, like Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black (top), or BBC America’s Orphan Black (below), they lure in male viewers by displaying lots of female flesh in the opening episodes. But once the Neanderthalian male is hooked on the story, the nudity stops – at least from the star actress.
Now that Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman are in the rearview mirror, what will we armchair jurists do for entertainment? More important, what will HLN do for ratings?
Some people wouldn’t let anything interfere with Wednesday’s premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo:
Hats off to Rae Dawn Chong! At last, a celebrity who sees the Queen of Smarm, Oprah Winfrey, the same way that I do. These Chong quotes from a recent radio interview are a bit out of context, just because it’s more fun this way:
“She’s [Oprah’s] a great brown-noser. If you were in a room with her, she will pick the most powerful person and she’ll become best friends with them.”
“She was that fat chick in school that did everything and everybody loved her.”
“You’ve got to respect her no matter how vile she is, ultimately because she’s all about Oprah and she’s boring.”
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