The Five: TV on Saturday nights -- a differing opinion
Recently Keith McDuffee posted an item about the lack of any original programming on Saturday nights. He mentioned that today's technology allows viewers to now go out and enjoy themselves and not miss any of their favorite programs, which couldn't be done in the days of The Bob Newhart Show, Gunsmoke and The Hollywood Palace. Hence, the concept of new network shows shouldn't be frowned upon. Like Keith, I too believe that there should be original programming on the last night of the week.
On the other hand . . .
There are some merits to this lack of original product. Playing devil's advocate, I present five of the reasons that a schedule full of repeats isn't such a bad idea.
You can catch up on all of the shows you recorded during the week: As Keith said, the technology is now there to record our favorite shows so we don't miss them. And, it's a blessing and a curse all in one. Especially if you have a TiVo or cable-provided DVR to record multiple shows at the same time. With this season perhaps being one of the best in a long time, there are many shows that are not being watched live. So, Saturday night is a good time to sit down and clear the queue of shows just waiting to be viewed.
You can spend some quality time with your family: Remember those people who live with you? They're not your roommates. They're actually your family, and in these hectic days it's getting harder and harder to find more time to spend with them. Saturday night is a good time to sit down with the family and see how they are all doing. Heck, you may even find out that little Susie graduated high school and is now a freshman at Yale. Question now is: how are you going to pay for Yale?
There's plenty of stuff to watch on cable: Cable networks have now taken the lead in producing new material for Saturday broadcast. Granted, most of it is reality-based, but it's still new. Take TLC, for example. They broadcast new episodes of Property Ladder and Flip This House on Saturday nights. On October 7th they'll begin new episodes of Little People, Big World. This is also the night that HBO premieres a new movie. Then there are networks like TV Land who don't show new material but sometimes provide marathons of their shows which are very popular to the viewing public. A few months ago they aired a marathon of Benson episodes that actually garnered a fair amount of good response.
You're tired: Face it, Saturday is a catch up day for most of the population. After working a 40 (or more) hour week, Saturday is the time to run all of your errands, take care of the house, and do something with the family. By the time you come home and sit down you body and brain are shot. While Sunday is known as the day of rest (and football, for many), Saturday night is the time to recharge your batteries. So, do you really need to worry about recording or watching new programming when your brain is pretty much pudding by that time?
You can catch up on writing your TV Squad posts: For instance, you can write a post on how Saturday nights without original programming isn't such a bad idea. Hmm . . . is that irony? I'm not too sure, but I have plenty of time to look it up. Why? Because it's Saturday and there's nothing on.