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Reality shows on TV Land? It's a world gone mad!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 29th 2009 12:38PM
Reality shows on TVLandMy family often watches TV during the dinner hour. There, I've said it. I'm not proud of that fact, but there you have it. We also force the kids to take 2-hour nature walks with us every weekend, so maybe it all evens out in the end.

Our favorite channel during the dinner hour is TV Land. In our neck of the woods, Hogan's Heroes airs from 6 to 7 p.m., and The Andy Griffith Show from 7 to 8 p.m. We love both these shows, and the episodes always spark laughter and a few discussion topics. Like, how could Colonel Klink be such a dimwit, and why can't more people be like Andy Taylor?

But we might have to start watching the Discovery or History channels or - gasp! - turn the TV off altogether, because the commercials on TV Land are making us gag on our organic mac-and-cheese. I'm talking about the commercials for TV Land's reality shows, High School Reunion and The Cougar.

High School Reunion is about 15 classmates from Arizona's Chandler High School class of 1988, who reunite on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. According to the show's site, "old grudges will re-emerge, old flames will re-ignite, and one of these classmates will reveal the most shocking secret in High School Reunion history." You know what? We couldn't care less about these people. We don't even go to our own class reunions. Why would TV Land ever think we'd want to go to someone else's?

And we care even less about The Cougar, where "one sexy, single, sophisticated woman is set up with younger men who are all vying for her affection. Through a series of weekly challenges, the men must prove they have what it takes to satisfy a woman of a certain age and avoid the kiss of death: a kiss on the cheek. Watch as The Cougar narrows her choices from 20 to 10 to five, ultimately choosing one lucky man to be her soul mate." The show is hosted by celebrity cougar herself, Vivica A. Fox.

And "soul mate"? Please.

How could TV Land think that the people who watch their channel would be interested in this trash? What disturbance in the universe caused the powers-that-be to put these shows on THIS channel? We watch TV Land to see whether Aunt Bee makes a better pie than Clara, and whether Miss Hathaway can knock some sense into Mr. Drysdale. Not to see whether someone's been carrying around an ancient high school grudge for 20 years.

Please, TV Land. Ditch the reality TV shows and air My Favorite Martian instead.

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Some of you people really need to get a clue. TV Land isn't supposed to be some type of channel for kids, it's a channel for baby boomers.

The Internet is largely to blame for the downfall for TV Land, not reality shows. With so many other ways to spend their time online -- including watching free streaming episodes of more recent shows -- people just aren't as interested in watching 30 or 40-year-old year old television shows as they used to be.

TV Land is moving into reality shows because it's "branding" isn't specifically "where classic old TV shows never die" it's branding is "the network for baby boomers" and it gets more boomers to watch when its airing reality shows than it does when it's airing the 1034332th repeat of a specific The Andy Griffith Show episode.

Their branding is all about targeting a specific demographic -- just like CW targets Women 18-34, etc. -- and not about what kind of programming they're airing.

March 30 2009 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

TV Land is now run by the same sort of quick-profit, corporate bean-counters that ruined SciFi... sorry... Syfo...whatever. These people actually HATE the programming that their respective channels were founded upon. Why pay good money to secure the rights to, or develop quality programming when "reality" shows are dirt cheap and there's always enough inbreeds out there that'll watch them enough to secure a short-term profit by the end of the next fiscal quarter? Just as the higher GPA-earning members of their MBA classes have destroyed the economy, these dirtbags have destroyed network TV.

March 30 2009 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the problem is with the ads for these shows durinig family shows in family hours.

If they have an ad for cougar at 910pm during High school reuion then I don't think as many care.

I can't even let my 5 year old watch a disney movie on the disney channel cause it will air ads for shows geared for 12 aned 13 year olds... even the ones some parents let 8year olds watch.. make bad commercials.

March 30 2009 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ITA with you. TV Land has sold out. I'm extremely disappointed with their decision to add stupid reality shows.

March 30 2009 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bianca Reagan

But I like High School Reunion. Quel drama.

March 29 2009 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Television executives are the most arrogant, stubborn individuals on Earth. They're not so much trained to give the audience what it wants as to TELL the audience what it wants. If the ratings prove them wrong, they make some self-serving excuse and keep forcing the same programming down our throats until they get the results they want.

March 29 2009 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, I wholeheartedly agree! Why is there no music on my MTV, so little Sci Fi on my Sci Fi (excuse me SyFy -gag), and now so little classic TV on TVLand? For crying out loud whatever happened to branding!

March 29 2009 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As asinine as it is to expect all programming on a channel to conform to your expectations, I have a feeling that if you wait long enough someone is going to deliver what you're looking for. Probably over the Internet.

In the meantime, become familiar with the "mute" and "power" buttons on your remote.

March 29 2009 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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