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All Michael P. wants for Festivus

by Michael Pascua, posted Dec 10th 2009 4:33PM
My favorite reality tv host, The Amazing Race's Phil.I could have sworn that I was trying to find a Halloween costume yesterday, but while I was digging I should have found my aluminum pole instead. It's Festivus again and I'm letting my wishes commence.

I know my tastes skew towards reality TV, but I've gotten some obscure wishes this year on how to improve my television experience.

  • No more football overrunning The Amazing Race. If we know that an NFL game is stretched into three hours, why can't they start a half hour early and if they end on time have 30 minutes of post-show analysis and interviews? They could even dedicate 30 minutes to pre-game analysis. If you're investing three hours, you are willing to invest four.
  • Hulu to survive with its current model. I was thankful for Hulu this Thanksgiving, but I keep reading about having to pay for subscriptions. I'm poor, please don't take this away from me. At this point, I'm up for a bargain. I'll read magazines on whatever service Hulu creates, as long as it keeps the classic model. Hell, I'll only watch music videos on Vevo to prove that the concept works.
  • A "Real" season of The Real World. I miss classic seasons of The Real World and Brooklyn made a return to that. The people were good looking but not obsessed with sex, they didn't drink as heavily, they didn't have a silly group job, and they actually dealt with real issues (transgenders, war in Iraq, abusive parents). I couldn't stand Cancun and saw a preview for D.C. and it consisted of drinking and making out on the pool table. If I wanted soft-core porn, I'd watch Showtime. The Real World was about group dynamics and learning from other people's experiences, not about which of the contestants will be on the Challenges in a year.
  • Bravo to realize that they should stop doing knock-off Project Runway shows. There is only one Project Runway. Both Sheer Genius and Make me a Supermodel were decent shows, just put them back on if they want a reality show involving fashion.
  • A Twilight Zone marathon that doesn't advertise Ghost Hunters every commercial. Every New Year's day, I get comfy on my couch and watch SyFy. Last year I was bombarded with commercials for Ghost Hunters every commercial break. I get it SyFy, you have a ghost show. I'm too exhausted to change the channel. I don't care if I have to marathon commercials for Bumpits, the Shamwow, and the Snuggie for dogs, no more Ghost Hunters commercials.
  • Disney to take over Friday nights on ABC. This one is a big pipe dream, but Supernanny can become a midseason replacement when shows fail and Ugly Betty is moving into Eastwick's spot, so there are two hours cleared for something more interesting. I propose giving Disney two hours that harked back to TGIF. We start the first 30 minutes with a variation of The Wonderful World of Disney where there are classic cartoons, pimping of Disney's current catch of the day, and a newly created cartoon short. The next 30 minutes would be the return the Mickey Mouse Club, which would be more well written like classic All That or Saturday Night Live. We follow that with an Asian family comedy led by Brenda song, and close with another family sitcom.

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Moving to TAR to what night? TAR's ratings have gone back up since they moved to Sunday's; especailly when football goes into Overtime. So what Night should TAR move to? Monday.. it will be up against Dancing with the Stars or the Bachelor.... Tuesday and Wed it will be up against American Idol.... Thursday is full... Friday and Saturday is the kiss of death. So what night should it move to? When CBS moved it to later in the evenings on Tuesday it was hurt that much more by ratings.. .People were not changing the channel from Fox to CBS so those that watched AI, continued to watch whatever came on after that.....

It's a ratings game and TAR seems to like Sundays....

December 15 2009 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The football over run drives me crazy! If you can fix it move Amazing race to another night. One episode this season was delayed by over an hour. I already add a buffer to my TiVo, but it's run over screws up my whole evening schedule.

December 10 2009 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I meant "if you can't fix it, move it to another night!"

December 10 2009 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about CBS broadcast The Amazing Race in HD. If they can do it for Survivor, they can do it for The Amazing Race.

Pretty much boycotted The Amazing Race until it is in HD.

December 10 2009 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mary Beth

Phil Keoghan explains why TAR isn't in HD:

"The complication, or one of the challenges that we have is that we do utilize a lot of foreign crews when we're traveling. It's very difficult to just turn up in Siberia and say, 'Oh, let's call the local guy with the HD camera and he can come down and supplement our shooting.' It's a little bit more complicated than, say, facilitating an HD shoot on 'Survivor,' where you can fly all of the equipment into one spot and you've got all your technical support there, you've got a guy who can sit down every night and look after the equipment. We're moving at breakneck speed, 28 days, flying hundreds-of-thousands of miles, or at least anywhere from 75,000 miles in a given race, so we just don't have the same luxury of being an 'Idol' or 'Survivor,' where everything is brought to one place, it's 69 degrees, where the air-conditioning is perfect. We're out sweating in Botswana or anywhere else and that's been a huge part of the challenge."

From here: http://www.hitfix.com/articles/2009-3-28-phil-keoghan-discussing-biking-across-america

December 10 2009 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am not a kid by any stretch but i would love friday night kid friendly programming. What happened to all the great cartoons? The damn disney channel doesn't air ANY of their classic stuff. Where is Mickey, Flintstones, Jetsons? Today's kids don't get to see any of this on TV. I just shake my head when i see what's on Nick and Disney Channel. They are too busy hawking all this stuff on DVD.

CBS should built in a buffer for NFL games likes FOX does. Fox never has this problem on sunday nights.

December 10 2009 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The Flintstones and Jetsons can be found on Boomerang, but they tend to be on in the middle of the night.

Mickey's kind of out in the cold aside from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Playhouse Disney, since Disney doesn't have a "classics" channel like Boomerang or Nicktoons.

I also agree that a return to TGIF-type programming would be a good idea.

December 11 2009 at 4:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with you on Fridays. They need to turn Friday nights in kids night, give up on 18 - 36 crowd would ya?

December 10 2009 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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