Most networks decided to show the yelling between Saddam and the executioners and witnesses, judging that the audio gave additional context to the event, but they decided not to show his body actually falling through the gallows, deciding to stop at the point where the noose gets put around his neck. However, CNN.com showed a little bit more, stopping right before the hanging itself, and FoxNews.com showed the entire thing. Only MSNBC stayed consistent between its network and web site, just showing the first few seconds.
Now, they're not doing it out of respect to Saddam, of course; they're doing it out of respect for their audience. They won't air the full video if the Iraqi government makes it available for broadcast. "We're very aware that we're coming into people's living rooms and that there could be children watching," Linda Mason, a senior VP for CBS News, told THR. Since the war started, network news executives have considered using graphic video footage on a case-by-case basis, often editing it down to make it more palatable to audiences.
(Update: Embedded below is reportedly a video of Saddam's hanging.)
During his on-stage interview, he cited promos for CSI that showed a lot of blood and dissections. Even his favorite new show of the season, Heroes, showed a scene of someone being cut in half. And, since it was during the 9 PM time period, his kids were still awake; he had to send them out of the room.
Modern TV, according to Newsweek, has lost its edge. "The most popular shows are still crime procedurals (CSI) or soaps (Grey's Anatomy) - slick and sexy, but not about much. The reality shows American Idol and Dancing with the Stars are so retro, they're practically The Lawrence Welk Show. When The Unit or 24 does dare to focus on something like the war on terror, their take is uncritically gung-ho - no network today would risk satire on the level of M*A*S*H."
Reader Rod wrote to us recently asking for a comprehensive list of all the television programs that can be downloaded or streamed online. That's a pretty tall order, and I'm sure I'll forget a few, which is why I'm asking our faithful readers to fill in any gaps left due to my ignorance or plain forgetfulness. I'm going to focus purely on legitimate downloads and not such things as peer-to-peer downloads or torrents. I'm not going to list specific shows, because obviously as the television schedule changes, so do the programs.
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Whether this "cross-pollenation" works is anybody's guess. Except for Project Runway, these shows aren't exactly getting prime real estate when they do air on the major networks.
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The Futon Critic has a really detailed list of all the returning shows, and what days they will be coming back. They have the premiere dates for fan favorites like Lost, House, and Family Guy, but also for cable shows like The 4400, 30 Days, and Monk.
This list also confirmed that there is a show on WE called Bridezillas, and that Breaking Bonaduce is coming back for another season. Amazing.
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2. American Idol - Weds (FOX)
3. CSI (CBS)
4. House (FOX)
5. Deal Or No Deal - Mon (NBC)
6. NCAA Basketball Championship (CBS)
7. Lost (ABC)
8. Survivor (CBS)
9. NCIS (CBS)
10. The Unit (CBS)
11. Law and Order: SVU (NBC)
12. Without A Trace (CBS)
13. 60 Minutes (CBS)
14. Unanimous (FOX)
15. Deal Or No Deal - Weds (NBC)
16. Numb3rs (CBS)
17. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
18. Cold Case (CBS)
19. Extreme Makeover (ABC)
20. 24 (FOX)
You know what I mean. You're watching some national TV show, usually a morning show, and the national anchor or weatherperson, maybe Al Roker, will say something like, "that's the national weather, now here's the weather in your area," and they'll switch to the local weatherperson who says, "thanks Al! Yeah, it's gonna be cold today..."
Why do they do this? Do they think that TV viewers are idiots? That we think, "gee, everyone on TV is in the same place and knows each other! And they all live in my box in the living room!" Give me a break. I watch the syndicated Daily Buzz every morning (side note: I love you Andrea), and Mitch gives the national weather forecast, and then throws it to local affiliates, and Rich, the guy in Boston, always says, "thanks Mitch."
Rich, Mitch probably has no idea who you are, so can you stop thanking him? Thanks. Now I take you back to Katie Couric in New York...Katie?
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