Letter To The Editor: Praise for the budget What drives me nuts

Television Programming Habits

May 10th, 2007 at 08:54am

Good morning Mike,

I found the interview you had about television programming practices after the 7:30 news to be quite interesting, and it certainly explains why I don't watch much television any more…the stations that are targeting me are putting on shows I either don't like or just don't want to see (for example CSI, good show but it's far too predictable and I'm bored with it), and the other networks are trying to catch a different demographic with shows I'm even less interested in.

Apart from that I think television programming in general, especially during prime time, is getting worse. I remember a time not that many years ago when I would be excited about the shows that were going to be on at night…now I'm regularly missing shows I do like because good shows are far too intermittent and I'm usually doing other things. I used to be able to remember what shows were on by routine, but now it's a matter of "show a" followed by two hours of doing something else and hopefully remembering that "show b" is on at 10:30 (and the show will probably be ten to fifteen minutes late anyway).

What I'm noticing now is that a lot of the good shows are being pushed back to really late at night, and then get shuffled around so much that I'm better off just buying the DVD.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

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  • 1. John20747  |  May 10th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    I’m inclined to agree with you. I used to watch “The Bill” for years, but I don’t even bother watching it now.

    For some reason I like watching “NCIS” – probably because it features the ex “Man From Uncle” (from the 1960’s TV program) as the Medical Examiner.

    Other than that, the only thing I like watching these days are documentaries on the ABC and SBS.

  • 2. John999555  |  May 11th, 2007 at 11:24 am

    And ‘Abby’ in NCIS is more conservative than her outfits would suggest.

    What amazes me is how quickly the people in that program can just tap away on a keyboard at about 100 words per minute and come up with an instant conclusion to a complex issue.

    Except for the Medical Examiner (the ex “Man from UNCLE)…. he doesn’t use computers !

  • 3. Samuel  |  May 11th, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Yes that’s an interesting point, an awful lot of shows suffer from the delusion that people can redesign entire complex systems seamlessly in a matter of moments with a heap of really fast typing.

    On top of that, it would appear that most television shows missed the invention of the mouse.

  • 4. John20747  |  May 11th, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    haha, that’s a good point. You never see them using a mouse….. they always type frantically on a keyboard.
    Wish I could type that fast without making a mistake !

  • 5. Johns_BIG_blog  |  May 12th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    My best speed is about 10 words per minute !


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