A running rant about bad television, crappy products, horrible service, mindless politics, corporate and government ineptitude, moronic media, marketing overload, public idiocy, stupid entertainment, etc. Here's what's annoying me today:

1.23.2006

Tom Ellis



What's up with Tom Ellis on NECN. The guy is terrible. It's just uncomfortable to watch him. And NECN is really a pretty good station. Much more professional than any of the over-air local stations. For the most part, all of their anchors are good. They've developed some good young talent too, some who have even gone on to the networks. But for at least ten years, they have had this fossil on every weekend. Shouldn't say fossil, because it's really not about age. Jack Williams actually looks good back at 4, in comparison to Ellis, and Chet Curtis, who's also been retired to NECN.

Tom can barely get through a story without messing it up, he smiles at bizzarre times, he's just terrible. I'd love to know what Chris Collins and Matt Noyce are thinking when they are doing the handoff to Tom. Must be like talking to your weird uncle. They always have this sarcastic look in their eye like they can't believe they have to make small talk with this guy.

And he was actually the number one anchor in Boston, like, 20 years ago? Amazing. He must be signed to a 20 year contract or own part of the company or something. Why else would they have kept him there this long. Certainly they could find someone right of school who would be a lot cheaper than Ellis, and certainly better. What gives?

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17 Comments:

Blogger Displayname said...

This made me laugh. I had never really thought about Tom Ellis being so crappy. I guess it's because I never watched him. The only one worse was Liz Walker. Here's a woman that looks like a black man in drag and she was so boring, I couldn't bear to watch her. I remember some years ago when my parents used to watch channel 4 news, they would dig up the dirt on everybody locally but when Liz had an illegitimate child, you couldn't find it anywhere and you sure as Hell didn't see it on channel 4. Protect your own as they say....Another old tale was when Chet and Nat used to do the news together but when they got divorced, Chet had to leave his anchor spot with Nat and ended up on NESN.

7:31 PM

 
Blogger Cranky said...

Liz never bothered me at all. I thought Jack Williams was a lightweight at the time, but like I said, with the dumming down of standards in local news, he seems almost like the smartest guy on TV now. Chet's OK doing the news, but when he tries to do interviews like he has been on NECN, he comes off as a pretty clueless, I think.

10:59 PM

 
Blogger Cranky said...

Can somebody tell me why there are so many people looking for Tom Ellis on Google? I get almost as many hits from people looking for Tom Ellis from NECN as I do for "Bush sucks" or "Quark sucks" my two most popular entries. What's up with that?

11:29 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Tom Ellis's major problem is that he is an actor trying to play a newscaster. He even has a cameo role in the film Marathon Man from 1976. His whole schtick is over-the-top.

2:52 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm only here because I was trying to find out how old he is. Does anyone know? I'm getting old myself, so I'm developing some empathy for situations like Tom Ellis coming out of retirement to anchor weekends on NECN. Come on, have some compassion!!! What gets me is his hair. And I'd have to agree with an earlier comment that his on-air reaction is sometimes inappropriate. He seems almost cheerful when delivering particularly unpleasant news. God love him (as my grandmother would have said.) You'd think he'd just like to stay home and enjoy his beautiful home.

10:10 PM

 
Blogger Cranky said...

It's not like he just came out of retirement. He's been doing this shift since NECN went on the air over 10 years ago. He's just painful to watch, and generally NECN is the only local news channel that is at all watchable. Nothing to do with his age. He's just bad.

1:54 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know why anyone else was searching for Tom Ellis NECN, but the reason I was doing it was to find a bio that would tell me how old this gasbag is. He is just awful. I'm just visiting the area; 20 years ago, when I lived in Boston, he was horrible, speaking as though he were reading to a pack of retards. Now he's even worse.

10:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Boston and remember when he was the #1 anchor. His nickname at the time was Tom "Smile Your Mother's Dead" Ellis because of the inappropriate way he'd smile when announcing some major death/catastrophe.

12:12 AM

 
Blogger Dan said...

Did you ever notice the way he slurs words? Maybe he drinks. I do find him entertaining to watch. At times he's hilarious.

6:44 PM

 
Anonymous Jane said...

How old is Tom Ellis? I think he must be around 80. I remember him when he was going bald. He must have had hair transplants or a very good wig.

2:27 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a bunch of JERKS OUT THERE.
Have a heart people.

12:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have thought the same thing for the past few years, why is this old fella allowed to do the news in such a bad way. I guess he has a storied career - perhaps he should have ended it on a high note, not as a lethargic and bumbling weekend anchor.

3:14 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait til you get old you miserable f'er.

11:07 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just wondering how old Tom Ellis was. I don't have any thoughts about him. I just found out he's 76 according to a boston.com article. I would have guessed he was older.

7:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give me a break. I loved watching Tom Ellis. I only did a search to see if I could find him.

6:15 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom has failed to talk about his failure as a father to 3 children that he refused to support after leaving Texas. Perhaps in a future interview someone will ask him about the 2 girls and 1 boy that he abandoned.

12:02 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To call Tom Ellis a journalist is a bad joke. He is a terrible actor, who can barely read news. And it has nothing to do with hiss age. He has always been bad.

6:55 AM

 

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