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:

2.03.2006

Prime time lineup as news



This bugs the shit out of me. Local TV news, doing news reports on their network's prime time lineup. Channel 4 just did a story on Boston connections to the new season of Survivor, which of course just had its season premier tonight on CBS. The Apprentice is always news on Channel 7. Ed Harding gets all giddy talking about the happenings on Desperate Housewives. When Barbara Walters has done some lame interview on 20/20, it's news at 11 on Channel 5. And of course there is always something important happening on American Idol that Channel 25 needs to waste five minutes of news time on. Hardly a day goes by when there is not a least one story that is nothing more than a shameless plug for the network.

It's just such an annoying, obvious attempt to plug the prime time lineup, as well as get "lead-in" ratings by advertising the story about the show during the show. It also costs them nothing to do, compared to the cost of sending a reporter out to get news.
Whenever one of these things come on, I just switch the station immediately.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous adamg said...

Oh, you mean like the "report" last night on Angelina "she's carrying Brad Pitt's baby" Jolie?

8:57 AM

 
Blogger Sick of Extremes said...

Some Marketing guy is probably real proud of coming up with that idea. Commercials for programs within news reports. Bah! The news seems to get goofier all the time, what with all the horsing around between the reporters that goes on now. Fox is really bad at that with "VB" giving all the women at the station a rib or two each time his big head hits the screen. When a news network hires a guy with a nickname "Virgin Boy" as a commentator, how are you supposed to take it seriously?!

2:27 PM

 
Blogger Cranky said...

Not sure I know VB. Is he that goofball commentator that is on the morning show? I don't really watch it.

2:32 PM

 
Blogger Sick of Extremes said...

Yes. VB is a big 'pudgy' guy who originally came from the Howie Carr show on RKO. I think he still has a radio show or at least subs for Howie when he's on vacation. He generally ranks on criminals in the news and of course, the other reporters. Pure "newsertainment"!

5:15 PM

 

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