TV Programmers just don't care!

I'm writing this brief commentary of Sunday August 7, 2011. Back in 1996 a new TV channel was launched, known as TV LAND. The new station featured a variety of television programming from the 1950s through the 1990s. Its inaugural season featured the Emmy-Award-winning I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners and The Ed Sullivan Show. Great detectives were featured every Saturday, with programs including Honey West, Dog and Cat, Burke's Law, Nero Wolfe and Ace Crawford, Private Eye. "TV Land Goes West" presented Shane, Barbary Coast, Have Gun, Will Travel and Best of the West. "Hooterville Saturday" featured Petticoat Junction and Green Acres; and "Sunday in the Barracks" laughed with the military in The Phil Silvers Show and Hogan's Heroes. Many other classics were added giving adults and children a great place to enjoy the clean, family friendly programming that is lacking on television today. However, over time, the station began to abandon most of the classics and cater to the younger generations with shows like Third Rock from the Sun, Scrubs, Boston Legal, The Cougar, High School Reunion and disfunctional family shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and Roseanne. Today, a Sunday, when many kids are spending much of their time watching TV, the TV LAND lineup starting at 8AM has The Nanny for an hour then Happily Divorced until 11am then Hot in Cleveland ALL DAY until 8pm. All three shows rely mostly on sexual humor and innuendo. Sadly, this new generation will probably never experience the plethora of wonderful shows from the distant past.
If there is anyone out there that still doesn't realize why our culture continues to deteriorate, it's because our children are being fed only specific types of programming with total disregard to the long term effects on the future of society. By the way, TV LAND is owned by MTV Networks Entertainment Group. What does that tell you? We will all pay dearly because TV programmers just don't care.

7 Your comments?

Anonymous said...

i agree, tv programmers don't care!! and tvland's programs that are aired 'today' SUCK!!!! they should have LEFT IT ALONE!! the new programs Hot in Cleveland and Happily Divorced are STUPID!!!, NOT MENTION 'THE NANNY'!! Fran Drescher is ANNOYING!!!! Everybody Loves Raymond is aired on other stations and the show is dysfunctional just like 'Roseanne'! we need a tv station that will air only the classic shows and not change things around after 10 years of programming! TVLAND, YOU'RE PATHETIC!! )-:

August 14, 2011 at 9:10 PM
Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you. TVLand was a channel that I watched on a daily basis and now I don't watch it at all. The channel was a safe place for all family members to watch. TVLand should have stuck to the original shows. It was wonderful and now it is just like any other channel. I now watch Antennae TV, they have all of the old shows that are so funny and make life a little easier.

September 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Anonymous said...

Please bring back Gunsmoke. Please,
Please, Please.

September 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Anonymous said...

Actually, I turned off my TV, cancelled the TV portion of cable in August '11 and never turned it back on. There are just no good programs to watch anymore. I don't miss it at all. All the stupid non-reality "reality shows" - gag. I've rediscovered the library. Although you must be selective there also. Read to your kids, play games, restore values and respect in your kids lives. No more teaching kids to "talk down" to the adults in their lives, they get enough of that with peer exposure.

January 15, 2012 at 6:36 AM
Anonymous said...

Tv Land is just like many of the other channels. Too much reality shows, infomercials and garbage.

February 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Anonymous said...

You said exactly what I've wanted to say for a long time! I abandoned TV Land a couple of years ago for these very reasons. Never watch it now. Fortunately, Antenna TV, MeTV, and Retro TV (RTV) have filled the void for me. TVLand is crap!

February 22, 2012 at 2:55 AM
Anonymous said...

Unfortunately we live in a generally Godless society. We as adults are, for the most part, responsible for making our children's lives as morally productive as is possible. God's word says, "Bring up a child in the admonition of the Lord and when he is old he will not depart from it." If we were to focus more on ourselves as adults and whether we are living morally productive lives, I believe the best possible results would follow. I also appreciate some of the old TV classics.

July 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM