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That Time I Saw An Atheism Commercial On TV

25-cent piece, U.S. (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) Saturday evening, my wife and I were wrapping up our day by watching a rerun of The Daily Show, via our cable company’s “On Demand” feature. At the end, just as I was about to stop the replay and turn everything off for the night,[…]

If Real Life Was Like ‘House Hunters’

The author, with a “Sold” sign (Copyright © 2010 by Marline Fry.) The world would be a mixed up place if every home-buyer got what they say they wanted on House Hunters, a popular show on HGTV. When I say House Hunters, I also include its sister show House Hunters International. The premise of the[…]

‘Scandal’ Keeps Lying To You About Love

Categories: Relationships, Television
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Published on: 2014.11.03

I do enjoy ABC’s show “Scandal” (starring Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn) — mainly because it presents the secret workings of the White House and U.S. government in general in such a dark-yet-incompetent light that I can’t help but refuse to believe it. But one of the main threads of the show’s plot from the[…]

Reality TV: What Should Have Been A Passing Fad (Or A Learning Tool)

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Published on: 2013.10.27

Reality television: an interesting experiment in entertainment. Watching handfuls of people put into unlikely situations and watched by cameras from every angle without scripts. It should have lasted a couple of seasons. We should have been sardonically interested, morbidly curious.

ITN: China Cracks Down On Pointless TV

Categories: InTheNews, Television
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Published on: 2013.10.23

In The News: China cracks down on American Idol-style shows (Austin American-Statesman) Though it bugged me a little that the writer of this article used American Idol and The Voice as the only two named examples of “reality, dating and talent shows”, when there are certainly less edifying examples, this story had me sympathizing with[…]

TCFA Is A Good Idea. Right?

Categories: Business, InTheNews, Television
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Published on: 2013.09.04

What if you could turn off only the channels you don’t want to see? (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) • Controversial VMAs Puts (sic) Fresh Spotlight On The Television Consumer Freedom Act (FOX News, Aug. 30, 2013) • John McCain: Americans ‘Are Being Ripped Off’ By Cable Companies (The Huffington Post, May 23,[…]

Reason #4

Categories: InTheNews, Television
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Published on: 2013.08.20

A month ago, I lamented the continuing demise of cable television news channels, listing three major factors that keep me from watching them. Today, driven nearly insane by my toddler’s “educational” channels, I decided to switch to a news network. Feeling ambivalent, I tried CNN first.

Dear Cable News: Why I Don’t Watch Your Channel

Categories: InTheNews, Television
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Published on: 2013.07.23

CNN spells the Pope’s name incorrectly in the rush to be first, during a days-long single-subject obsession (March 13, 2013) Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way for corporations to know why customers shy away from their products and/or services? Now there is a way. They can just read my blog. Or[…]

Feeling Better After House Hunters International

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Published on: 2012.12.22

For any Americans out there feeling tense about your rent or your mortgage payment, I’ve found any easy solution: just watch a few episodes of House Hunters International. I don’t mean the occasional episode in which they’re looking for a home in Boznigovia1, where a mansion cost as much as a used car, but the[…]

Thoughts on the Heisman Presentation

Categories: Sports, Television
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Published on: 2011.12.11

Congratulations to Robert Griffin III on winning the Heisman Trophy. While all five finalists are amazingly talented athletes and seem to be outstanding citizens as well, Griffin seemed to be the only one that came into a bottom-ranked football program and helped it rise to the top. And it’s kind of cool, living just 15[…]

What’s Wrong (And Right) With American Idol

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Published on: 2009.10.02

(Originally written on Thursday, May 12, 2005, 9:26 p.m., as part of my “Off-Center Thoughts”) Can I be a juvenile for a minute? I hope Carrie Underwood wins American Idol this year. I was originally hoping for Constantine, but he was mistakenly voted out. (I’m not juvenile enough to vote on this stuff, but it’s[…]

WNBA Gets the Shaft

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Published on: 2009.10.01

Tuesday evening, I watched Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. And I was very disappointed. Contrary to what some would expect, I was not disappointed in the game itself, but in the presentation. The game was tremendously exciting. It was 31-31 after one quarter (a WNBA record), and went 105-105 by the end of regulation,[…]

How Sad Were the VMAs?

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Published on: 2009.09.14

Having been without regular TV (by choice) for more than eight years, last night’s VMAs on MTV opened my eyes. I mean, I knew television’s quality, content, ethics, and watchability have been declining steadily since … I’m not sure when. (When did TV reach its peak? Let’s just say it was the late 1980s or[…]

2001.10.01: How Dumb Do They Think We Are?

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Published on: 2000.10.01

Oct. 1, 2001 An editorial by Wil C. Fry I like TV. Really, I do. Sometimes, like millions of other Americans, I like to sprawl on the couch or floor and just absorb a few watts of mindless drivel. If you’re willing to pay for it, you can find just about anything you want to[…]

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