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2014-03-29 09:11:07 AM
So they are the biatches that ruined the good stuff on TV.

These strategies have taken the company's flagship channels -- A&E, History and Lifetime -- far afield from the original mission that brought each one to life.

I remember when A&E and History had good stuff on and gave us good movies, Nobody really cares about Lifetime.


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2014-03-29 09:32:11 AM
The last good thing I remember history channel doing was a documentary about wwii from the perspective of german soldiers. It was really interesting to see those guys as actual people and not the faceless facist demons they're usually made out to be. Not thay they were all angels or anything but I think its easy to forget most of those guys were caught up in events beyond their control.
 
2014-03-29 09:34:23 AM
oh come on duck dynasty has educational value, how not to do a product placement.
 
2014-03-29 09:38:35 AM
It was inevitable. Hitler had only so many henchmen.
 
2014-03-29 09:43:38 AM
I really miss the old History channel. Losing that and TechTV prior to G4 really made me lose interest in TV as a whole.
 
2014-03-29 09:47:22 AM

Doktor_Zhivago: The last good thing I remember history channel doing was a documentary about wwii from the perspective of german soldiers. It was really interesting to see those guys as actual people and not the faceless facist demons they're usually made out to be. Not thay they were all angels or anything but I think its easy to forget most of those guys were caught up in events beyond their control.


I wrote a historiography of German memorials from both world wars in comparison to Confederate monuments.  Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, but at least the German people are very contrite about remembering the war.  All their monuments are somber, the soldiers are highly abstracted (and if from the right time period, very Bauhausian).

Back to the general topic, fark Nancy Dubuc with a rusty grapefruit spoon for accelerating the channel decay.
 
2014-03-29 10:27:21 AM
The key to A&Es success has apparently been to drop the "A", but that's not really something to celebrate.
 
2014-03-29 10:42:09 AM
I totally forgot that A&E used to play Law and order. Used to watch it all the time back in the 90's and I am pretty sure A&E repeats are what got me into the show in the first place.
 
2014-03-29 11:11:10 AM

UNC_Samurai: I wrote a historiography of German memorials from both world wars in comparison to Confederate monuments. Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, but at least the German people are very contrite about remembering the war. All their monuments are somber, the soldiers are highly abstracted (and if from the right time period, very Bauhausian).


Part of the reason for that was that the monuments built to WWI during the 1930s were so completely and utterly over the top.  They had to reign it in when it came to commemorating the dead of WWII.

There are also a lot of parallels between European Holocaust memorials and European memorials to WWII.
 
2014-03-29 11:11:17 AM
The History Channel Now Does an Enormous Disservice to its Viewers

"From the mid-1990's to the late-2000's, there was a terrific thing on basic cable called The History Channel. A rich oasis in a dismal wasteland, it offered gritty, fact-filled documentaries on all things historical, including piracy, the Old West, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, Nazi Germany, and so on. From its beginnings, The History Channel had its critics; they complained that its programming was heavily skewed towards middle-aged men, and that it was obsessed with Adolf Hitler. Still, during this brief time period, everyone had to agree that The History Channel was truly educational, and was one of television's best offerings. "
 
2014-03-29 11:18:28 AM

hasty ambush: The History Channel had its critics; they complained that its programming was heavily skewed towards middle-aged men


So naturally women had to ruin it.
 
2014-03-29 11:26:45 AM

mechgreg: I totally forgot that A&E used to play Law and order. Used to watch it all the time back in the 90's and I am pretty sure A&E repeats are what got me into the show in the first place.


Good thing TNT rocks them in the morning on weekends.  I also saw Sundance and WE has picked them up as well.
 
2014-03-29 11:29:36 AM

JohnnyRebel88: mechgreg: I totally forgot that A&E used to play Law and order. Used to watch it all the time back in the 90's and I am pretty sure A&E repeats are what got me into the show in the first place.

Good thing TNT rocks them in the morning on weekends.  I also saw Sundance and WE has picked them up as well.


and ION, USA. local TV subchannels...
The big shows that everyone is playing now is a L&O series, Criminal Minds, or some other hour long police procedural.
 
2014-03-29 11:29:40 AM
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2014-03-29 11:30:30 AM
I remember when A&E use to have their Murder Mystery Sundays, with several hours of Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Sherlock Holmes. Didn't care for the Holmes, but boy did A&E help start my love affair with English murder mysteries. Which I suppose I was outside their targeted demographic, but still a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

But thanks, in part, to these broads and Bonnie Hammer, I rarely watch TV anymore.
 
2014-03-29 11:36:11 AM

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2014-03-29 11:50:11 AM

UNC_Samurai: Doktor_Zhivago: The last good thing I remember history channel doing was a documentary about wwii from the perspective of german soldiers. It was really interesting to see those guys as actual people and not the faceless facist demons they're usually made out to be. Not thay they were all angels or anything but I think its easy to forget most of those guys were caught up in events beyond their control.

I wrote a historiography of German memorials from both world wars in comparison to Confederate monuments.  Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, but at least the German people are very contrite about remembering the war.  All their monuments are somber, the soldiers are highly abstracted (and if from the right time period, very Bauhausian).

Back to the general topic, fark Nancy Dubuc with a rusty grapefruit spoon for accelerating the channel decay.


It's not remotely her fault that people love shoveling shiat into their minds, all she did was capitalize on that.

I'm not particularly happy about the trends either, but I can't hold anyone responsible except viewers.
 
2014-03-29 12:00:07 PM

TheHumanCannonball: I remember when A&E use to have their Murder Mystery Sundays, with several hours of Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Sherlock Holmes. Didn't care for the Holmes,


But Brett was the best Sherlock Holmes.  Yes, even better than Cumberbatch who is good but different, being modernized with more of comedic, but not over don, bent

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They did get me hooked on Midsomer Murders big time.  Also let us not forget the greatness that was Nero Wolf which had a core talented group of actors playing different in almost every episode.

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2014-03-29 12:06:05 PM

carrion_luggage: It was inevitable. Hitler had only so many henchmen.


But in the alien multiverse, including a universe where a good Hitler dies for our sins, you could tell stories for years about hisgenetically modified jetpack wearing supersoldiers and mad scientists.
 
2014-03-29 12:08:16 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: I'll start:

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DOINK DOINK indeed

Could also use some:
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2014-03-29 12:10:11 PM

Colour_out_of_Space: PC LOAD LETTER: I'll start:

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DOINK DOINK indeed

Could also use some:


Is it because she's a lesbian?
 
2014-03-29 12:13:08 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Colour_out_of_Space: PC LOAD LETTER: I'll start:

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DOINK DOINK indeed

Could also use some:

Is it because she's a lesbian?


Too attractive to be a full lesbian she must be bi.
 
2014-03-29 12:18:25 PM

hasty ambush: FirstNationalBastard: Colour_out_of_Space: PC LOAD LETTER: I'll start:

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DOINK DOINK indeed

Could also use some:

Is it because she's a lesbian?

Too attractive to be a full lesbian she must be bi.


No, that was how her character left the show. The DA fired her, and she asked "Is it because I'm a lesbian?", even though there had never been a single solitary hint in the 3 years the character had been around that she was a lesbian.

A great WTF moment.
 
2014-03-29 12:21:13 PM

hasty ambush: TheHumanCannonball: I remember when A&E use to have their Murder Mystery Sundays, with several hours of Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Sherlock Holmes. Didn't care for the Holmes,

But Brett was the best Sherlock Holmes.  Yes, even better than Cumberbatch who is good but different, being modernized with more of comedic, but not over don, bent

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They did get me hooked on Midsomer Murders big time.  Also let us not forget the greatness that was Nero Wolf which had a core talented group of actors playing different in almost every episode.

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I forgot about how awesome Nero Wolfe was.
 
2014-03-29 12:21:47 PM

mechgreg: I totally forgot that A&E used to play Law and order. Used to watch it all the time back in the 90's and I am pretty sure A&E repeats are what got me into the show in the first place.


Me too. Apparently, lots of people did as well. L&O went from being on the edge of cancellation to a top 10 show in about five years, and the reruns were a big reason why.
 
2014-03-29 12:22:53 PM
Doink Doink?


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2014-03-29 12:26:48 PM
The redhead prosecutor was the best.

Her first appearance was as a female who, with her two hot female friends, gang rapes a male stripper. That was a hot episode.

Then they brought her back as Casey Novak.
 
2014-03-29 01:03:28 PM

Smackledorfer: The redhead prosecutor was the best.

Her first appearance was as a female who, with her two hot female friends, gang rapes a male stripper. That was a hot episode.

Then they brought her back as Casey Novak.


Yeah, similar thing with S. Epatha Merkerson. In an early episode she plays some mom who worked as a cleaning lady, who found out her son had been shot and killed.

Next thing you know she's the head of the precinct. Man they promote fast in the NYPD.
 
2014-03-29 01:04:13 PM
Fano:  a universe where a good Hitler dies for our sins

I would very much enjoy seeing that movie. Do you have a kickstarter?
 
2014-03-29 01:06:01 PM

FirstNationalBastard: No, that was how her character left the show. The DA fired her, and she asked "Is it because I'm a lesbian?", even though there had never been a single solitary hint in the 3 years the character had been around that she was a lesbian.


I wouldn't blame her, I mean Angel and that whole vampires & demons business really messed with her head.
 
2014-03-29 01:15:19 PM

KellyKellyKelly: Doink Doink?


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2014-03-29 01:18:56 PM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Smackledorfer: The redhead prosecutor was the best.

Her first appearance was as a female who, with her two hot female friends, gang rapes a male stripper. That was a hot episode.

Then they brought her back as Casey Novak.

Yeah, similar thing with S. Epatha Merkerson. In an early episode she plays some mom who worked as a cleaning lady, who found out her son had been shot and killed.

Next thing you know she's the head of the precinct. Man they promote fast in the NYPD.


Jerry Orbach was a defense attorney in an episode before he became Lenny Briscoe.
 
2014-03-29 01:24:39 PM

kroonermanblack: It's not remotely her fault that people love shoveling shiat into their minds, all she did was capitalize on that.

I'm not particularly happy about the trends either, but I can't hold anyone responsible except viewers.


Yes, there is a large market for this kind of drivel.  The problem is that there's also a market for a lot of other things.  Not as big a market, but still a market.  But instead of serving those markets, what these biatches have done is taken the channels which filled those niches and turned them into ones that serve only the "mindless drivel" market.  There's nothing left for the actual history buffs, or the people who liked documentaries.  And while ratings have gone up comparatively, I'd argue that it's this "all channels are mostly interchangeable" approach that is bringing overall ratings for TV down.  As time goes on TV only serves one genre, the "mindless drivel" genre.  If you want history or science or documentaries, tough.  Unfortunately, there's still people out there who want that kind of content, and they're going to go where they can find it... and where they can find it is not on TV, leading many to cut the cord.

So, congrats you dumb broads, your short-term ratings gains are killing TV in the long term.
 
2014-03-29 01:35:24 PM
FirstNationalBastard:

No, that was how her character left the show. The DA fired her, and she asked "Is it because I'm a lesbian?", even though there had never been a single solitary hint in the 3 years the character had been around that she was a lesbian.

A great WTF moment.


I love how the DA was like "...Um, no?" while clearly thinking "Lesbian?  When the fark did THAT happen?"  It was almost as if someone didn't give Fred Thompson the entire script.
 
2014-03-29 01:37:33 PM

yukichigai: kroonermanblack: It's not remotely her fault that people love shoveling shiat into their minds, all she did was capitalize on that.

I'm not particularly happy about the trends either, but I can't hold anyone responsible except viewers.

Yes, there is a large market for this kind of drivel.  The problem is that there's also a market for a lot of other things.  Not as big a market, but still a market.  But instead of serving those markets, what these biatches have done is taken the channels which filled those niches and turned them into ones that serve only the "mindless drivel" market.  There's nothing left for the actual history buffs, or the people who liked documentaries.  And while ratings have gone up comparatively, I'd argue that it's this "all channels are mostly interchangeable" approach that is bringing overall ratings for TV down.  As time goes on TV only serves one genre, the "mindless drivel" genre.  If you want history or science or documentaries, tough.  Unfortunately, there's still people out there who want that kind of content, and they're going to go where they can find it... and where they can find it is not on TV, leading many to cut the cord.

So, congrats you dumb broads, your short-term ratings gains are killing TV in the long term.


You must get so much poon.
 
2014-03-29 01:47:40 PM

KellyKellyKelly: You must get so much poon.


Oddly, yes, I have received a surprising number of harpoons in the last three years.  No idea why.
 
2014-03-29 01:52:35 PM

Evilsmurf: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Smackledorfer: The redhead prosecutor was the best.

Her first appearance was as a female who, with her two hot female friends, gang rapes a male stripper. That was a hot episode.

Then they brought her back as Casey Novak.

Yeah, similar thing with S. Epatha Merkerson. In an early episode she plays some mom who worked as a cleaning lady, who found out her son had been shot and killed.

Next thing you know she's the head of the precinct. Man they promote fast in the NYPD.

Jerry Orbach was a defense attorney in an episode before he became Lenny Briscoe.


Annie Parisse played a stripper a season or two before she showed up as an ADA.  I've read that she wanted to have that be part of her character's backstory, how she paid for law school, but was shot down.  Personally, I like to pretend that every actor on the show is playing the same person no matter how many different roles they show up in, which leads to some amusing redemptions, jailbreaks, identity changes, and falls from grace.

Also, at a young age the History Channel was there (and still sane) at the right time for my budding interest in WWII.  Makes me sad what's happened to it.
 
2014-03-29 02:08:18 PM

mechgreg: I totally forgot that A&E used to play Law and order. Used to watch it all the time back in the 90's and I am pretty sure A&E repeats are what got me into the show in the first place.


Hell, before the constant L&O reruns, they had this every night at 11:
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/and before that, there was the orchestral music, ballet, and live theater they used to show
 
2014-03-29 03:42:00 PM
Good headline. A&E was awesome back in the day with L&O (it was on other channels but A&E was the only one that played the full theme, and showed the Ben Stone episodes), Biography and especially American Justice which was maybe my favorite show. I'm kind of surprised reruns of that don't air. CNN has Forensic Files for some reason, surely someone should give American Justice a shot. It was better than everything on ID channel (even Unusual Suspects).
 
2014-03-29 03:48:41 PM

FirstNationalBastard: hasty ambush: FirstNationalBastard: Colour_out_of_Space: PC LOAD LETTER: I'll start:

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DOINK DOINK indeed

Could also use some:

Is it because she's a lesbian?

Too attractive to be a full lesbian she must be bi.

No, that was how her character left the show. The DA fired her, and she asked "Is it because I'm a lesbian?", even though there had never been a single solitary hint in the 3 years the character had been around that she was a lesbian.

A great WTF moment.


Well she got really upset in one episode where a lesbian had been denied rights to see her kid because only her wife's name had been on the adoption certificate and they had divorced. And Fred Thompson was like "Well if lesbians can't have kids maybe that's a sign from God" which didn't make her any happier. If that show was real then he probably would have fired her for being a lesbian.
 
2014-03-29 03:56:12 PM

miniflea: Evilsmurf: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Smackledorfer: The redhead prosecutor was the best.

Her first appearance was as a female who, with her two hot female friends, gang rapes a male stripper. That was a hot episode.

Then they brought her back as Casey Novak.

Yeah, similar thing with S. Epatha Merkerson. In an early episode she plays some mom who worked as a cleaning lady, who found out her son had been shot and killed.

Next thing you know she's the head of the precinct. Man they promote fast in the NYPD.

Jerry Orbach was a defense attorney in an episode before he became Lenny Briscoe.

Annie Parisse played a stripper a season or two before she showed up as an ADA.  I've read that she wanted to have that be part of her character's backstory, how she paid for law school, but was shot down.  Personally, I like to pretend that every actor on the show is playing the same person no matter how many different roles they show up in, which leads to some amusing redemptions, jailbreaks, identity changes, and falls from grace.


The best one was Jeremy Sisto appearing as a defense attorney in the final episode of season 17, then becoming Green's new partner in the first episode of season 18. Then, later on, Sisto's regular character is going to night school to become a lawyer.

At least the rest of the different character appearances had at least a year or two between appearances.
 
2014-03-29 04:03:05 PM
Only thing I watch on A&E is The First 48 - and even that's sporadically...
 
2014-03-29 08:28:17 PM

yukichigai: KellyKellyKelly: You must get so much poon.

Oddly, yes, I have received a surprising number of harpoons in the last three years.  No idea why.


Speaking of harpoons and other spearlike objects, the funniest line in all of Law and Order came from the ME:

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Right now, I've got to get a javelin out of somebody's chest.
Lennie Briscoe: What made you go into this line of work?
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Free javelins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RP2GFWougQ
 
2014-03-29 09:29:19 PM

hasty ambush: hasty ambush: The History Channel had its critics; they complained that its programming was heavily skewed towards middle-aged men

So naturally women had to ruin it.


Hey now!

When the History Channel was really a history channel, their programming captivated me and kept me interested in subjects that had bored me silly in school.

I always had a great interest in all the Arts and A+E had such exceptional programming that I watched shows on subjects that I already knew inside-out.

I miss and mourn both channels. I've not bothered having cable for years because of the changes - too many other options for quality viewing.
 
2014-03-29 09:46:59 PM

puckrock2000: mechgreg: I totally forgot that A&E used to play Law and order. Used to watch it all the time back in the 90's and I am pretty sure A&E repeats are what got me into the show in the first place.

Hell, before the constant L&O reruns, they had this every night at 11:


/and before that, there was the orchestral music, ballet, and live theater they used to show


Oh geez, that just reminded me - I broke my hip in late '97 and they ran reruns of Def Comedy Jam at 2 or 3 in the morning. Since I had a hard time sleeping for a few months, that may have actually saved me from slipping into depression. Long recovery, 3- 7and1/2 inch screws. Turned out fine.
 
2014-03-30 01:31:15 AM

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