The Death of Hollywood

I was listening to sportsball radio off the interwebs the other days and I kept hearing ads for the fall television lineup from CBS. The sportball station is affiliated with CBS Sports, so they do cross marketing of their content. Like most people, commercials of all kinds are just background noise to me most of the time. Maybe radio ads have some sort of subliminal effect, but my suspicion is they are just a waste of money. I barely listen to the content. Like most people, radio is just background noise for me.

Anyway, I was about to turn off the radio and do something else when they were going through the “great new shows” on CBS. Having dropped television, I stopped to listen to the promos out of curiosity. I can’t remember the last time I followed a network TV show like a sitcom or serial drama. Probably Seinfeld 20 years ago. Anyway, the ad was long and ran through a list of shows, describing each one in exited tones. What was striking is that each sounded more horrible than the next. Here’s the list.

I can’t help but notice the number of shows dedicated to defending the realm. Some of the shows could be anything, but 12 are clearly about agents of the state defending the state against the bad people. Most of these are shows about the sorts of people our social media overlords are trying to create on-line. That is, they use their super goodness powers to magically identify the crime-thinker. Rather than having a tough guy doing the hard work of policing the streets, its a dork using brain waves to zap the bad thinkers.

Looking at the other networks, it’s a slightly different trend. ABC shows are mostly about unconventional families, non-whites and women. Fox is full of blacks and race mixers, but with a low-brow comedy theme. NBC is heavy on the fire department shows for some reason. Maybe they struck a deal with CBS. Again, these are shows about defending the realm against threats. If you were observing America from another planet, just using television, you would think America is riddle with crime and fire bugs,

As a cord cutter, I have no occasion to see any of these shows, so I could be all wrong about the quality and content. I just know that the only network show I hear mentioned in my daily life is Big Bang Theory. I do hear plenty of people talk about shows they follow on cable or service providers like Amazon and NetFlix. Maybe the people I interact with on a daily basis are not the typical network TV viewers, but my guess is the audiences for network shows have shrunk quite a bit over the last decade.

My other hunch, and I may be way off base on this, but I suspect these shows are written by women or at least have lots of female writers. Shows like The Good Fight and Madame Secretary are obviously aimed at cat ladies. The latter was clearly an infomercial for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign. It is a safe bet they had shows written about how the main character wins the White House, so they could retool the show to be about the wonderfulness of having the first female President. Thank you Donald Trump.

On the other hand, the apparent crappiness of television shows could simply be a part of the general crappiness of the mass media culture. The movie business is suffering from a season of very expensive flops. So much so the whole business model is being called into question. Bad movies are getting yanked from theaters and the theaters are offering incentives to people to watch the bad movies. Maybe it is just a blip, but the big studios are treating this like a sea change in the business. Something big is happening.

Or, maybe it already happened. The last time “everyone watched” a network show was probably the 90’s with Seinfeld or maybe the Simpsons. When was the last time you heard someone use a pop culture referenced to a sitcom or network drama? What’s happening to the movie business, may have happened to network TV and no one noticed because of the cable shows and cord cutting phenomenon. Put another way, the root cause of all of these phenomenon may be a change in who runs the media business.

It could also be the radical feminization and politicization of the business, rather than the product. The sexual harassment hysteria gripping both Hollywood and the news entertainment rackets suggest the cat ladies are staging a final takeover. Someone named Mark Halperin is the latest male to be hurled into the void by the ladies. The general awfulness of our mass media could simply be the result of diving off the talent and replacing it with social justice warriors and their crazed enablers.

I watched the HBO series Rome recently. It was on about ten years ago and covered the period from the rise of Julius Caesar to the triumph of Octavian over Antony. It was a big budget affair with lots of well done costumes. The story, on the other hand, was mostly about the catty women and their intrigues. That and overly long sex scenes that were unrealistic and stupid. Feminist love this stuff, which is why every tackle-faced cat lady in America camped out to see the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Gray.

I’ve argued on and off for a while now that we are at the end of a great cultural cycle. The old culture that was born and flourished in the 20 century is dead. We still have the structures and institutions from that era, but they are husks of themselves. There is no cultural energy to animate them and give them vibrancy. The collapse of Hollywood may be a sign of it. Movies and TV are artifacts of the last century. Like zombies, these institutions shuffle along, searching for brains, but they are finally collapsing into dust.

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Alzaebo
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Is this the modern version of Helena Handbasket’s “Without men, we’d still be living in caves, but with really fancy curtains!”

I call soap operas Stone Age Wisdom.
First she has a child with this one, then with that one, everybody living in a long house (today, a mansion with it’s own name attached to a magazine publishing business).

The survival of the tribe is paramount- everyone is related, and the stories never end.

Karl McHungus
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Have to disagree with you on Rome. It is by John Milius (I will let you look up his credits) who is anything but a cat lady. Fantastic production values, and lots of interesting characters outside of the Roman nobility. The two main characters are based on actual persons, mentioned in Julius Caesar”s writings. I suspect you only watched part of one episode, so maybe give it another chance.

Hosswire
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It’s one of my favorite shows, too. Especially Season One.
The problem is that they got cancelled after Season One & had to cram their five planned seasons into one.

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I was talking to a friend on why no watches or even has cable tv, let alone the main networks. We agreed men aren’t there audience anymore and we don’t buy their advertised crap. Blacks and women, the rest, go away. I fill idle time with youtube, last night on soldering skills I intend to develop. A decent book I have from a while back was Gilligan Unbound examining pop culture through the perspective of 60s then 90s programs. Of course it was the authors unasserted contention that there was a culture. Even he couldn’t write the book now about… Read more »
Andrew
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My work schedule for over the past fifteen years has fortunately left me with little time for television. In fact, when the over the air frequencies went digital the government did my “cord” cutting for me. The only time I watch any television is when I travel and stay in a hotel. Having grown up on the classics it is something of a shock to the system to see what they call entertainment today. It really shows that the people making this stuff have no clue of what is outside of their bubble.

Dutch
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The TV stuff back in the day, any day you choose, was mostly really bad as well. Different influences and messages than today, but most of radio and TV programming has always been dreck. We remember the “good” stuff, but that good stuff was a very small portion of hours and hours of airtime to fill.

Larry+Darrell
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Yes. Diff’rent Strokes, Brady Bunch, “Johnny” Carson were/are truly unwatchable.

Dennis L
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Where’s your other brother?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN6UAzYY8qg

Toddy Cat
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Personally, I always kind of liked Johnny Carson, but I can see how a younger person wouldn’t. Guess you had to be there…

Toddy Cat
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Dutch, I agree that most of it was garbage, but some of it wasn’t, and even the out and out prole-swill didn’t deliberately show contempt for the audience and their values, the way TV shows do now. I have no doubt that a lot of people felt such contempt, behind the scenes, but they either couldn’t or didn’t display it. The mask has dropped now. It used to be, bad TV was just bad. Now, it’s deliberately offensive. It’s the difference between a guy who accidently steps on your toe because he’s stupid/careless, and a guy deliberately stamping on your… Read more »
Dutch
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The difference between laughing with people, and laughing at them/mocking them. Good point.

Member

Excellent. Not that they don’t respect you. They actually hate you.

Member

You’re absolutely right. Go back and watch those comedy skits on Red Skelton or Jackie Gleason. Boring.

bad guest
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Maybe, but then there was The Honeymooners.

bad guest
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It mostly stunk, but there was a fundamental undertone of decency that pervaded everything. Well that had to go, of course.

Member

You’re not missing much. Mostly bad football and ED commercials.

Karl Horst
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I thought Rome was a pretty good actually. The attention to the little details of everyday life were very well done. If you didn’t follow the “when in Rome” notes you’d miss a lot very interesting references. But you would have to own the DVDs in order to have access to that feature. If you like historical fiction, try “Piece of Cake” based on the book by the same name (circa 1988) about a RAF squadron at the start of the war. Very well done, with a believable cast and story line. To be honest, German television isn’t much better,… Read more »
Karl McHungus
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Karl! Finally got parole, eh 😛

One time, while in the UK, I was watching an episode of Bonanza…dubbed in German: “Hoss!! Mach schnell!!”

Dutch
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Karl Horst (more than one Karl here), have you seen the original “Game, Set, Match” miniseries of the ‘80s, or read the Len Deighton trilogy? I thought it was a very good interpretation of ‘80s Cold War spycraft. But I am not German.

Karl Horst
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@ Dutch – No. I will have to look it up.

Karl McHungus
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Dutch
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Excellent! Len Deighton, the author of the books, hated the miniseries and managed to get it buried for decades. Watch it before YouTube blocks it.

Now I can find out how well the miniseries holds up after all these years. I found the characters much more distinctive and interesting in the miniseries, versus the books.

Toddy+Cat
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It just goes to show, if you too openly display contempt for your audience, they will eventually catch on and quit watching. This was something that the old Hollywood/TV industry knew, but that this generation arrogantly forgot. For example, Johnny Carson was pretty much a stereotypical moderate liberal of his time, but his ironclad rule for the “Tonite Show” was “No serious politics!”, because he knew that that was not what his middle-American audience wanted to watch. Yeah, sure, make a joke about Nixon or Ford, but follow it up with one about Teddy Kennedy or George McGovern. Ditto old… Read more »
Member

Archie was right.

Toddy+Cat
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Agreed. I meant “wrong” from the standpoint of the people making the show.

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Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people. There used to be this network called “ABC Family” which featured pregnant gay tweenagers and teenagers engaged in soft core child porn. They changed their name to “Free Form” because, well, the whole premise of the network is about as anti-family as you can get, and their hypocrisy has its limits I guess. Z, I don’t know if you read to the very end of that Hollywood Reporter link, but there’s this little ditty: “PS Here’s an irony: The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” is at $33 million. It cost around $15 million.… Read more »
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The story behind ABC Family is that it is a continuation of CBN, the old Pat Robertson Christian Broadcast Network. Part of the contract of the original sale of the channel was that they had to keep the channel family oriented and they had to air The 700 Club. They’ve tried over and over to buy out that provision from Robertson, and he’s continued to demand “astronomical” amounts for them to buy him out. He negotiated an iron clad contract from them, and you know it is like ashes in their mouth every time 700 Club airs on their channel.
Garr
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Data — very few of the 200 or so “students” that I “teach” every semester ever see movies or TV shows. Nor do they watch Youtube videos. When I ask them what they do with their free time they don’t remember. I see them scrolling down on their phones a lot, clicking on items, in the lounges or when they’re standing around in groups outside of doorways. These are working-class and sub-working-class NYC kids.

Severian
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In my fairly extensive experience with college “students” (oh yeah, we need the quotation marks), they don’t have the attention span to make it through an entire network tv episode. As the years have gone by, I’ve had to modify my lecture style to the point where my most common phrase is “now, you’ll recall that we said…..” Otherwise they don’t remember what I told them 10 minutes ago, even though they’re apparently writing down every word I say.

Karl McHungus
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And yet they can maintain focus for tens of hours while gaming 🙂

Jim Happles
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I forgot who said, ” History doesn’t repeat itself, but, it rhymes”. Bread/Popcorn, Circuses/Movies, Caesar stabbed in back/ Trump v. GOP. Seems movies today are too far fetched to begin to believe. I used to see advertised -120lb girls throwing around 240lb men and ninjas flipping over elm trees etc. Now it’s black women got us to the moon and Zombies, Alien v Satan, but todays’ graphics would”ve been spectacular 25 yrs ago. On the cultural reference- I heard one – thought it was funny: Big Bang Theory- 1 genius nerd tells another that is annoying him in a non-manly… Read more »
Andrew
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I believe there is a more fundamental problem. In the past, quite often the people writing, directing, producing these things had at least some knowledge of the world. That isn’t the case today. Not too long ago if one wanted to learn something one went to the library. Then you would find the index files, write down the Dewey Decimal number, then hopefully find the book on a shelf. You may find the information you were looking for or you may not. However, you probably learned something else along the way. Today if you need an answer out comes the… Read more »
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Yes. And now the only culture they have is pop culture itself, so there is nothing outside pop culture that people making pop culture can refer to or draw from.

Ivar
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Andrew, one huge problem with that approach is that the Internet is wide, but not deep.

Matt
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Hollywood has long been sending the perception of danger to the world. When we visited friends in South Africa they were surprised we didn’t live like they do (in gated neighborhoods, behind layers of fences, guard/attack dogs) because HOLLYWOOD tells them living in America is far more dangerous.

Dutch
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The problem with “Piece of Cake” was that it was written in the 1980’s about the 1940’s. Go to the period pieces, “Casablanca” is cheesy, and “The Best Years of Our Lives” is preachy, but they have a certain authenticity because they were made in period. There are any number of lesser WW2 fighter pilot movies made during the war to choose from, all rather propagandistic. “Flying Tigers” with John Wayne is ridiculous, but it is an artifact of the era. These movies tell the story of the day, not colored by more modern influences, or the conceit of telling… Read more »
Notsothoreau
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We just binge watched Doc Martin. It’s a good show. I had to work to convince my husband to drop Directv. Now that we’ve been without it for most of the year, he’s adjusted well. We subscribe to Hulu, CBS and Netflix (although I will likely dump Netflix again.) We have an OTA antenna. There’s plenty of stuff to watch, without paying $60 a month for the privilege.

Dutch
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If you liked Doc Martin, look for Lovejoy, another quirky British dramedy with the relationship between two of the leads as a Maguffin.

Karl McHungus
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Or go visit Cornwall. No muslims there either.

Whiskey
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I did a calculation on my blog years ago about when TV tipped to majority female hours — I came up with about 1979 IIRC. The methodology was simplistic, perhaps but easily replicable and adjustable. Go to Wikipedia and look up each Fall TV premiere season. This was the networks’s best guess about what shows would succeed. Total up the hours each night that were male skewing and what were female skewing. Total up the week. This female skewing started in 1968 with the Rural Massacre of CBS’s rural themed shows, rated #1 or so, but with bad, rural demographics.… Read more »
Big Bill
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The odd thing about pop culture references to TV shows is that none of us “get” them (or even notice them) since we never watch the shows. Apparently the word “Shame!” (a catchword shouted by SJWs and Antifa) has something to do with Game of Thrones.

calsdad
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Yes “Shame!” probably comes from Game of Thrones. Since it seems nobody here has watched it – one of the plot lines in the series is that there is a religious order in the capital city – that even has the power to bring down the leaders. When a person violates their moral code – they are paraded thru the streets of the city – naked – and the citizens get to pelt them with rotten vegetables and various body fluids. The person escorting the offender thru those streets is a woman of the religious order – who constantly says… Read more »
pdxr13
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“So yeah – if the Antifah / SJW crowd is yelling shame – that’s likely where they’re getting it from. Which is interesting because it shows you where their heads are at. They probably think they’re playing out some modern version of Dungeons and Dragons.”

Awesome. I prefer reality-based weapons and organization. AntiFa exists because we haven’t rounded them up for sedition, yet. Protests with masks and violence should be met with precision fire and the bullhorn. Hold a spray can, get a free bullet.

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“It is known” is another one from GoT that I see used in comments. It was used in the series by the Dothraki slaves assigned to Dany. She would ask about something, only to be told, “It is known.” Though when I see it in comments, it is usually used in jest.

Brooklyn
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“On the other hand, the apparent crappiness of television shows could simply be a part of the general crappiness of the mass media culture.” The problem in the media is that they had an audience back in the day but didn’t like who they were and drove them off. The mostly male audience who loved stuff like Rockford Files or A-Team (and can still watch it online or in reruns) have decamped for greener pastures and TV scavenges among what is a niche audience of older women. “The sexual harassment hysteria gripping both Hollywood and the news entertainment rackets suggest… Read more »
Toddy Cat
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“The problem in the media is that they had an audience back in the day but didn’t like who they were and drove them off”

Astonishingly enough, this is true…

Tom From RFNJ
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I really liked Rome. The story was exactly as you describe, but I found it reassuring. None of the women in the series had official positions. They were all on the fringe or in the home of a powerful man. The men’s power came from their position and influence as arbiters of force. The women on the other hand wielded a purely informal form of power. They could manipulate, or berate, or cajole their men into doing things, but they could do none themselves. “Woe unto Rufus Tranquillus.” is a truly great line. This I think is closer to the… Read more »
Karl McHungus
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ugly women + gays

Dave
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If you go back and look at the bulk of the so called “second wave” feminists, they were mostly Jewish and frequently lesbians. The ugly part goes without saying.
So a bunch of over credentialed, castrating Jewish shrews, many of them lesbians, made war on normal, Western male/female relations.
Their cohorts in media gave them a platform, and before you know it, the West is crumbling.
They won with barely a fight.

calsdad
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If you really read some serious hard core feminist literature – you wouldn’t think that men were not the true targets. In college three decades ago – I spent serious time in the library stacks tracking down articles by feminists like Andrea Dworkin and her ilk. Make no mistake – the hard core feminists truly hated men. If anything I would say that the feminism espoused by these women was more an effort to get the good looking women away from the men – so they could have them for themselves. Pretty much every single prominent woman in the feminist… Read more »
Dutch
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In my experience, feminists hate everyone, men, women, and especially themselves. I figure there is cosmic justice in having to live 24/7 with people who disgust you.

JerryC
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Felt the same way about Rome. There was some good stuff in it, but too much soap opera crap to keep me watching. All the soap opera stories had an overwhelming Current Year vibe to them, which was doubly annoying. It made the suspension of disbelief impossible to maintain.

Philip Nolan
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I stopped going to the movies 30 years ago because they became too vulgar and obscene, pushing destructive social values. Now, judging from the TV ads the movies all look like CG video games. I stopped watching televised sports about the same time. Just lost interest. I watch some TV, mostly reruns of The Andy Griffith Show, and a few History Channel shows; that’s it. The values of the cultural elites are simply st odds with mine.

Member

Television’s high point was The Dean Martin Show. Been downhill ever since.

Ganderson
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Nah- it was Hogan’s Heroes

GU1
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Hollywood is definitely on its way out, but this is a golden age for television. Granted, network television is awful and caters solely to the lowest common denominator these days.

But HBO, cable television series (e.g. Mad Men), and streaming series (e.g., Netflix series like 13 reasons why) are having quite a heyday. Sure, not “everyone” watches them like the old sitcoms of network TV, but the quality of the shows had never been (on average) higher.

Toddy+Cat
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If you thought “Mad Men” was good, I suppose that it is a golden age of TV. I can remember the tail end of that era, and the show made me want to break things. At best, it was Retro-Pron for Millennials, allowing them to enjoy the superior style, functional sex roles, and higher culture of that era while at the same time feeling superior to it. That kind of condescending crap drives me insane. But, to each his own…

GU1
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Lots of people liked Mad Men because they thought the culture depicted was superior to contemporary America. No sneering involved. I actually think Mad Men was a minor red pill for lots of young white folk. At any rate, it was an entertaining show separate and apart from the nostalgia aspect. Besides the Twilight Zone (original series), I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an “old” TV show that had good acting, sophisticated writing, non-predictable storylines, etc. Plenty of great old movies out there, but TV shows used to be mostly horrible. Don’t let nostalgia for your youth cloud your aesthetic… Read more »
Toddy+Cat
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Well, if “Mad Men” did serve as a red pill for some people, I suppose that it accomplished some good. I still hated it. Anyway, the tastes of generations differ, and probably nowhere more than in entertainment. Most younger people think that older TV shows have bad acting. Most people my age (50’s) don’t think that modern “actors” act at all. I didn’t think that Bob Hope was very funny. My Dad never found one single thing funny about “Monty Python”. I agree with you, older people always have to be on guard with regard to nostalgia for youth. But… Read more »
Karl McHungus
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What about Outer Limits (original series)?

Karl McHungus
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Then you are in for a real treat. See Perry Mason.

Dr. Mabuse
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100 thumbs up for Perry Mason! We watched the entire series, one episode a night for several months. It was terrific. Lots of good acting – many of the actors I recognized from later TV and others from movies. Some seasons were better than others – I think I noticed them getting into a “least likely suspect” rut at one point, where the murderer would turn out to be some guy who passed by on the sidewalk and had one line – but mostly it was great entertainment.

And Colombo never disappoints, at least the original series.

GU1
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I do like Perry Mason, forgot about that one. And I haven’t seen much Colombo, but I’ll admit that show seems pretty good too.

Probably true about generational tastes (especially humor). But I love lots of old movies. Perhaps movies are more timeless and TV is more “of the moment.”

1,000,000 cats
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I read the report at the 4th link. Wow just wow. It’s hard to believe companies can shrug off losses like that. Too much of the same thing for too long. There is only so much eye candy humans can endure. Grandioseness and spectacle are falling out of favor. More cat videos and videogame supplementation I suppose. Someone needs to make the ‘Catch Hillary’ vg. Its a jail simulator game. Two thugs throw her in the slammer.

Ryan
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If you liked any of the older Star Trek shows I’d recommend The Orville. It’s basically the same things, just with jokes instead of technobabble.

Member

Titus Pullo will cut your head off. THIRTEENTH FOREVER!!

Alzaebo
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“Don’t talk like that about the Thirteenth”…!

Karl McHungus
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If anyone here is interested in a laugh out loud parody of “true crime” shows, check out American Vandal on Netflix. The crime being documented? Someone spray painted dicks on 27 teachers’ cars! Absolutely note perfect.

Frank
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Save yourself from watching the new Star Trek series that just came out on Crackle or one of the alternate streaming apps. As a lifelong star trek fan I gave it a shot and just about threw up after watching 20 minutes of it. All the leadership is female, all the crew members are either gay or alien, and the dialog is so obviously written by 20 year old girls that is impossible to watch. I will be interested to hear about anyone else’s reaction to that apparent steaming pile.

Alzaebo
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In twenty years, after the Millenials have carried out their hair-raising revenge on their SJW inquisitors, Lesbian Star Trek will outrank ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ for sheer stupidic camp. And to think, we laughed at the Victorians.

Severian
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Here’s where the conservatives with media savvy — all six of them — could score a major coup. Barriers to entry are pretty low now, and so long as you don’t call the conservative channel The Conservative Channel ™, you could make a killing with a Netflix-type service with original shows that aren’t deviance on parade. Even a remake of “Married with Children” would clean up, provided, again, you don’t emphasize that this is Conservo-TV.

Dutch
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The Hallmark Cannel (all of those old chaste romance chick flicks and family coming home for Christmas Dinner movies) is one of the most watched channels on cable.

Alzaebo
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A recent Frontpage article mirrors Z’s thoughts here. The public is growing tired of “the moral preening…of barking carnies.”

The Left achieved their Eschaton.
A black man was elected President!
When the magic didn’t happen, they hoped a Womyn would finalize the immanentization.
After Her, next would’ve been a tranny.
Or a Muslim. Probably both- except O had that somewhat covered.

So this was the culmination of a century’s schemes? The End of History as we know it?

Their religion is already dead.
Nobody is listening to the Hollywood sermons anymore.

Dutch
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To steal from (I believe) Kurt Schlichter, who called the Left the “Scolditariat”. Our culture is loaded with “Scolditarians”, and we all know who they are. Our latest former president was the biggest Scolditarian of all.

Member

“Don’t immanentize the eschaton”

You are dating yourself.

I guess I am as well.

Mike@Mike.Mike
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An unfortunate staple of HBO original programming is the gratuitous sex that plagues every series, and more specifically the interracial and or gay sex. Good shows were trashed with the inevitable gay angle and accompanying gay sex: Sopranos: the Vito/Jonny-Cakes sub plot. Meadow Sopranos loses her virginity to a half black, half Jew who is so awesome in his mulatto power that he gives Tony Soprano panic attacks. Rome: The Servilla/Octavia plot, plus lots of other gay sex and innuendo amongst minor characters. Interracial sex is not full on S-SA on white woman, but there is Jew on White and… Read more »
Glen Filthie
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What?!?! “Rome” was AWESOME. That was the one with the two guys in it that – everything they came across, they either killed it or f***** it, right? The other good one was Spartacus: Blood And Sand. Shoulda been called Spartacus: Porn & Guts! Clearly Z has no appreciation for fine cinema! Speaking as an obviously low brow dirt person on entertainment – I otherwise agree with you and I will say this about that: as it goes for Hollywood, so it goes for publishing. I had to stop buying fiction because it’s all social justice; plot and theme have… Read more »
Member

“…but they are finally collapsing into dust.”

And none too soon.

Old Timer Boomer Woman
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Old Timer Boomer Woman
It’s all propaganda these days, to brainwashes the masses. Gay is good! African-Americans is good! You see gays on almost every show and the commercials are 50% African-American. Once the tranny crap started, guess what? Out came trannies in shows. That show about 500+ lb fatties? One came out as a tranny. Sorry, hun, you can put on frilly panties, a dress, heels and makeup BUT YOU AREN’T A GIRL! I am one, so I know. Funny how all the m to f trannies all want to play dress up. Many girls/women I know HATE dresses, makeup, heels, and God… Read more »
Old Timer Boomer Woman
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Old Timer Boomer Woman

Forgive the typos. Sometimes the brain sees the word differently than it comes out on the screen. I rely heavily on the edit function at most sites.

calsdad
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Yeah, the SJW crap is really getting old.

It’s become very obvious how hard they’re pushing the black thing and the woman thing. One of the commercials I noted recently was one for Lyft (the car sharing service) which purports to show an Apollo like module circling the Earth with a caption underneath that reads: ” 1971 ” – with a woman and a black man in it.

Ummm …….. no, that’s not what happened.

Tim Newman
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When was the last time you heard someone use a pop culture referenced to a sitcom or network drama?

Game of Thrones gets quoted all the time, but otherwise very rarely.

Jak Black
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The less TV reflects the reality around us, the more it will continue to fail.

bad guest
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Lately I have been watching Univision, the Spanish TV network, to try to improve my Spanish listening comprehension. It’s a good exercise for doing that, but the other night I found myself watching, and enjoying Mira Quien Baila!, roughly the Spanish equivalent of Dancing With The Stars, I suppose, and enjoying it. I say “I suppose,” because I’ve never watched an episode of Dancing With The Stars. In fact, I can’t watch anything on television without getting bored or annoyed except college football. Anyway, when I caught myself enjoying Mira Quien Baila! I pulled up short and asked myself why.… Read more »
Toddy+Cat
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On Univision, as you have noted, the chicks are hot, the guys are handsome, the sex roles tend to be more traditional, the vibe is very heterosexual, and blacks are conspicuous by their absence. So I can see why somebody might prefer to watch it as opposed to the crap on today. As I have said before, if your country is going to be overrun with semi-civilized Third-Worlders, you could de worse than Mexicans. I’d far rather live in Mexico than in Nigeria or Syria, which it looks like is going to be Europe’s fate. But I’d much prefer to… Read more »
Alzaebo
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Fiebre! (Fever)- smokin’ hot latina dancers dressed in dental floss. Thank you God!

And Mexico’s most popular show, the weather news. Why? When that lady turns sideways, half the screen is obscured.

CaptDMO
Guest

Ooo…ooo…I breathlessly await the remake of Gilmore Girls, and Will and Grace!

Drake
Guest

Social Justice Warriors aren’t funny because most things funny are slightly mean and insulting. They are narrow-minded and so puritanical, they self-edit out all their creativity.

Since they have taken over most entertainment venues, it’s no surprise that entertainment absolutely sucks.

LindaF
Guest
Of the relatively new shows: – Bull is pretty good – it tackles a topic – the legal system – from a point of view seldom seen – that of a firm dedicated to getting every advantage (legally), by using shadow juries to tweak their strategy. To be fair, it’s based on an assumption – that you can, by knowing someone’s public information and demographics, predict their vote in a jury room. – Mom is an absolute hoot – two alcoholic/chemical dependents trying to get, and stay, sober. Mom and daughter. MUCH funnier than you would think, and surprisingly un-feminist… Read more »
Alzaebo
Guest

“Mom” sounds like an American version of Britain’s glorious “Absolutely Fabulous”.

Ab Fab was two fortysomethings grabbing all the men, drink, and drugs they could get.

So outrageously un-PC the lads at Oxford renamed the Nelson Mandela hall, “Leona Helmsley Hall”.

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