I love television — and I have, since childhood.  However, as I’ve written in past blog articles both here and elsewhere, there’s a lot I don’t like about TV these days — of course, there’s a lot I don’t like about other forms of mass media today, including radio. 
   Part of the problem with the TV industry today stems from the reliance of so-called "Reality TV" programs — with all of them delivering the wrong kind of messages in the worst possible way.  Of course, the main lesson that’s to be learned from such travesties is that so-called "Reality TV" stars end up making fools out of not only themselves, but also the millions of TV viewers who watch them on a weekly basis — and that isn’t a good thing.  Of course, that fact doesn’t bother the producers of such crap, as well as TV network executives — but then, they’re too busy counting the profits made from the ratings success of such shows, ignorant of the fact the so-called "Reality TV" boom will end up as a gigantic bust, which I’m hoping will happen (and sooner).  At least we won’t have Survivor‘s Richard Hatch and his ilk to torment our collected intelligence.
   Money, of course, plays a key role in the modern entertainment industry — and the TV industry is no exception.  However, trying to save money by producing and broadcasting cheap TV shows isn’t always a good idea — the so-called "Reality TV" shows are a good example; another was NBC putting Jay Leno’s short-lived hour-long TV shows on at 10p.m. every weeknight during the 2009-10 prime time season, which only led to disaster, in terms of Nielsen ratings — not to mention Conan O’Brien leaving both The Tonight Show and NBC last month.  This fact would worry me even more, if it weren’t for the fact that (with few exceptions) I don’t even watch late night TV at all, since I’m usually in bed by 10p.m. every night.
   What the TV industry needs to do in order to survive is to streamline — and reinvent itself, otherwise it’ll end up as a media wasteland.  Or in other words: down with so-called "Reality TV" shows (and anything else that’s pointless) — and more quality programming that’ll really bring in the Nielsen ratings (the type that everybody deserves to see — and should see)!  At least, that’s what I’m hoping for (and possibly anyone else who feels the same as I do — or at least they will be, probably after they read this).
John Lavernoich
Winsted, CT
March 15, 2010

About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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