In past blog articles, I’ve explained what I don’t like on TV, including so-called “Reality TV” programs and certain commercials that are probably more suited to forcing unrepentant terrorist suspects to confess to their crimes (and probably more effective than waterboarding).  But does this mean that I’ve given up on TV completely?  In a word — no, mainly because there’s still a lot that the medium has to offer.  For example:

* Nearly every show that airs on PBS, including Nature, Nova, American  Experience, and American Masters — the kind of programs that not only matter, but also entertain and enlighten.  In other words, the kind of TV shows that never insult your intelligence — unlike the cast of Jersey Shore, who should be jailed for both offending and embarrassing all Italian-Americans, even those who don’t watch MTV (I know I don’t — at least for the forseeable present).

* Many of the programs on the History Channel, which deal with actual history, including World War II (partly because my late father fought in it).  However, the sooner the History Channel gets rid of Pawn Stars, Ax-Men, etc. — the better off it (and we) will be.

* CNN, mainly because it is fair and balanced when it comes to reporting the news — something that MSNBC and Fox News is unable to do, mainly because both stick to only one view, which should give you an idea about the current state of TV news.  Then again, it also gives you a good idea why our country’s political situation is screwed up (I mostly blame the political TV and radio hosts for this).

* The Weather Channel, partly because I take my interest in weather forecasts very seriously, not only on TV and radio, but also the Internet.  And considering where I’ve lived for the past for the past 45-plus years, you definitely have to take this kind of interest seriously (especially during the winter months).

* Turner Classic Movies — the kind of movie channel devoted to showing and respecting classic movies, and the kind without any commercial interruption, which is what American Movie Classics used to do before they strayed away from its original concept and showed mostly less-than-classic movies.

   John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (, as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (, Facebook (, MySpace (, and Twitter (

©2011 John Lavernoich.


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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