I seriously don’t even know why I watch TV any more. 90% of it is crap and the 10% I enjoy usually gets cancelled.
Syfy channel, really? You show wrestling! Honestly, what were you thinking?
Stargate Universe, cancelled.
Walking Dead, mini-series only, WTF.
BBQ Pitmasters, cancelled.
Special Ops Missions, cancelled.
Solving History, cancelled.
The Colony, not renewed for a 3rd season.
And that’s what I could think of off the top of my head. Don’t even get me started on classics like Firefly, Farscape, Sports Night or the giant cluster fuck with Futurama.
Apprently what the general public “needs” is more shitty semi-reality shows on Discovery and History. There hasn’t been a new episode of Man vs Wild in ages but there’s new Ghost Hunter or Swamp People crap every damn week. Bullshit like Pawn Stars, Ancient Aliens and Monster Quest are allowed to be on TV but the History channel cancels documentary shows like Solving History with Olly Steeds, or History of the Pyramids all the time.
Why do I even watch TV anymore? Seriously. SyFy is right, you’re not allowed to be called SciFi anymore. The History Channel should be changed to just “Paranoia TV” based on how many “End of the World” specials they air. The Discovery Channel could become simply “Reality TV” and just show specials on the dumbest most back-woods morons they can find.
You know what’s in my “series” list on my DVR? Here, I’ll literally copy and paste:
Alaska State Troopers
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (BBC, not Fox)
The Big Bang Theory
The Daily Show
The only real standouts in that bunch are Archer, funny adult cartoon on FX, NOVA because it actually still contains science (take notes Discovery Channel!), The Big Bang Theory because nerd humor is still fun, and Top Gear which is always a classic. Mythbusters, Kitchen Nightmares, The Killing and White Collar are all on the bubble and have nearly been deleted from my list. Stargate Universe is cancelled and the others either long running staples (Daily Show) or mild curiosities (Alaska State Troopers).
I could honestly watch 6 channels and be completely happy. American TV, you have completely failed as an institution. I hope you’re happy. Enjoy your ad-revenue in hell.
I’m going to go read a book. FYI, Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, very solid book. Thanks for the recommendation Jason!
Woohoo! Spin! The follow up is disappointing to say the least. The third in the trilogy drops soon. I’ll get it but I won’t be happy about it.
lol. Gotcha, that’s good to know. I’ve been reading a lot of Jack Campbell’s “The Lost Fleet” series. Very military sci-fi, but it’s good, really liked it so far. Got through the first 3 books, working on the 4th. I’ve also been told that I “need” to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, but it’s more fantasy based and I just haven’t been in the mood yet.
Not a fan of Fringe or Castle? Also, I thought Walking Dead had been picked up for a second run.
And apparently I’m one of the few people who really didn’t mind that SG:U was cancelled. If I wanted BSG, I’d watch BSG. Give me a Stargate that feels like a Stargate, please.
I tired Fringe and just found it to be a newer version of the X-files, at least the episodes or two I watched was. It was ok. Tried Castle too, obviously a fan of the actors, but the plots just seemed so thin.
Maybe that’s my problem. I never watched BSG. I actually liked SGU for the fact that it was different from the other Stargate shows. It was kind of a Lost + StarTrek thing, it just happen to have a gate in it. I do agree that they kinda mis-stepped with the recent us vs. machines thing, but I think the announcement to cancel it came as a surprise and they really didn’t know how else to end it. Kinda sad. Had so much potential. Group of misfits, jumping from system to system, meeting strange new aliens, killing them. It could have been like StarTrek… just with a broken ass ship. Oh well.