Networks should stop writing off viewers

first_imgTHE writers and entertainment-related business will lose money, the studios will lose scripts, but will viewers seeking real quality entertainment be losing anything by the Writers Guild strike? For this viewer, hardly anything will be lost. I don’t blame the writers for wanting to reap some of the profits that the powers that be are making off the Internet and other revenues that weren’t conceived of in the past. But in addition to sharing the eggs laid by the golden goose of the electronic age, maybe it’s time for the writers to also strike for better scripts and for some real entertainment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre They can’t fool me with their insipid, so-called reality shows. What’s real when there’s a camera crew there with food, water and trailers filming everything? How their vast audiences are taken in by this is beyond me. Decades ago, Newton Minnow, then chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, coined the phrase “vast wasteland” to describe television. Today it’s vaster and more wasted, and not in a good, narcotic way. It only takes two hands-worth of fingers to count my favorite look-forward-to entertainment shows. Every Monday night from January on, we have a family countdown waiting for “24” to come on. Now, because of the strike, “24” should be in the can just about the same time its star, Kiefer Sutherland, goes to the can for DUI. That accounts for one network. Sorry, NBC, your shows didn’t come close to making the list. CBS has four with “Jericho,” “N.C.I.S.,” “C.S.I” (the original, not the rip-offs) and “Numbers,” and ABC’s “Boston Legal.” That’s not to say there aren’t other good entertainment shows on; they’re not my shows de soir. Even in the good ol’ “wasteland” days, I could count on almost every night being filled with intelligent adult entertainment in prime time. The bottom line for the networks is that their bottom lines are shrinking, and they better wise up to the fact that many of us want real quality entertainment, not the tripe they’ve been serving up. The second thing is they must stop mucking around with their schedules. Running a show for six episodes and then rerunning it is ridiculous. Pop for some extra shows. They also must stop pre-empting shows for inane specials or sporting events. When I go to ABC at 10 on Tuesday night, I want my James Spader and Bill Shatner to be there, not John Stossel with one of his idiotic exposés. The networks wonder why they are losing viewers in droves. Get a program schedule and stick to it. Sometimes a show is off the air for so long it’s difficult to remember what night is aired. Now if you’ll excuse me while I lie my aching back down for an hour of mindless clicking while I look for something to entertain me. Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more