How many homes have DVR / Tivo in the US? I think it would be great if every home did have them, so TV shows could run all year round. I know I do not expect them to make 52 episodes of Two and Half Men ( go to work every week..how dare I). What I would like to see is the networks using the summer to put on good shows, not just new shows that work during sweeps. Why must 24 run from January to May? Would it not be cool if it were on May to September? They the TV executives would say that viewer ship is much lower in the summer, which must be true as you can stay outside longer and later. My proposal for the new summer schedule is if you have a DVR you can record the show and watch when you do get in. I only say this because, as every May concludes so do all the shows. They have their big finale’s, I feel a void that there is nothing left to watch. Yes, I will watch some shows over the summer that as of this post I have no idea what they are. I would just like to see the TV schedule jumbled up a bit. Would it not have been better to see Jericho return to air now then when it did? Would it not be better to have a Law & Order (anyone of them) have new show in the summer then to compete against the other two. I was hoping that the eight weeks lost to the writers strike would open the executive’s eyes to this kind of a bold new horizon. This of course can only be fostered in a DVR environment or an On-Demand programming schedule. Let hope for more open-minded thinking to these ideas so our summer TV is not just lame reruns, animal-testi eating reality shows, and shows that could no make it during sweeps.
Tea512 – Daytona Beach – Growing up in the northeast, the summer is the best time of year. The other nine months of the year are hit or miss weather wise, mostly miss. Therefore, we all try to get away from cabin fever by escaping to warm weather places. I took a trip many years ago to on a red eye to Daytona Beach, Florida. I booked a hotel right on the water and could not wait for the sunrise to see the ocean. We have ocean here but it does not look as clear blue as it does in Florida. When I awoke the next morning, moving out on to the balcony, I could not believe what I was seeing. There were cars driving down the beach. These were not lifeguard patrol vehicles; they were passenger cars with people cruising down the coastline. This was one of the coolest things ever. I also knew at that moment even though I had only a rented Chevy Corsica; I needed a photo of my driving on that golden sand. Today I read a story from Orlando News that cars are sinking on the beach. It says the sand has become like powder, since there has been months with little or no rain. The problem has been getting worse of the last few years. I had not thought about this in a long time. If you can get to Daytona Beach watching the cars drive on the beach is something that will make you want get in line for a cruise. Since Daytona is full of gear heads, to begin with most of the cars on the beach are muscle cars, or the latest sports cars of the lot. There is nothing better than sitting on the balcony looking down at half naked people roasting in the sun, while cool cherry cars are driving by. I hope they get it fixed soon, it was one of those things, you do not think about, but once I remembered a smile came across my face and warm spot returned to my heart.
Mediabistro is reporting that for the 77th consecutive month, the Fox News Channel finished first in total day and prime time ratings during May. Even more then that the channel is the sixth highest rated cable network on all of basic cable during prime time for the month. Where are the other you might ask, CNN finished 19th and MSNBC was 26th. The viewers are flocking in droves. They also had eleven of the top thirteen programs on cable in May. The O’Reilly Factor was the highest rated program in cable news This was the 90th consecutive month that this had happened. Fair and balanced maybe the slogan as most on the left think they are totally to far right. If that is the case people just love getting their news from FNC as well as enjoy the hosts, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren was number one, 73 months running so was Hannity & Colmes for their 54th consecutive month. This I believe comes under the same heading as why talk radio is more right wing and left leaning formats like Air America cannot get any traction. To generalize, people listen to talk radio because they want to stay on top of the news and give their own opinion. People on the left would prefer to listen to the top 40 hits of the day or Steve Miller for instance singing “Fly like an Eagle” for the 100,000 time. These same people that listen to talk radio watch news all night, while the people on the left watch prime time shows. I am hoping to make a valid point without sounding crass; the left like popular culture, the right like to be up to date on current affairs. These numbers prove this to be true somewhat.