Check it, Peons: Your CNN Humiliation Compartmentalized

Monday, December 20, 2010


I've noticed that a lot of channels I used to love (such as A&E and the History Channel) have drastically changed their programming. They are nothing at all like what they once were. A&E used to have all those wonderful English murder mysteries and Masterpiece Theatre adaptations of classic novels. They were pleasant to watch and great background TV for napping. Now it's filled with shit like "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and "Billy The Exterminator". I doubt their current audience even knows that A&E once stood for "Arts and Entertainment", seeing as how they offer neither now.

Same goes for The History Channel. It used to be my go-to channel for historical mysteries and political documentaries. Now it's jam packed with crap like "Ice Road Truckers" and "Pawn Stars".

Now, I understand these channels need ratings. And perhaps the dull stuff I liked wasn't bringing in the numbers. So, I can't fault them for making these changes.

But it seems to me that TV is so niche oriented these days that there ought to be enough of an audience to sustain The Boring Elitist Channel.
Are you out there TV moguls?
Then check this:
You know all those tedious costume dramas, historical accounts and documentaries? Put 'em all on The Boring Elitist Channel. Make it known that this channel is for uncool, literature/history loving assholes like me. Be unabashed about it. Be loud and proud about your highbrow, elitist TV content. Call it TV for people who like polysyllabic words.

It just might be successful.


LAZ said...

Are they looking for a Director?

Moon Chase said...

I quit TV three years ago when I realized the only channel I cared for was PBS and all their content was online. And (Nobody is immune - even NatGeo has whole days dedicated to 'reality shows). After 24hr Bigfoot mystery marathons on History Channel in 2007 I made that call to Comcast.

Recently there has been a spike of complaints like yours on reddit.

vjdutton said...

Thanks Moon Chase--that'a a good sign. It's nice to know I'm not the only one craving better quality TV.