Thursday, February 12, 2009

MyNetwork TV = Quitters

First off, I'm waiting for one more thing and Lucky Dawg will be back on track.

On to the main issue, when the UPN and WB networks combined forces to become one channel, it left a small void. This void soon became MyNetwork Television. I had some hopes for the channel. I remembered when Fox and the WB began, they had some cool things on. Then MyNetwork debutted with some kind of soap operas.

Ugh, it's like watching a new business open very close to your house, hoping it'll be something you want (in my case, a comic book store), and it winds up being another cell phone store. What hell are they thinking about opening a cell phone store? They are like a hydra. Close one store, two more open, but they never last longer than a year.

Back on topic, after the soap opera idea tanked, they moved onto other stuff. Like life in prison and revealing magic trick shows. And there was a Flavor Flav sitcom, which can be described as The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire minus the Fresh Prince and the funny plus Flavor Flav. I watched one episode and that was it. That half hour was pretty much the only time I watched MyNetwork, since I didn't need to know what's happening in jail and I don't want magic to be spoiled.

There was also changes going on the CW. They decided they were going to focus on a primarily teen girl programming. This meant the testostrone filled WWE Smackdown was getting the boot, despite being their consistant ratings grabber. So Smackdown and their ratings moved over to MyNetwork.

I have my reason to watch MyNetwork TV. As for the CW, I DVR Smallville, that's it. I'll also watch Reaper when/if/where it comes back.

Now, you'd think with their ratings going upMyNetwork would begin building their programming around the WWE, much like the cable channel Spike did when they had Monday Night Raw. But it was announced this week that MyNetwork is giving up being considered a network.

So instead of using their new found ratings to build their network, they are just going to play it safe and play movies and Law & Order reruns. As if there isn't enough Law & Order on TV right now. Go ahead and flip through your channels. I'm sure Law & Order is on some channel right now, along with a Nicolas Cage movie.

If you're going to throw in the towel like that, why not throw on something different than L&O, and I don't mean CSI either. Take some cable series that the rabbit ears only audience have never heard of or watched. Shows like Psych, Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice, Nip/Tuck, It's Always Sunny in Philadephia, Rescue Me and perhaps editted versions of Entourage. At least attempt to be daring. If you are going down, go down in a blaze of glory.

1 comment:

  1. Have no fear, Reaper will return on March 3rd at a new time, 8pm. Here's the first S2 trailer, and here's the second. Spread the word! Now that we're going head to head against American Idol, we need all the viewers we can get! If you want more info, all the Reaper news for January can be found at our news blog. Thanks!