Thursday, February 22, 2007
Entertainment Television... One Year Later
In the past I always watched E! News for information on upcoming movies and television shows. I also enjoyed the profiles they would do on actors and creators. It was fluff to a point, but it was informative.
Now I turn on E! News and the first ten minutes are all about the drama. What happened to talking about upcoming projects that really are entertainment? When did it all turn into gossip central?
I can't stand it!
Here is my example of a half hour show back in the day:
1. Open with a breaking story- maybe a marriage or a death... some kind of passage.
2. Interview and scoop on upcoming movie. Example: Hugh Jackman talks about X3 and there are brief montages from the set. Various blurbs and trailer ensue.
3. Television shows are highlighted. We hear about what is on tonight and through out the week. Nielson ratings and casting are discussed.
4, Personality profile on an up and comer.
5. Sneak peek on upcoming movie.
6. Discussion of upcoming album from artist of note. Mention of break-through sales of week.
7. Back to host for a brief time capsule of the week or a year ago.
8. Fashion highlight
9. Show ends.
A Show NOW:
1. Star A dies of weird causes, everybody gossips.
2. Star B goes to rehab. Talk of career in toilet.
3. Star C shows their crotch. Lots of joking ensues.
4. Star D is suing about release of sex tape made while drunk a couple of years ago.
5. Star E is in lawsuit for not showing up to work.
6. Brief talk about American Idol or Dancing with the Stars.
7. Star F died- legendary talent is barely mentioned.
8. Back to Star A's strange death- much more gossip.
9. A look at what's in the tabloids.
10. Who showed nipple "accidently" today.
11. Two minutes about some random movie.
12. One minute about some random television show.
13. Last minute breaking news about Star B in rehab.
14. Dishing star's outfits and calling them trash.
15. The end.
Yikes. What a difference. No wonder I can't relax when I get home and watch entertainment news anymore. It used to be I would get to see a trailer for an upcoming movie I wanted to see and learn more about it's creation. Now I learn about who forgot to wear underwear.
No wonder society is going to hell in a hand basket. If our children are looking to the two women pictured as role models we have a huge problem on our hands.
Obviously it is time to change the channel and find something new to do while unwinding from a long day at work. Maybe I should sharpen knives or do something similar that is less harmful to my mental health!