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Redemption Accomplished and Applied
Redemption Accomplished and Applied
by John Murray

Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Apparently television network executives can't figure out why fewer people are watching TV these days. Maybe I can help them out: TV shows are terrible.
Returning hit shows like "Friends" and "E.R." are losing significant numbers of viewers from previous years.
Yeah, because "E.R." covered all possible dramatic emergency room situations years ago, and the angsty twenty-somethings from "Friends" are now pushing middle age and still telling the same old jokes.
"Skin," a Romeo-and-Juliet story set against the backdrop of the adult entertainment industry...posted crushingly disappointing numbers.
Everyone has seen a hundred different variations of Romeo and Juliet, but one set in a porno? Seriously, who could think this was a good idea for broadcast television? "Two households, both alike in dignity, except when getting paid to have sex on camera." I don't think so.
The poor performance of "The Next Joe Millionaire" could not be attributed to the shortfall in young men because all categories of viewers that once liked it seem to have stayed away.
"Survivor" was insulting and degrading, but at least it was original. But now, we've endured seven seasons of "Survivor", plus "The Amazing Race", "Joe Millionaire", "Who Wants to Marry A Millionaire", "Fear Factor", "American Idol", "Average Joe", "The Bachelor", "Big Brother 1, 2, 3 and 4", "The Mole", "The Real World 1-14", "Road Rules 1-12", "Temptation Island", and on and on and on. Of course people don't want to watch "The Next Joe Millionaire"; reality TV without originality is simply insulting and degrading.

You want me to watch more television? Stop recycling 1999's good ideas and try being original or intelligent, or at least funny.

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