Sunday, February 16, 2014

Remember When CBS Was The Old People's Network?

This morning, I read this article on the internet and it greatly upset me for several reasons. One, of course 2 Broke Girls is "shallow." It's a sitcom for God sakes! 

Two, in what universe is  How I Met Your Mother any where near as good a show let alone better then Big Bang Theory? The premise is ludicrous.  It would not take more than 6 episodes to tell you how my father met my mother and that would be if I included the courtship, wedding AND honeymoon where my father fell asleep and my mother ate 5 tuna fish sandwiches. All 3 of which I will point out HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW THEY MET as they would have already done so at that point. Also, unless the father has dementia, or is just demented, why the hell would he start his story years earlier than he needed to? My father's first marriage isn't important to their story and dates he went on in-between have never been brought up... Now, if they call the show Bunch of Friends Who Frequent A Bar... Oh, wait. That sounds familiar...

Now, Big Bang Theory actually makes sense.  Check out my "Movie and TV News" list on Twitter.  Be a fly on the wall during discussions I've had with my cousin or college roommate.  You know the paintball episodes? My father told me the Math department had softball tournaments at Penn State versus other departments back in the late '70's. It could very well be paint ball now.

Though she went about it wrong, Britt Hayes' point of a low female presence on CBS is a correct one.  I myself have mentioned how on NCIS (Original Recipe), just about everyone's father has appeared but, aside from Lily Tomlin appearing as McGee's grandmother, there's been no mothers that I can remember. They're on their third token female agent in 11 years.  Marg Helgenberger's CSI character was formerly a stripper. Sure her character on Intelligence is in charge of a semi-important government agency but her father is a big wig in the US's intelligence community so nepotism is naturally implied...

I could go on on how CBS is not alone in this respect but I won't.  (Personally, I think it was the blatant attempt to get female viewers by adding "relationship drama" that killed Killer Women on ABC...) Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? I think the fact we're discussing CBS who's entertainment division is run by a woman (Nina Tassler) answers that question...

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