Everyone knows all of us who "stay at home" for one reason or another do nothing but sit and watch TV right? That was a joke, just for the record. Most people get a chance to watch TV at some point during the day and this week we're going to explore your watching habits! This week's topic is daytime TV!
Heaven knows I prefer working during the day because, quite frankly, the vast majority of daytime TV is a wasteland. LOL
1. Daytime TV: "Gimme my soaps", "Talk shows please", "More of a Game show person", or "Home shows are best!!"
A mix of either game shows or the reality shows on TLC or HGTV like Clean Sweep or While You Were Out. I will occasionally tune in for What Not to Wear so if I were to ever become fashionable, I'd know how.
2. One of the latest trends in Daytime TV is re-runs of 80's & 90's hit shows, what is your favorite that's re-running now? If you don't have one which show would you like to see re-running?
My favorite show to watch in repeats is Seinfeld. It always makes me laugh. In fact, after I finish this, I may go off in search of a couple of repeat episodes of Seinfeld. After that, it has to go to any of the Star Trek series from the 80s and 90s--specifically TNG and DS9. Great stuff.
3. What's your all time favorite day time show?
Price is Right. I used to love the summer break from school when we could watch it every day.
~Bonus~ There's lots of noise about Daytime soaps pushing the limits of what's acceptable on TV, but the soaps claim they're just keeping up with changes in society, so which is it? Are the soaps over the edge? Or has society brought it on itself?
I think that TV, as a whole, has tried to go edgier and edgier to keep the audience from diminishing. I certainly think it's good if it brings up important issues in an intelligent way and gets discussion going. If it's just done to get some quick ratings (such as the woman/woman kiss on Ally McBeal a few years back), then it doesn't really serve any greater good. Edginess without substance behind it is just hollow. It's kind of like what George Lucas said about special effects--special effects without a good story are just speical effects and no one will remember them or care about them tomorrow.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 7/06/2004 05:43:00 PM