Feb 23

Olympic Alternatives VIII

You thought I was not serious?

I’m dead serious.  The only way to effect change is through sacrifice (changing your habits) and protest (telling people what you think, publicly).

Plenty of other stuff out on the Hypnotoad.  Just look-

The Hypnotoad.

"Television is a vast wasteland"
hypnotoad

Early Evening Update.

Late Evening Update.

Late Night Update.

Why are you Update?

Here’s a list of things (not comprehensive) I think more worthy of your eyeballs.

Instead of Women’s Curling on USA

8:00 SciFi Jeremiah 4:00
8:00 Oxygen Bad Girls Club 2:00
9:00 Spike CSI 7:00
9:00 TV Land Beverly Hillbillies 1:00
11:30 TCM Topper Takes A Trip 1:00
12:00 AMC The Astronaut Farmer 2:30
12:00 Bravo Groundhog Day 2:00
12:00 ABC Family Full House 1:00
12:00 FX Spin City 1:30
12:00 Lifetime Wife Swap 3:00
12:00 MTV True Life 2:00
12:00 TNT Las Vegas 2:00
12:00 VH-1 Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp 1:00
1:00 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 2:00
1:00 TCM My Favorite Wife 2:30
1:00 TV Land Gunsmoke 2:00
1:00 E! Keeping Up With the Kardashians 3:00
1:00 Discovery Motor City Motors 3:00
2:00 TV Land Bonanza 5:00
2:00 Bravo Real Housewives 5:00
2:00 ABC Family Sabrina the Teenage Witch 3:00
2:00 TNT Cold Case 4:00
2:00 Disney Wizards of Waverly Place 4:00
2:30 TCM The Awful Truth 4:30
2:30 AMC Firewall 5:00

18 HOURS of Bad Girls Club!  Now that’s what I call a marathon!

Stephen Colbert starts his Olympic coverage, and just like he does news better, he does Olympics better.  Ice Penis Zombies!  Better know a Riding.

Firewall was mostly shot in Vancouver, the 4th largest film production city in North America.  Like some of their other newer offerings I’m not sure anything released in 2006 actually qualifies as “classic” unless you think everything Harrison Ford has ever been in meets that definition.

But then how do you explain The Astronaut Farmer?

It’s Cary Grant day on TMC since he’s in My Favorite Wife, The Awful Truth, and both Toppers.  This one is actually the sequel to the original which will be shown later this afternoon, and Cary Grant is not actually in it except in shots recycled from the original.

Ned?  Ned Ryerson?  Is that you?

Instead of Men’s Speed Skating (10km), Women’s Ski Cross, Women’s Biathlon (4 x 6k Relay), and Nordic Combined on NBC or Men’s Hockey on USA

3:00 ABC Family Full House 4:00
3:00 Lifetime Desperate Housewives 6:00
3:00 Discovery Overhaulin 5:00
3:00 TLC Little Couple 9:00
3:30 E! Sleepless in Seattle 6:00
4:00 TNT Law & Order 7:00
4:30 TCM Artists and Models 6:00

Hey what do you know.  A Tom Hanks movie that’s not Philadelphia or Forrest Gump!  Artists and Models is Martin and Lewis if you go for that sort of thing.  In France they think he’s a genius.

Instead of Men’s Curling on CNBC

5:00 ABC Family Gilmore Girls 6:00
5:00 A&E First 48 7:00
5:00 AMC Space Cowboys 8:00
5:00 Bravo Shear Genius 7:00
5:00 Nick Spongebob Squarepants 6:00
5:00 Discovery Cash Cab 7:00
5:30 SciFi Stargate 7:30
5:30 FX The Devil Wears Prada 8:00
6:00 Lifetime Grey’s Anatomy 9:00
6:00 VH-1 Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp 7:00
6:00 TCM Topper 8:00
6:00 USA Law & Order 10:00
7:00 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 8:00
7:00 A&E Criminal Minds 10:00
7:00 Spike Deadliest Warriors 10:00
7:00 Bravo Millionaire Matchmaker 1:00
7:00 ESPN Illinois at Michigan 9:00
7:00 Discovery Dirty Jobs 2:00
7:00 TNT Bones 10:00
7:00 ABC Family America’s Funniest Home Videos 11:00
7:00 Toon Johnny Test 8:00

Cash Cab.  Unfortunately it is up against what is if not the last episode of Gilmore Girls the next to last.  This morning Rory turned down Logan’s proposal.

Millionaire Matchmaker doesn’t really stop, it just starts alternation with Shear Genius.

While I normally associate Leo G. Carroll (Man From U.N.C.L.E) with Topper, that was only on TV and the actor in the film was Roland Young and the marquee star Cary Grant.

Space Cowboys continues AMC’s unfortunate habit of mislabeling movies of recent vintage no matter how big a fan you are of Clint, Tommy Lee, Donald, and James.

This is your last chance to catch Stephen Colbert’s Vancouverage 2010 from Monday.

Instead of Women’s Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Alpine Skiing, and Bobsled on NBC or Men’s Hockey on CNBC

8:00 AMC Forrest Gump (x 2) 2:00
8:00 FX Spiderman 3 11:30
8:00 MSNBC Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow 10:00
8:00 TBS The Office 11:00
8:00 TCM Ruggles of Red Gap 10:00
8:00 Travel Man v. Food 11:00
8:00 USA Law & Order 10:00
8:00 VH-1 RuPaul’s Drag Race 10:00
9:00 ESPN Tennessee @ Florida 11:00
9:00 Lifetime The Pelican Brief 12:00
9:00 Toon Teen Titans 10:00
9:00 TV Land Home Improvement 11:00
9:00 History WW II in HD 11:00
9:00 Comedy South Park 11:00
9:30 Disney Phineas and Ferb 10:30

Well, we’ve been Gumped again.  (x 2).  The Office is the long running American version which is not nearly as good as the 13 episode British series (available on Fridays at midnight as part of Adult Swim’s (Toon) Brit Block) because Steve Carrell’s character can not be allowed to fail as spectacularly as Ricky Gervais’.  There would be no new episodes.

As Fry once said (in Single Female Lawyer) the key to a Situational Comedy is that at the end everything is exactly the same.  Or as Seinfeld put it- No Growth.  No Change.

I don’t think The Pelican Brief is nearly as good (both the book and the movie) as everyone else does.  Ruggles of Red Gap is a reprise of Roland Young from Topper.  Spiderman 3 is about what you would expect.

Instead of Women’s Curling on MSNBC

10:00 TV Guide Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp 2:00
10:00 A&E CSI 12:00
10:00 Comedy South Park 11:00
10:00 TCM One Hour With You 11:00
10:00 TLC Little Couple 12:00
10:00 Toon King of the Hill 11:00
11:00 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 12:00
11:00 Food Good Eats 11:30
11:00 TCM Gigi 1:30
11:00 TNT CSI 1:00
11:00 VH-1 Celebrity Rehab w/ Dr. Drew 1:00
11:00 Toon Family Guy 12:00
11:00 History Patton 360 12:00
11:30 FX I Still Know What you Did Last Summer 1:30

This is now the Maurice Chevalier portion of TCM’s program.  I don’t really like South Park anymore and would much rather watch King of the Hill.

I will probably end up tuning in Patton 360 because I’m a sucker for that type of show, though I may end up with Alton because he’s always good viewing.

This is also the first broadcast of Stephen Colbert’s Vancouverage 2010 Tuesday Edition.  It will repeat at 2:00.

Instead of Bobsled and Biathlon (and Recaps and Repeats) on NBC

12:00 A&E Criminal Minds 2:00
12:00 Comedy South Park 1:00
12:00 Travel Man v. Food 3:00
12:00 USA Burn Notice 1:00
12:00 VH-1 Celebrity Rehab w/ Dr. Drew 1:00
12:30 E! Keeping Up With the Kardashians 2:00
12:30 Lifetime Medium 2:30
1:00 Comedy Futurama 1:30
1:00 History WW II in HD 3:00
1:00 MSNBC Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow 3:00
1:00 TLC Little Couple 3:00
1:00 Toon Moral Orel, Oblongs 2:00
1:00 VH-1 Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp 2:00
1:30 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 2:30
1:30 TCM An American In Paris 3:00
2:00 AMC Space Cowboys 5:00
2:00 A&E CSI 4:00
2:00 Food Good Eats 2:30
2:00 Toon King of the Hill 3:00
2:00 USA Into The Sun 4:00

Instead of Women’s Curling on MSNBC

3:00 Toon Family Guy 4:00
3:00 History Patton 360 4:00
3:00 SciFi Furnace 5:00
3:00 TBS Domino 5:30
3:00 TCM The Barkleys of Broadway 5:30
4:00 TNT Numb3rs 6:00
5:00 Toon Moral Orel, Home Movies 6:00

This part still under construction, expect updates.

All of them far more worth your eyeballs than NBC and its horrible coverage.

This isn’t even political, except for the lesson in activism.

Am I serious?

Dead serious.

Email- nbcolympicsfeedback@nbcuni.com

Oh Rose, have something to eat.

Two hundred thousand years in the future he’s dying, and there’s nothing I can do.

Well, like you said, two hundred thousand years, it’s way off!

But it’s not!  It’s now.  That fight is happening right now!  And he’s fighting for us, for the whole planet, and I’m just sitting here eating chips!

Listen to me!  God knows I have hated that man, but right now I love him, and do you know why?  Cause he did the right thing, he sent you back to me!

But what do I do every day, Mum?  What do I do?  Get up, catch the bus, go to work, come back home, eat chips and go to bed, is that it?!

It’s what the rest of us do.

But I can’t!

Why, cause you’re better than us??

NO, I didn’t mean that!  I just…  But it was.  It was a better life!

And I don’t mean all the travelling, and seeing aliens and spaceships and things, that don’t matter.

The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life.  You know, he showed you too!

That you don’t just give up!  You don’t just let things happen!

You make a stand, you say no, you have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away.

I want to make it very clear that you can use this thread to talk about the Olympics all you like.

I will be watching something else.

And you’re perfectly free to post your own essay, I might even promote it.

But to those who say that it doesn’t matter, that now that NBC has its advertisers ratings mean nothing, you couldn’t be more wrong.  They have guaranteed those advertisers a certain number of eyeballs and if NBC doesn’t make their numbers they have to give their sponsors free advertising until they do.

You have power.  You just have to have the willpower to use it.

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  1. Men’s Curling is done.  The Women have a slim chance if they win out today.

    • pfiore8 on February 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    just so you know . . .

  2. have you got against curling?  I inadvertently invented a new winter sport the other day while watching biathlon.  Some teenagers were asking me how the sport worked and i told them that they have a ski race, and at the end, they shoot each other, and the last one standing, but first to cross the finish line, wins.

    It would be like the Upper Class Twit competition on snow.  What do you think?  X Games, or Olympics?  

  3. Women’s curling was over when Germany conceded before the 8th end.

  4. old movies, one depression era, on TCM. Frank Capra’s ‘It Happened One Night’ which I have never seen and really liked visually. Pretty interesting as we seem to have come full circle back to the robber baron’s disaster economy and it’s era of class stratification. It was a screwball comedy with populist overtones.  This time around however we have no movies which deal with the people’s plight most now are of the distraction ilk full of bright young professionals on cells or violent dark visions of Empire.

    Thanks for the boycott it’s made me get out of a rut TV wise. I discovered the Sundance channel didn’t even know we had it before. I’m kinda boycotting Rachael and KO as how many segments of teabaggers and teh stupid along with Ezra do I need to see. Enough with the pass it, and save us all from Palin it’s getting old and it’s all she’s offering. I already know Beck is crazy. She is omitting any part of the real news that involves the Democrats like the DoJ torture ruling which is Beck’s MO.  All it does is make me yell profanities at the TV and rile me up for bedtime.  

    Husband goes into his lair and follows on the Olympics online. He hates the coverage so it’s no great sacrifice. He really hates the way they cut them up out of sequence and show them time delayed. I get to own the clicker.  

  5. Last episode of Gilmore Girls.  Rory is covering Barack.

    It will repeat at 11:00 am tomorrow.

  6. Canada 9 – 0

  7. in Yahoo TV Listings.

    This was supposed to be Total Recall, instead it’s Predator.

    Well, Aaaaahnold movies suck anyway.

    • TMC on February 24, 2010 at 2:49 am

    U.S. Men’s Hockey Victory Only a Bit Player on NBC

    Hockey is anathema to NBC in prime time. A hockey game cannot be sliced easily into a series of short events, like ski or luge runs, figure skating programs or speedskating races. If the network cannot chop a sport into two-to-five-minute elements framed with a lot of ads, it is not likely to be shown from 7 p.m. to midnight.

    A hockey game lasts at least two and a half hours. NBC never spends two and a half hours on any sport during the Winter or Summer Games. Beach volleyball, with telegenic men and women in bathing suits, is the closest to an exception, but even that sport has natural breaks for commercials.

    Yup, babes in bathing suites beats out bulky Ice Hockey gear. But hey, I really like men’s diving.

    • TMC on February 24, 2010 at 2:56 am

    That Triple Salchow Was Great. Now for More Ads.

    SINCE the Vancouver Winter Games began on Feb. 12, the networks of NBC Universal have presented hundreds of hours of coverage – and thousands of commercials. Here is a look at some of the highlights, sidelights and lowlights of the spots so far.

    OLYMPIC ADS OR AD OLYMPICS? In watching the coverage of the Games, it sometimes seems as if snippets of sports events are occasionally interrupting commercials rather than vice versa.

    It is hard to blame NBC Universal for wanting to put a dent in the loss it expects to incur in covering the Olympics, estimated at $200 million to $250 million. But the plethora of commercial interruptions is often hard to take.

    For instance, on Friday, in just over an hour of prime time on NBC, commercials ran from 9:04 to 9:06 p.m. Eastern time, 9:12 to 9:14, 9:20 to 9:23, 9:32 to 9:34, 9:41 to 9:42, 9:53 to 9:55 and 9:59 to 10:02.

    And on Sunday, in just over an hour of afternoon coverage on NBC, commercials ran from 12:05 p.m. to 12:07, 12:10 to 12:11, 12:12 to 12:14, 12:23 to 12:25, 12:33 to 12:35, 12:43 to 12:45 and 12:58 to 1:01.

    To date, the most commercials stuffed into a single break or pod has been seven.

    The stop-and-go, herky-jerky pattern is so obvious that on Monday, as the NBC coverage of the ice dancing ran past 11 p.m., the delight was evident in an announcer’s voice as he told viewers that the rest of the broadcast would be shown “without commercial interruption.” And for 44 minutes, from 11:13 to 11:57, there were athletes without ads.

    (emphasis mine)

    AS per my family, the commercials allow for bathroom breaks, making more popcorn and cooking dinner.

    • TMC on February 24, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Live Blog: Follow the Women’s Short Program

    Follow all the action on Rings, where Todd Eldredge, the three-time Olympian, will provide analysis from his home in Florida, and Times reporters Jeré Longman and Katie Thomas will send updates and insights from Vancouver and Joanne C. Gerstner and Lynn Zinser add insights

  8. No Olympics until 3.

    I’ll adjust my schedule and see you then.

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