Saturday, July 14, 2007

Solomon's Weekly Rant: Nick@Nite

Solomon's Weekly Rant
Saturday, July 14, 2007
"Nick at Nite's Crazy Marathons, Editing, and Acquisitions"
By Solomon Davis

Even though Nick@Nite has entertained us for years by acquiring some very classic TV shows, the network still manages to annoy us at the same time with some of its decisions. N@N's biggest problem has been leaving shows out on their schedule all night to get stale by the morning time. No matter how good a show it is I don't think no one wants to see it every night for 5 hours because it's real easy to get bored. And that has happened with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the past couple of months with all the marathons, weekend-thons, and overnight-thons. Stale has replaced Prince when watching the show anytime I stopped laughing at Carlton's goofy dance. N@N has to
know that our stomach can't take STALE FOOD so why have our eyes view STALE TV shows?
The stale N@N schedule started when marathons turned into weekly-thons (one show, 7 days a week, all night) and us viewers stopped being so eager to turn to the network. And N@N has to understand that not everyone is a fan of Fresh Prince and realized some viewers maybe fans of The Cosby Show or Roseanne. I never been a fan of back to back airings of a certain show because you get the same type of comedy with the same jokes and the schedule loses flexibility. Even with the TV shows I have in my collection at home, I never watch the same DVD's over and over again because it will become a "yeah I've seen and heard that before" kind of a evening. If I can be flexible in my apartment with classic TV shows then I know N@N be flexible in how they schedule their nightly lineup. I'm sure whoever is in charge of programming at N@N doesn't go home and watch the same shows over and over again, so why do it to the TV fans? And if they are going to rerun the same shows can they at least be a little smarter when it comes to editing episodes.
N@N editing issues is no where as bad as the station ION but they still tend to annoy us on a higher level of editing. I never understood why they always seem to cut of the FUNNIEST parts to make more room for commercials. We all understand that in syndication there will be cuts but does N@N have to specialize in unfunny editing? They have done this with so many shows like the "classic dance scene" by Jack Tripper in a season 6 episode of Three's Company. I will never forget how disappointed I was to see a large portion of that dance scene deleted when watching that Three's Company episode. I certainly wasn't laughing that night and that's why N@N should
know it is possible make us laugh and make room for commercials at the same time. So I'm just waiting for the day when someone in the N@N editing department is going to say, "how can I make fans laugh FIRST and then make room for commercials?"
N@N has also made a strange acquisition in 2007 by picking up the Bob Saget episodes of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos. I was stunned to see such a silly pick up by the network and I always made sure I grabbed the remote if I turned to the show by a accident. It's not the pick up so much that annoys me so much, it's basically because the show is NOT FUNNY. I've seen some clips on the show and it looked like some people were really HURT in some of those videos and we are supposed to laugh at that? I'm sure not
many of us want to come home from work and watch a dog drag a woman by her hair for entertainment. I guess N@N thinks it's funny going by how many times they have showed the promo this week. I will have to say that America's Funniest Home Videos is the WORST ACQUISITION of the decade by N@N and I'm just waiting to see if the network makes up for this strange acquisition in 2008. It must be the worst pick up of the decade since I would rather watch the other N@N original series that I like to call The Goofiest Mom in America.

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03/03 - CHiPs - The Complete Third Season
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03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Second Season (Shout! Factory)
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Tuesday, March 31

Fresh Off the Boat - "Blind Spot" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jessica's college boyfriend, Oscar Chow (guest star Rex Lee), comes to visit. She’s a bit miffed that Louis isn’t a little more jealous….but she’s got a blind spot and is completely oblivious to the fact that Oscar is gay. Meanwhile, Eddie goes to great lengths to get out of the school science fair.

New Girl - "The Right Thing" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jess crashes a funeral, hoping to delete a “sext” she recently sent to the deceased. Then, Schmidt’s mom, Louise (Nora Dunn), arrives in town for a visit to demand he write thank-you notes for his bar mitzvah gifts, and Winston is desperate to be off-duty friends with his police partner, Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad).

Weird Loners - "Weird Pilot" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Find out what happens when a high-strung romantic, a serial womanizer, a free-spirited heartbreaker and a sheltered man-child are unexpectedly thrust into a Queens, NY, townhouse.

Undataeable - "An Imaginary Torch Walks Into a Bar" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
ustin's (Brent Morin) world is rocked when Nicki (guest star Briga Heelan) returns to Detroit and announces that she's engaged. To prove that he is cool with her moving on, Justin offers up the bar for her engagement party and Danny (Chris D'Elia) helps him make an important realization. Meanwhile, Burski (Rick Glassman) his miguided pursuit of Leslie (Bianca Kajlich), but Candace (Bridgit Mendler) helps the gang see his romantic side.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 30) (All times ET unless noted)

Tuesday, March 31

  • Josh Gad (The Comedians/1600 Penn/Back to You) - Catch Josh on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Comedians on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. He can be heard on The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick on Sirius OutQ channel 106 sometime between 7-11am.
  • Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World/Reno 911!) and Matthew Perry (The Odd Couple/Go On/Mr. Sunshine/Friends) - Thomas and Matthew are guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Rick Glassman, Bianca Kajlich and Ron Funches (Undateable) - Rick, Bianca and Ron are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Chris D'Elia (Undateable/Whitney) - Chris visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on the AOL Build Show.
  • Mario Cantone (Sex and the City) - Mario joins Meredith to chat about the hottest celebrity beauty treatments and if they could be right for you on The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Hilary Duff (Younger/Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristn discusses On the 20th Century on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Elisha Cuthbert (One Big Happy/Happy Endings) and Nick Zano (One Big Happy/What I Like About You) - Elisha and Nick talk about One Big Happy on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. Nick can be heard on Wake Up with Taylor on Sirius Stars channel 109 sometime between 6-9am. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie) - Peter talks about American Odyssey on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Debi Mazar (Younger/Entourage/Working) - Debi can be heard on The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick on Sirius OutQ channel 106 sometime between 7-11am.
  • Sutton Foster and Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Sutton and Nico talk about TV Land's Younger on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Mo'Nique (The Parkers) - Mo'Nique is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Raven-SymonĂ© (That's So Raven/Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/The Cosby Show) - Raven-SymonĂ© guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Caroline guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kal Penn (We Are Men/How I Met Your Mother) - Kal appears on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live at 9am.