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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