Choice = Better Television

I often find myself disagreeing with Scott Pierce, the television columnist at the Deseret News. However, I find his articles usually quite enjoyable to read. However, he is wrong in his latest column. While, I don’t agree with the Parents Television Council‘s effort for more government control of television. I do agree that Cable Television should provide an a-la-carte menu. I don’t think that it should be government mandated, I just wish that private industry would provide an a-la-carte cable option without force. Peirce argues that by creating an a-la-carte style cable system then many of our favorite cable networks

Digital TV and the Hive

A couple of month back, my TV went on the fritz. We weren’t really in a situation to be running out and buying a TV, but as many of you know, it is sort of like my life line. So, not really being able to afford a TV what do you think would I do. Yep, that’s right, I bought an HDTV. Okay. That is not technically correct. It is an ATSC TV. Basically, it is a television, that can receive both analog signals, and digital signals, and it can display HD programming. When I bought it I was hopeful

TeleValues

Well, I have done it.  If you remember, I spent the whole month of may giving my thoughts and opinions on television and the programming.  Well, that lead me to think that I might enjoy writing a blog dedicated to television.  So, I finally put one together.  Actually, I have been working on it for most of the summer. So, I would like to invite you to come on over to TeleValues and especially tell a freind.  To be completely honest. I want this site to be a money maker.  I don’t expect to get rich off of it.  However,

TV – Scripps National Spelling Bee

If you will indulge me for a minute,  I want to go back to TV for just a brief comment. I had a lot of fun sitting with my family and watching the 78th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. It was as good as any professional sport.  There were judging errors; there were eliminations; there were fouls, time outs (bonus time). It came down to a final challenge between a Canadian 8th Grader and Canadian National Spelling Bee Champion, Finola Hackett, and an 8th Grader from New Jersey who has been to the Spelling Bee four time before, Katharine Close.

TV Nostalgia

To wrap up my month long television reviews and criticisms, I would like to end my talking about a couple of “classic” TV shows that I wish were back on the air.  Actually, I don’t know that I want these shows back on the air as much as I want shows like them. The Cosby Show I had to start this list with Bill Cosby.  Of all my childhood memories surrounding television, I remember most wanting to be just like Heathcliff Huxtable when I was a dad.  The man integrated parenting, humor, and good clean fun into every show. In

Broken TV – Marriage

One more thought on bent and broken television before I move on.  I was originally going to include this with my discussion of Without a Trace, but it didn’t seem to fit, and I now feel that it merits it’s own entry. How many television dramas portray happily married couples? As I am writing this the only show that I can think of is Seventh Heaven.  I am sure there are others, but contrast my list to this next one. How man television dramas portray discontent marriages or divorces? My list is: Without a Trace, Law and Order, CSI, Desperate