If I rolled the tattoo way, the First Amendment and Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution might be emblazoned on my amazing biceps.
It’s a very different television news world today
Two 50-year anniversaries between now and February are emotional touchstones for those old enough to remember. Both events are seminal “I know exactly where I was” moments. And both events were also coming-of-age moments for American television.
Cable television must rise and face the challenge.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve told my journalism students at Syracuse University and Ithaca College that this is one of the most exciting and interesting times to be in the news industry, or a consumer of it. Lots of good things are happening; lots of bad, too. It depends on where you’re sitting.
While tapping into very relatable themes, there isn’t anything like this anywhere else on television.
They’ve not been gone very long, but already we miss fresh episodes of “30 Rock” and “The Office.” But its creators and stars are not far from the news.
More on Saturday Night Live
Well, all right then. Let me take a few steps back, “Saturday Night Live,” and correct a little misunderstanding between you and me.
I Love Lucy Gets Color
Oh, no, look at what we stepped in: The 1980s by way of a TV show that was born in the 1950s. This is soooooo 2013.
We rarely all gather around the one or four TVs in our homes.
“CBS Sunday Morning” featured a tribute piece about Ed Sullivan. It was well timed. It was also nostalgic, remembering an era when boomers and their parents gathered around the only TV set in the house Sunday nights to watch the only thing that mattered that evening across the distance of generations: “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
With all the new bling out there, TV has truly turned into even shorter-attention-span theater. And not just for the viewers.
We have so many fresh options these days from which to get our programming fix that even the programmers have grown ever more impatient.
It’s cheap and easy
For 35 bucks, I couldn’t resist. Because, hello? It’s a gadget; a gadget for your TV that talks to your smartphone, computer or tablet.
TV with a plan is way better TV.
We’re talking episodic TV: series television that comes at its handlers with a course pre-mapped. We don't see it often, but it’s becoming more frequent. I believe the model is “Lost.” The producers came in with a game plan. They mapped out a course for the series — a beginning, middle and, better, an end — and said, yes, it will finish after so many seasons and we have a conclusion.