“The sky is falling on our TV screen….”
Above is a cover of a recent TV listings magazine. Upon seeing this, I had a thought – is there too much doom and gloom on TV today? Have we forgotten how to laugh? This much misery can’t be healthy? Would a more light-hearted story arc be too much hassle? No, let’s just colour everything a miserable grey shall we….
Couple these soaps with one particular teen soap, whose characters these days all seemly appear to be either psychos or home wreckers, and endless re-runs of documentaries about people being stopped at customs/on our roads and the like – they make whole series’ on these. Then there’s one unqualified man, constantly lambasting people who should either be seeing a trained counsellor or keeping their problems behind closed doors, for the ‘entertainment’ of the public.
Just recently, the one saving grace of daytime TV (in my opinion), aside from the usual repeats of sitcoms and Come Dine With Me, was Bradley Walsh’s The Chase. Remember when Saturday night TV was THE night for quality entertainment? Now it’s all voting for people’s futures. All the best programmes seem to be reserved for the later hours in the week now – and this doesn’t include the endless stream of pseudo-reality TV we have to put up with.
Still, as long as we have the likes Dr Who and The Big Bang Theory (I’m a geek, sue me) still coming, I guess it’s not all bad. I think Googlebox has the right idea too – laughing at the utter ridiculoussness of it all.
Can we remember how to smile again?
A tribute to Dr Seuss….
‘Repeats & Spam’
Could you watch daytime TV?
Could you watch it in a tree?
Could you, would you, watch the box?
Could you, would you, in just your socks?
I cannot watch this Jeremy Kyle,
I couldn’t watch it for a while!
I couldn’t watch these spoilt brats,
I couldn’t watch these lovers’ spats!
I cannot watch these orange blokes,
I wouldn’t watch this Hollyoaks!
I couldn’t listen to Walsh or Cowell,
I think their music views are foul!
Could you watch post-watershed?
Would you watch it off your head?
Could you, watch this exaggeration?
Would you, under heavy sedation?
I couldn’t watch these silly soaps,
I couldn’t watch these reality dopes!
I cannot watch this Jersey Shore,
I do not know what this is for!
I will not watch these stupid ad’s,
I will not buy into horrid fads!
I do not wish to make a claim,
I think this money grabbing’s lame!
I cannot watch this Spam-I-Am!
Inspired by ‘Green Eggs & Ham’ by Dr Seuss, and the flashing box in the corner that likes to shout/beam these strange things at us. After randomly coming up with a couple of rhymes, I felt compelled to try to write a whole piece. Written for fun only.
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It’s a funny old language isn’t it? Ever stop to think about the things we say? Such as……
“Well wouldn’t you like to know” – Well yes, that’s kinda why we ask…..
“That’s for me to know and you to find out” – Well that’s where you come in, genius.
“Ah, that would be telling” – Yes, that would be telling, THAT’S WHY WE FRIGGING WELL ASK!!! We ask, you tell, that’s how a conversation works….*sigh*
“Believe you me” – Erm, what? Want to say that again with the words the right way round?
“Basic fail” – Ok, someone help me out here – when people say this, are they being ironic? Is it a joke I’m not getting? Has grammar been thrown out the window?
“Bare jokes” – 😦 . At some stage, “bare” suddenly became another word for “more”………yeah.
“At the end of the day” – Slightly OT, but anyway…..Used to use this regularly (it’s a metaphor that works – I occasionally speak in metaphor. You may have noticed.), but now thanks to a certain J.Kyle’s programme, I try (and sometimes fail) to avoid it. They’ve turned it into a cliched term, which bugs me.
Random thoughts – How long is a donkey’s year? Why exactly is Nora flaming? Who first put Christ on a bike? Just what time do the cows come home?