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The future of TV

July 1, 2006

The future of TV.

What do Bill Maher and Jon Stewart have in common?  Only the future of entertainment.

Overstated?  We’ll see.  

I don’t get to watch a lot of TV as it is produced.  In fact, I seldom if ever, lately, sit down and watch network TV: no American Idol, no Lost, none for me.  This wasn’t always the case.

Before marriage, which quickly moved into parenthood, I watched a lot of TV.  Although I liked to think I discriminated in the content, I really didn’t.  I watched the good, bad and the ugly.  I remember taking a posterboard in college and mapping out the plot relationships  between the central characters on Twin Peaks (go log lady).  I was hooked on the TV.

Something about the exhaustion of a newborn, though, kills the TV bug.  Living an immunized life, now, I have to be even more creative in my TV watching.  I am abetted by the move on cable to running an episode multiple times a day/week (think Monk on USA or Entourage on HBO).   With these instant re-runs, I can, occasionally, catch an episode—always after the fact and often weeks so.  And that is ok.  

Comedy Central has reruns of segments of their shows on their web-video portal The Motherload where I can catch segments of Jon Stewart or Colbert without needing to stay up or watch.  This is more than ok…it is a gods-send.

Bill Maher, having bounced from ABC to HBO is now on Amazon.com.  Who knew?  A fully developed interview show that is broadcast completely on the net called Amazon Fishbowl.  The content seems ok, but the medium is what is really exciting.  Content exactly when I want it.  

15 years after the promises of the net originating, finally some results.


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2 Comments
  1. Teri permalink
    July 3, 2006 12:24 am

    As kids get older, they hijack the TV, instead of your viewing time

    Thanks for the link!

  2. Piss Poor Prof permalink
    July 4, 2006 5:15 pm

    It is not even as kids get older. I can relate, with way too much ease, dialog from a large number of animated features from the last 20 years, including some old-school Disney (Aristocats and Cinderella). I have turned my honed analytical skills from the American West to Incredibles and The Emperor’s Lost Groove.

    And that is ok. With the online web-casts, I caught up on Colbert and Stewart in the tub last night.

    I love technology.

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