The future of TV
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.