700 Channels and Nothing To Watch

I don’t watch much TV anymore. I’m not anti-TV; there’s just not much on these days that I want to take the time to sit down and watch. There seems to be a channel for everything these days, but I’m not sure why when they have to air an episode 30 times in a month to fill air time. Have you ever had this experience: You only catch a certain show every few weeks or even months, but when you do, it’s the same episode you saw last time?

And now the networks are just inventing shows to fill air time that have nothing to do with the alleged premise of each network. Cartoon Network started a couple of years ago showing cartoons geared toward adults at night, so that’s one less channel kids can watch when staying up late. Now Cartoon Network is showing live-action movies. They may all be perfectly suitable for kids, but what happened to the Cartoon Network?

Then there’s the off-shoot of Cartoon Network: Boomerang. We used to love this channel. J is 47 and I’m 32 and we loved that we could watch shows that were on when we were kids, and even before. Jack’s 6 and even he has always enjoyed Boomerang. (Not every show, of course, but in general.) Recently, they’ve moved to showing cartoons from the 90s, and even shows that are still airing new episodes, such as What’s New, Scooby-Doo?. WNSD is a cool show, but what’s it doing on Boomerang? Then they have all these idiotic shorts that are new and were written for Boomerang. J and I don’t like them, and even Jack thinks they’re stupid and would rather see shorts from old shows. (Yes, my son knows what “shorts” are. See? A mini-history lesson.) One good thing about Boomerang is that they don’t show product commercials.

Speaking of history, have you watched the History Channel lately? What do Ax Men and Ice Road Truckers have to do with history? The websites say that each show is about the history of these professions. Um, no. I’ve only watched a few minutes of AM, but it was mostly a bunch of guys cussing. I’m pretty sure the history of logging could be covered in one one-hour special. I have watched several episodes of IRT. (No, I don’t know why). I haven’t seen any history on this show. It’s a documentary, ride-along style with a group of truckers who have an extraordinary job, but it would be better suited to the Discovery Channel. (Or the Trucker Channel. I’m sure there is one.)

I liked TV better when I was a kid and we had the TV where you had to use the pliers to change the channel to one of the other two channels. Okay, maybe the pliers weren’t fun, but the shows were better.