I cannot stand what TV Land is becoming. I loved what it once was, a spinoff of Nick at Nite. Nick at Nite was also once a terrific network that aired classic TV all night long: The Donna Reed Show, Dennis the Menace, Car 54 Where Are You. Now they play Home Improvement, Fresh Prince, Cosby Show, Roseanne, Home Improvement, Home Improvement, Fresh Prince, Fresh Prince...
Time was, I looked forward to watching TV Land. It was an oasis of classic tv shows including Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and many more. Now it is in some bizarrre state of flux. It feels like new management has come in and made big changes. Or maybe the powers-that-be want to shake things up to increase ratings.
They are changing, going away from classic TV which once truly was their motif. Now they seem like they're trying to appeal to baby boomers by showing stuff they grew up with and also what they've watched recently.
They have acquired Extreme Makeover Home Edition, in reruns. Come on, guys. Really?
They are creating their own cheesy reality programs. As if we needed more of this sleazy, stupid crud on the tube.
They are buying adult sitcoms of the '90s like Just Shoot Me. Seems odd.
They are playing 1980's movies incessantly and repeatedly. Why? It's not the Movie Land channel.
Their only sponsors lately seem to be motorized wheelchairs (the Jazzy, the Powerchair), life insurance, and anything else that is geared specifically to people in their seventies/eighties. Although this could be my local cable throwing in their own ads; it just gets tiresome because you never see ads for anything but senior stuff.
Puzzlingly, this year TV Land is planning to show modern programs such as Scrubs and Mad About You. Just Shoot Me and Scrubs are adult-themed sitcoms with many sexual innuendos and gags, so TV Land is far from being the family oriented network they once were.
I watch less and less of it. The format is becoming completely unappealing. They grind certain shows into dust by showing them every blessed night for months on end (I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, anyone?). They show more commercials than ever before, as all stations do now, including three to four breaks for advertisements per half hour. This causes them to haphazardly edit (butcher) program content to fit the ads in.
I do hope a new network pops up one day that will show classic television shows like Bewitched, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Dennis the Menace, Batman, and The Lucy Show.
Meantime I have dvd's of some favorite classic programs to keep me satisfied.
I have attempted to contact TV Land and inquire nicely about their format's changes, and to express disappointment, but my efforts go ignored. I've had it with them. And I have a feeling I am not alone in my feelings.
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