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What is the Point in watching a TV Comedy or Drama if the Network decides to pull it arbitrarily off its Programming, especially after we have invested Time, Effort, and Enjoyment watching the Show?

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CULINARY POLITICS-ELEMENTAL NEWS OF THE DAY COMMENTARY-OPINION-SPORTS-FOODSERVICE FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016 BY CHEF GOLDIE MCNAMARA

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I hate to say it but network television has me fed up—it stinks!
Bakersfield, CA, 05-18-2016 Wednesday:  As a consumer of popular television shows, whenever I have the opportunity to watch television, I have to say, “What is the point in watching a drama or comedy series if the folks lurking unseen behind the curtain, pull it before it even has a chance to get up a full head of steam?”  I have no idea who the network TV executives are, but I have enjoyed numerous shows that for some reason all seem to get the ax.  Take for instance, “Crowded,” a show on NBC, I believe that follows “The Carmichael Show,” a great comedy in which, they cover some heady current topics such as gay strip clubs and whether or not someone is gay or not gay all with a great sense of humor.  My hubby and I have enjoyed that show and boom bam; we learn it is going the way of numerous other shows such as “The McCarthy’s” and “Rules of Engagement.”     
We enjoy watching “Grimm,” a very compelling show, one that sinks its hooks into the viewer and has a unique storyline.  We keep hearing that perhaps the show has run its course and that it could disappear and then we hear it has received a reprieve.  However, the two shows that originally followed it, “Dracula,” first and then “Constantine,” went off after one season apiece. 
We spent time, effort, and involvement with the characters and then we hear that they are going the way of the dinosaur.  Who decides this stuff and WHY?  No one ever calls me and asks my opinion as to what shows I like or dislike so how the heck do the executives know which show they plan to slash and burn? 
Other shows that we have enjoyed were ones such as “American Odyssey,” “Believe,” and “Allegiance,” some of which did not even make it to the end of the season—again, WHY did the network execs pull the shows—I enjoyed them as did many of my friends and acquaintances.  It takes effort to get into a story, to come to understand or to identify with the characters so why then do the people that spend big sums of money to make a show decide to pull it?
One of the problems we have with television is that there are innumerable platforms now for people to find and view shows, which leads to unclear viewership numbers in my opinion.  We have not only the paid channels but we also have Netflix, Amazon, and other media providers competing for the same available dollars. 
The shows that seem to do extremely well are those that show lots of sex, deviant lifestyles, and other negative imagery that seems to attract wider audiences.  Take for instance any show on HBO, Showtime, Starz, or any of the others, there is so much gay sex stuffed into each of them that one would think that ‘he or she is square’ because they are not boning a same sex partner.  I am sorry, that is not a true panorama of life today and yet, it is what the networks want to stuff down the throats of the young and the vulnerable.
I know that the week before last week, Kilgore talked about the big Fox TV hit show, “Empire,” that there is so much gay interaction and simulated sex that it detracts from watching the musical drama.  Can we not leave something for the imagination instead of putting it out there for the viewers when the show comes on at NINE O’CLOCK AT NIGHT on the West Coast?  They know how many young people watch the show and yet, it is ‘in your face, folks, we want you to see how the rich and famous live their lives.’ 
Now, “Empire” is in no danger of going anywhere although the storyline is fairly simple, Lucius Lyon doing his utmost to screw his family and his family trying to remain one-step ahead of him.  In between, we have some music and lots of fornication but especially between the men on the show.  Jimmy was correct when he pointed out that most black folks do not choose that path or that if they do they submerge it deep below the surface of their lives.  They do not go around bragging about it or advertising it and yet, there it is IN YOUR FACE—LIKE A RECRUITMENT TOOL!
Back to the shows that we liked, “The Bridge” and “The Bastard Executioner” were both top quality shows and yet, after two seasons for the former and one for the latter, both of them went ‘bye bye.’  The first had all of the necessary ‘bells and whistles’ while the only thing wrong with the latter is that creator Kurt Sutter did not dumb down the language for the young and ignorant.  The Millennials know the hokey made-up language “Klingon” from Star Trek better than they know early English—still, it was not a reason to scrap the show, just retool it, so to speak. 
In my home, w e have concluded that we are damned tired of taking the time to invest interest into a television program only to have it disappear without so much as warning, which would allow us to bail out sooner.  Therefore, we will buy entire seasons of shows we think look ‘good’ and then watch them in binge sessions.  By doing that and by also by streaming Netflix movies, TV shows, and their own in-house shows, we can give up watching television and better yet, the damned commercials. 
At some point, the people who spend time, effort, money, and whatever else will wake up and figure out that people do watch their shows that not everything has to watch flipping reality shows, and that if you give us good product, we will support you.  Conversely, if you give us crap in which, everyone having sex has it with a same-sex partner—unless there is a reason for it—then we will abandon you. 
Please leave your comments, we always welcome them here at the AICP-END Blog and please join me over at the secondary blog today. 
Thank you.      
Goldfish
Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara
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This is me back in 1977 when I was working at the Hilton Inn in Bakersfield, CA, on Rosedale Highway.  In the 1980’s, it was the Red Lion Inn but back then, I was the night sous chef and ran the cook's line at the age of 24.  I’ve had the privilege of working in Texas, Arizona, and elsewhere in California but have always returned home to Bakersfield.  Currently, I am at one of the five country clubs.
Chef Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara writes from Bakersfield, CA.

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05-18-2016 W Political Topics and Essays, Part DCCXLIV: “What is the Point in watching a TV Comedy or Drama if the Network decides to pull it arbitrarily off its Programming, especially after we have invested Time, Effort, and Enjoyment watching the Show?” by Chef Goldie McNamara.    
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TODAY IN HISTORY—MAY 18, 2016:

YES featuring Rick Wakeman:
  1. 1096: On their way to do battle in the Holy Land, Crusaders massacre the Jews of the city of Worms.
  2. 1268: The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.
  3. 1291: The Sultan of Egypt and his son take the last Christian stronghold of Acre along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
  4. 1642: French colonists founded the Canadian city of Montreal on this date.
  5. 1652: Rhode Island becomes the first colony to make slavery illegal.
  6. 1765: A fire on this date in history destroyed about one-fourth of the Canadian city of Montreal.
  7. 1803: England declares war on Napoleon Bonaparte’s France after he continues meddling in neighboring Italy and Switzerland.
  8. 1804: The people of France declare Napoleon Bonaparte “Emperor.”
  9. 1860: The Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln of Illinois as its presidential candidate.
  10. 1863: The Siege of Vicksburg began during the Civil War ending July 04, with a Union victory.
  11. 1896: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), in Plessey v. Ferguson, endorsed the “separate but equal” racial segregation; a concept renounced 58 years later in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
  12. 1900: Great Britain makes the island of Tonga a British protectorate.
  13. 1910: Hailey’s Comet passed by the earth, brushing it with its tail
  14. 1918: At Oakdale, Pennsylvania, an explosion at a TNT factory kills 200 and injures many more.
  15. 1926: Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, California; however, she reappeared more than a month later, saying she had escaped after being kidnapped and held for ransom.
  16. 1933: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  17. 1933: The U.S. Congress passes the “Lindbergh Act,” which makes kidnapping a capital crime.
  18. 1940German troops occupy the city of Brussels, Belgium.
  19. 1944: During World War II, Allied forces finally occupied Monte Cassino in Italy after a four-month struggle with Axis troops.  Meanwhile, the Soviet Union begins expelling the Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazi occupiers. 
  20. 1948: During the war of Israel’s independence, the Saudi Arabians join the fight by invading IsraelThe Arab Legion captures the fort atop Mt. Scopus.
  21. 1949: Future famed keyboardist with the British band, Yes--Rick Wakeman—was born in England. 
  22. 1953: Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet over Rogers Dry Lake, California.
  23. 1969: Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Thomas F. Stafford and John W. Young blasted off aboard Apollo 10 on a mission to orbit the moon.
  24. 1973: Harvard University law professor Archibald Cox was appointed Watergate special prosecutor by U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson.
  25. 1974: India conducted its first nuclear test explosion.
  26. 1978: Italy legalizes abortion.
  27. 1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington State exploded, leaving 57 dead or missing.
  28. 1991: Helen Sharman became the first Briton to rocket into space as she flew aboard a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft with two cosmonauts on an eight-day mission to the Mir Space Station.
  29. 1994: Israeli troops completed their withdrawal from the Gaza Strip as Palestinian authorities took control.
  30. 2003: A Hamas suicide attacker disguised as an observant Jew killed seven Israeli bus passengers.  Elsewhere, Pope John Paul II celebrated his 83rd birthday with an open-air Mass and requests for prayers so he could continue his papacy.  Finally, “Les Miserables” closed on Broadway after more than 16 years and 6,680 performances.  
  31. 2004: Former New York City fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen and former police chief Bernard Kerik, lionized after the 9/11 attack, came under harsh criticism from some members of the September 11 commission who said there had been an initial lack of cooperation between their departments.  Elsewhere in the world, stunning supporters, Sonia Gandhi announced she would “humbly decline” to be the next prime minister of India.  In the U.S., Randy Johnson, at age 40, became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game; the lefty retired all 27 batters to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0. 
  32. 2011: The United States made noise about punishing the government of Bashar al-Assad of Syria for ‘crimes’ committed against innocent people during the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War/Uprising/Insurgency.
  33. 2012: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German opera singer and baritone, dies at the age of 86.
  34. 2013: Rome witnesses 100,000 people in the streets protesting the austerity measures the government intends to implement; the people demand jobs.
  35. 2014: In Switzerland, the voters reject a ballot measure raising the minimum wage to $25 an hour American; had the measure passed, the rate would have been the highest in Europe.
  36. 2015: According to Brainy History, President Barack Obama bans the use of certain military equipment by police in the wake of recent deaths of unarmed black men by police officers; the move is meant to help communities see police as protectors rather than as an “occupied force.”




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