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History fail

Am I the only one bothered by the fact that The History Channel -- excuse me, "History" -- honored our fallen veterans this Memorial Day weekend with ... a Pawn Stars marathon?

My TV watching time was mostly spent on PBS.



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May. 29th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'd be offended if I cared about the History Channel. I stopped watching it long ago when history no longer mattered. I did tune in to the Gettysburg special, but groaned the whole way through it because they shot it OVERSEAS instead of on the actual battlefield. That's just wrong on so many levels.
May. 30th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
The thing is, I have a TV in dispatch and even get to watch bits and pieces every once in awhile, on quiet nights -- and at 3 a.m. The History Channel is sometimes the only game in town. Still, they were a lot more interesting when all their shows were about, you know, history.
May. 29th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)

HBO did them one better, which is saying a lot, by showing Taking Chance , which is what I watched.
May. 30th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I don't have HBO. *sob*
May. 29th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
no i'm terribly bothered that the only way History, Arts and Entertainment and any of the discovery/learning channels can stay in business is by offering up reality tv shows
May. 30th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
I think the beginning of the end was when people running those channels who cared about the subject in addition to turning a profit were replaced by those who were *only* interested in turning a profit.
May. 30th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
pretty much
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May. 30th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of South Park, but it sounds like they hit the nail on the head. We watched a show just last week about the Nazi's being helped out by ancient aliens, and made fun of it all the way through.
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May. 31st, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I like that idea: If you're going to be offensive anyway, at least offend everyone!
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May. 31st, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Off topic is where the fun starts!
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May. 30th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Those old weapons they bring in ... wow. But I just don't think it's enough to qualify Pawn Stars as the kind of thing that should be shown on a channel with the word "History" in it.

Don't even get me started on SyFy ....
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May. 31st, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm okay with commercials on NPR -- but then, I grew up at a time when it was impossible to fast forward through anything.

Another thing about Pawn Stars and other reality shows is that they're WAY cheaper to produce than scripted programs. Also, I find them to be incredible time saving, since they cut down on the things I want to watch.
May. 29th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Hubby and I were so disgusted with not only the reality show offerings but some of the scripted offerings (and all of the commercials) that we made the only statement we felt could and quit paying for what we consider 'crap'. We got a Roku, pay for Amazon Prime and have the Xbox Live account. Haven't missed "tv" but that could just be us.
May. 30th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
If only we could pick our cable to individual channels ... there are some I really like and/or use (The Weather Channel, for instance, although even they have been taken over by the "Reality" bug) ... being able to pick and choose would make a huge statement. I'm not ready to give it up entirely, especially since I can't pull the local stations in by antenna, but it's close.
May. 30th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)

A what marathon?
May. 30th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Pawn Stars is a "reality" TV show set in a huge pawn shop (I believe it's somewhere in the south). It's run by a family that's moderately interesting, and some of the items brought in are fascinating, but even the antiques they see aren't enough to quality it as a *history* show ... not to mention it has nothing whatsoever to do with remembering our military service members.
May. 30th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
That is so wrong that they didn't show anything that honors vets on History channel especially since it was memorial day. I haven't had cable or satellite dish for years and most the times I don't miss it. I have a Roku and Amazon Prime and Netflix and that works for me. If I really want to see something current I can download it.
May. 30th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I can't pull in the local TV stations well without cable, and that alone is enough to make me keep it for now -- but if we could all pick and choose only the stations we want to watch, maybe some changes for the better would be made.
May. 30th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Another channel - AMC, maybe? I don't remember - did much better. They didn't do documentaries but they did do a war hero movie marathon. I remember seeing "Midway," "Heartbreak Ridge," "Hart's War," and part of "Flags of our Fathers." (Oddly, I don't think they showed a single John Wayne movie. Of course, that made room for all the non-Wayne war hero movies they did show.)

I've noticed in recent year that people are observing Veteran's Day less and less and that Veteran's Day is being conflated with Memorial Day. I find it annoying. (Not annoying that people honor all Veteran's on Memorial Day, but annoying that people are forgetting that the primary purpose of the day has always been to honor those who have given their lives in service of their county. McDonald's remembers! They had their flag at half mast all day Monday.)
May. 31st, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
I don't remember the network myself, now, but I recorded two movies off of it: "Midway" and "The Battle of the Bulge". They should have shown "The Longest Day", since between those three movies would have been everyone who was anyone in Hollywood -- including The Duke.

I agree -- we should keep those two holidays specific.
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