Hey, networks and cable companies. STOP RUNNING SHOWS ONE MINUTE PAST THE HOUR. You’re screwing up the rest of my taping schedule. Either I have to miss an important part of another show or I have to go into the menu and individually schedule the program to end at one time and a second program to begin at another time. I will watch more if you stop monkeying around. Ruin my recordings and I have to wait for the DVD release to see all the episodes, which leads to low ratings and puts good shows in jeopardy. For example, Mercy.
Please, PLEASE don’t cancel Mercy. It is on against The Middle, which only shows once a week. I need my comedies and I string together The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Middle and Modern Family on Wednesdays. That is why it suffers. Put it on Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night, Mondays at 9.
Mercy is exceptional. Ok, a lot of it feels like it was stolen directly from Nurse Jackie’s first season (also EXCEPTIONAL), but an Iraq war nurse coming home: this is a good story. As is Nurse Jackie–what an example of amoral behavior and the reasons it is not only sometimes acceptable, sometimes necessary, but works. It is one of the strongest shows on television and it will be a shame if it ends up bumped off the network or bumped off for good. Give Mercy Jay Leno’s time slot. He isn’t using it.
I am livid about the Participate campaign. The ad that got to me most was on The Middle this week. A show where the mom on last week’s episode (on every episode) was so busy that she had to take 15 minutes for herself hiding in the bathroom at work– which was both incredibly inventive and gross at the same time.
I think it is ridiculous to have Patricia Heaton in the show, hitting the nail on the head for how tough life can be, how tight both money and time are in our lives and then on a commercial during that depiction telling us how we need to get out there and volunteer in our communities. It’s just an hour or two. Who has an hour or two? Who? If we have one, we need to spend it cleaning, sleeping or getting a second or third job to buy food and pay a mortgage. Tap some of these people who want to go stand on a beach and spell out 350 for carbon emissions. They obviously have a lot of time on their hands and no concept of its worth. Ask someone who makes more than $9 an hour to give up their only time to see their loved ones or relax.
Do advertisers think we’re all morons? Probably. Probably they are right in many, many cases. I am pissed off about the ads on television, the ones trying to sell us fixes that aren’t fixes for issues that aren’t issues. The two most recent examples: Activia and Jillian’s (The Biggest Loser trainer) cleanse and detox product.
Jillian, I don’t know how you live with yourself. It seems like weekly you are putting out bad information to people who look up to you and depend on your supposed expertise. Can you just answer for me, what our bodies need cleansed? What precisely we are detoxing? Because I haven’t seen it proven anywhere that bodies need any help ridding themselves of whatever you may be referring to as toxins this week. Proof, lady. Proof. Detox is modern snake oil. You should know better. Although the tone and design of your commercials, so like those fad diet commercials, says it all.
Activia, you take two weeks to show a change in digestive health. Um, won’t two weeks pretty much get you past any digestive issue that isn’t going to need medical treatment? Let me answer my own question: Yes. And then, those who ate the yogurt are going to attribute their sudden recovery not to their body’s natural processes, but to the miracle of probiotics and bullshit. Try that, America. Next time you’re irregular, wait two weeks and see if you’re still having issues. You’re welcome. And you didn’t even have to buy my product or consume it daily.