Is TV/Film getting worse? My random Entertainment rant!

I'm sitting on my couch home, and I really have nothing to watch! I used to follow all of the HBO shows: Sopranos, Sex in the City, Deadwood, Carnivale, Six Feet Under, all fantastic shows! Now I can't even watch a second of the new ones: True Blood (the acting is sooo bad), Hung (really WTF?), never was a fan of Entourage (aka Sex in the City, but with guys). I feel HBO is lowering their standards. Just put a few sex scenes, blah blah blah, everyone will watch. I remembered when HBO put stuff that wasn't on TV. I give Showtime props for trying as well, (Dexter, Penn and Teller, etc) but even they have their bad shows like Californication, etc.

Not only that I have yet to see a good movie this year in theatres! Transformers 2 was soooo incredibly bad, I felt I needed my money back! And people were clapping in the end, is this world getting stupider???? The horror movies are just as bad. It seems like every horror movie is trying to recycle plot lines and scenes from Saw and The Ring.

Morning TV has always been bad. I was trying to watch the View, but I realized why I had always absolutely hated it, and it wasn't only Elisabeth Hasselback! Where do they get these women? Sherri Sheppard grasp of 3rd grade understanding, and all of these women are just talking over one another. Are these even civilized human beings? I feel like giving up my right to vote after hearing them attempt to converse!

I can't get myself to watch TV/film for the time being, reading, cruising the internet, watching paint dry seems more entertaining right now.

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Comment by Louis Davout on July 30, 2009 at 6:50pm
"Sherri Sheppard grasp of 3rd grade understanding"
You're giving her too much credit.

Comment by Jennifer W on July 30, 2009 at 6:35pm
I really haven't sat down and watched TV, lately. I recorded a bunch of shows on my DVR at the time and everything sucked!! I'm reading a lot now and will probably do that still, even though I'm paying for these crappy channels!!!
Comment by Jay on July 29, 2009 at 6:35pm
The only shows i pretty much watch on tv are the comedy central satirical news shows (Daily Show and Colbert Report), Real Time Bill Maher and some NBA during the school year. I occasionally watch the news but I've been so turned off by them since they hardly report anything and just extend the same story for weeks. I like House but it's not on a lot right now. I also like George Lopez but that show is pretty average.

The HBO series are pretty much crap. Entourage is the same damn script over and over again. hung is boring and just tries to use sex as a viewer-grabber. Not to mention that every documentary channel now is pretty much a disgrace as others have pointed out. The only documentary on PBS is when Neil explains new things in science.

TV has been like this for a long time. A lot of shit with a few gems. And some of the few gems are actually not all that great, just slightly better than what's out there.

I mostly just watch stuff on the internet, like anime (very few are actually good), movies old and new, and comedy stuff from various sites. Also the occasional podcast or two.

As far as movies go, it's always like a cycle imo. Last year was a great year of quality films. This one isn't
Comment by Mike Hein on July 29, 2009 at 5:43pm
I think it's a "buyer's market" to be sure in entertainment. TV requires selectivity because hey, face it, there is a lot of immediate public demand there and comedies and reality TV are what sells at this time. Cycles, as somebody noted.

As for movies, there are always good movies out there. Sometimes it's the big blockbusters because hey, Tom Cruz may be insane but he can act. Ditto for the odd and difficult personalities of Sean Penn and Russell Crowe. Other times, it's just the movie that's 9th down the list of 12 at the cinema.

I don't think entertainment is getting worse. HBO did fall off a bit but if you want a brilliant recent show, watch the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. On Showtime, Nurse Jackie is pretty strong. I watch Leverage on TNT for nice light fare and as usual, Timothy Hutton is good.

Just some thoughts. Cheers,
Comment by JayBarti on July 29, 2009 at 5:29pm
YouTube/Bittorrent/Hulu/BBC iPlayer these are what I use now.

The lack of interesting TV is one of the things that compelled me to move on-line for my viewing entertainment, this was before Deadwood hit (great series). I started browsing the BBC/UK tv shows. Over all the BBC stuff seems to be held to a higher standard level of writing over the American exported stuff we get in Canada (at least 75% of our TV is pure import). The nature series Horizon is what brought me back to watching documentaries again. What PBS nova exports we got in Canada during the late 80's and early 90's were not that good and the CBC produced stuff was so dry, that it was hard to stay interested in.

Sadly I still pay for cable, because sports entertainment (gotta have my soaps) is still not really there in real time yet, at least not at a fair price. Though I am looking hard at NHL centre ice on-line since it is not a terrible deal (at least that what I say to convince myself).
Comment by It's just Matt on July 29, 2009 at 9:14am
Felch brought up a good point, the better the actors and budgets become, the harder it will be to entertain us later on.

One only needs to look at how many movies come out in one month compared to a year a few decades ago. Didn't those same megaplexes have just a few movies showing at a time pre-1960?

The more we have, the more we will want, the more we want, the more we will be disappointed.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on July 28, 2009 at 7:23pm
To be fair, and this is not a defense of big media, The Sopranos and 6 Feet Under did spoil us and set impossible benchmarks. Anything else will look lame by comparison.
Comment by Mel on July 28, 2009 at 5:54pm
Urk, Terminator salvation was too busy ripping off Transformers and Battlestar Gallactica to have enough time for a real plot. And yeah, way too much sunlight.
Comment by Andybabez on July 28, 2009 at 5:32pm
I dont even watch TV here in the UK though its rarely good. The humour seems to have lost its cleverness, reality TV is like watching the CCTV feed live from insode some mental institution, leaving only documentaries and non-state news as the only things worth watching.
Cinema-wise the new Terminator Salvation movie was rubbish, with a crap storyline, though teen Kyle and the T600s stole any scene they were in. It looked too sunny for a post-nuclear holocaust, where was the nuclear winter?
Transformers 2 was a guilty pleasure, crap yet fun. The ex-intelligence guy grumbling about being "a man alone.. betrayed by the country he loves.." amused me. However it took far too much time at the end of the movie for the hero to get to those soldiers.
The Proposal looks like it might be good girlfriend fodder, and I'm looking forward to Alice In Wonderland too!

I think I was spoiled by 80s movies which were just sooo rad lol.
Comment by Mel on July 28, 2009 at 5:13pm
Most of the big-release movies this year have been pretty awful. Try the independent theatres. This year the smaller theatres in my area showed "Easy Virtue" - a brilliant 20's period drama set in an English country estate where the new American wife of the eldest son fails spectatularly to fit in. And "The Stone of Destiny" about some students in the 50's stealing the Scottish Stone of Scone back from the British. 5/5 for both of those, but you wont see either at the mega-centres. :D

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