Monday, January 7, 2008

I'm Lost...But Trying To Find My Way

After watching yesterday's episode of Desperate Housewives, I got to thinking.

With the abundance of reality programming coming to a boob tube near you in the upcoming months, I started to think that ABC screwed up (again) with their programming.

They've had 24 hours a day of programming to fill. Let's face it, they haven't really been doing a great job of it lately. I mean, 'cmon, which
Neanderthal in the ABC Studios actually thought that Cavemen would make for Must See TV?

So, now that the strike has forced all of the networks to come up with creative programming, why didn't they have the foresight to do reruns of their GOOD shows?

They were lucky to have eight (I think) episodes of Lost filmed before the Writer's strike occurred. Great. But 8 hours of good TV
is certainly just a drop in the bucket. And after last year's chopped up season (three mini seasons just so they could make sure to hit every Sweeps Week available) and the extra long wait for season 4, many loyal Lost fans have decided that they don't even remember enough about what happened last to put it on their TiVo Queue.

I'm not one of those. I'm looking forward to Season 4. But hell, I couldn't even remember anything about what happened last May when the last episode aired.

So why isn't ABC using this time of dismal programming to rerun the series in its entirety straight through. Half of their viewers use a DVR nowadays, so they could run maybe 2 or 3 episodes a week. Run repeats at odd hours, too. Just get the show back on the TV and keep pumping the fact that Season 4 starts in a few weeks. Anything is better than watching American Gladiator, right?

Fortunately, ABC DID do something right. They put the whole series up on the Internet...for free, I might add...just to accommodate the junkie in all of us. I don't have time to watch season 1 or 2, but I started season 3 tonight and plan to have a total rehash by January 30th.

Jack and Sawyer and Kate...come to mama.

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