What Really Grinds My Gears

You know what really grinds my gears?  The way they do TV shows in the past few years.

First of all, they go out of their way to make sure the cast is "racially diverse".  They have to make sure there's at least one Black character, one Mestizo, and one Asian,  plus the occasional miscellaneous race character like an Indian (from India, not the other kind) or Arab or something.

I say they should just write their damn scripts, then audition actors to play the roles, and then cast whoever had the best audition regardless of race.  I always have said that a business - and a TV show is a business - should not be required to be "racially diverse".  Their duty is to hire the best people they can find.  If the best is always or mostly Whites, that's not our fault.

I also hate how TV PUSHES people about diversity and tolerance.   Now we have interracial couples, Gays, Lesbians, and any manner of perversion you can imagine.  Disgusting!

They also have shows that make heroes out of villains.  Take the show "Breaking Bad".  I never watched it, but I understand that it is about a teacher who discovers he is dying, and wants to make some big money in the time he has left to leave to his family, so he gets involved in drug trafficking.  I don't care what his motives are.  He's a goddam drug dealer and he's destroying people's lives.  He's not a hero.  He's a f-ing criminal and should spend what time he has left in prison.

Then there's the way they format the shows.  Prime Time TV used to have episodes with a beginning, a middle, and an ending.  Each episode was a self-contained story in itself.  Today, each episode is just one segment in a continuing story like a soap opera.  If you miss an episode, you can find yourself totally confused as to what's going on the next time you tune in.  That's aggravating and frustrating.  They only do it that way to get you to keep coming back week after week to find out what happens next.  Back in the day, if you missed an episode, it was no big deal.  You could always catch it during summer reruns.   Not so today.  Most of the shows that do that don't even have summer reruns.  Take the most popular of these shows:  "The Walking Dead".  When the last episode airs in May, that's it until next October.  I believe "Breaking Bad" worked the same way.  The shows that still use the old style format do summer reruns, but not the serials.  Mostly comedies use the old style format.  I guess it can be difficult to do a comedy serial with the exception of "The Last Man On Earth" (which he isn't).

The serials even cheat to stretch out the season by showing about eight episodes, then the have a mid-season break for a month or two, then show another eight and that's it for the year.  I can remember when the standard season was 26 episodes.  Now it's a lousy 16.  The sitcoms have a few more episodes, but then again they are only 30 minutes each while the serials are an hour.  In all fairness, "The Walking Dead" usually has four episodes a year that are 90 minutes - the season premier, mid-season finale, mid-season premier, and season finale.  But that's only the equivalent to two additional one hour episodes making the total 18 per season.

Anyway, ever since the late 70's, TV has steadily gone downhill until, for the most part, it has become a purveyor of garbage, and a propaganda tool for the liberal left.

That's what grinds my gears this week.

Dan 88!