Hey, TV-centric Writery Wonks - I am NOT you!
Current mood: miffed
Category: miffed Movies, TV, Celebrities
often have occasion to say that I don't watch much TV. It's true,
but I don't say it with any sense of superiority, not at all.
[Now, some of you may not believe that. In fact you're almost
certainly staring at the screen with head cocked in
confused-puppy-mode, but hear me out! My arrogance goes way
beyond recreational habits... ;-) ] Thanks to PCs and the
internet, I just lack the patience anymore to sit watching most video,
unless I deliberately set aside time to take in a movie (and even then,
the remote is always ready to hand).
That said, I do have one
very longstanding beef with one particular TV show. Far too may
times I've seen a good house party come to a screeching crashing halt
at 11:30 pm on a Saturday. Conversations stop, literally
mid-sentence, when that first sketch starts, as everyone waits with
bated breath - for that one line they all know is coming. The
sketch develops, with the fish-out-of-water guest host stumbling along,
not quite keeping up with the veteran cast, until, however awkwardly it
has to be worked in, there is that line... "Live, from New York,
it's..." THE END OF YOUR PREVIOUSLY LIVE SATURDAY NIGHT.
So, I was badly miffed to read this line in a news story this morning,
"... higher ratings for the NBC program and increased traffic on its Web site where early-to-bed viewers catch the talked-about sketches in the days after".
Excuse me, pal! Sorry that I couldn't take a break from watching
a live band or shooting pool with a comely lass or giving tequila
lessons to the whole bar. What I have always said about SNL is
this: If I can't find anything better to do by that time on a Saturday night, I might as well get some sleep.
By Van Halen
Release date: By 1995-01-24
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