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A few years ago, I stopped watching tee-vee shows as they air (but clearly never stopped calling TV shows “tee-vee shows”). Instead, I wait until a whole season has concluded before watching. In some cases, I’ll actually wait years until a show has finished airing to watch the whole entire series at once. I enjoy watching two or three episodes at night before I go to sleep…and I don’t like waiting a week between episodes, especially with dramas. I much prefer the Netflix distribution model, where they make all episodes of a season available at once. I hope the networks go to something like that in the future. But, until then, I will keep coming late to the tee-vee party.
This week, Justin and I finished watching Quantico, which was a new show on ABC for the 2015-2016 season. I think it’s worth your valuable time and is a fun show to watch this summer. Justin doesn’t like anything (and missed his calling in life by being born too late to be Mikey from the old Life cereal commercials)…so when even he enjoys a show (despite himself) I know it is something I can safely recommend. Here’s some of what I like about Quantico.
1. Nobody famous is on it. Or, at least, nobody I recognize from anything (except Marcia Cross from Melrose Place/Desperate Housewives, who shows up at one point in a supporting role). Frankly, I don’t like watching famous people on the tee-vee because I have a hard time forgetting who they used to play on something else (or I associate idiotic things they’ve said in real life on the red carpet about politics with whatever character they are playing and I can’t enjoy the show as a result). It was really fun to watch a show with complete unknowns (to me at least). It really helped me like their characters.
2. There are some great twists. I enjoyed this show the way that I liked the first few seasons of 24 back in the day. Every episode had an interesting twist of some kind, with major twists — shocking twists — every few episodes. I thought the show was very brave and felt that every character was expendable and in danger. I can’t remember the last time I felt that way about anything, since the viewer usually assumes the big star will survive. But this show had no big star. I even felt the main character was always in danger (and maybe didn’t make it in the end).
3. I had to keep track in a notebook who the bad guys and suspects were. It’s not that the show was confusing (it’s not), but that it had such interesting twists and shifting allegiances that Justin and I made little Clue-style notepads to try to keep track of who the good guys were, who the bad guys were, who the real good guys were, and who the REALLY bad guys were. I had so much fun trying to figure out the mystery. I love that I was wrong in the end and didn’t peg (XXXXXX) as the mastermind and I never figured out (XXXXXXXXX)’s end game until I saw it all play out in the finale. That was so much fun. I remember being in grade school and reading Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians (back when it was still called Ten Little Indians) and being wowed by the ending. The same with her The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I like books and tee-vee shows that throw me off the trail. I never suspected the mastermind(s?) on Quantico and I never figured out their end game or motive until the end, but now I can look back and see all the clues I should have picked up on. It’s a really fun mystery/thriller of a show.
4. They did some interesting things with political correctness. It’s a network show, so the forced “diversity” was something of a turn-off for Justin. He really complains about that sort of thing being crammed down viewers’ throats. There are Muslim characters on Quantico that at times are very politically correct, where Justin would groan because the show was doing that “not all Muslims are bad” and “you are prejudiced if you don’t pretend that Islam is not an ideology of conquest!” — but at other times the show would very accurately depict Muslims putting the conquest ideology of the Koran and its intolerance of Western culture ahead of assimilating into American society. They very clearly showed Muslims insisting on being colonists in the West, not leaving behind the dysfunctional and medieval culture they left when they immigrated here, and pushing for special treatment because they are Muslim (instead of joining the melting pot and becoming Americans). There’s another show I like most of the time called Bones that Justin refuses to ever watch because every 5th or 6th episode they have a Muslim character (from Iran) on the show and the writers use that as a means of bashing political correctness and submission into the heads of viewers. I just skip the episodes that this character is in, which is easy because he is an intern on the show and only appears a few times a year. I really don’t need to hear the “Islam is a religion of peace” brainwashing propaganda from Bones, so I have an easy way to avoid that by skipping some episodes. Justin at first thought Quantico would be 22-episode of promoting Islam but even he admitted that the show was not aiming to proselytize or scold.
5. It felt like attending FBI training at Quantico. The show operates in an interesting flashback way: half of an episode is set during the characters’ training at Quantico and the other half is set in the “present” long after they have graduated and are out in the field handling a series of high-profile events. There are clues in the flashbacks to what is happening in the present. The mystery is rooted back to their time in training. I thought this was a very interesting narrative device. It was also fun because if a character died in the present, but you liked that person, you would still see her or him on the show in the flashbacks. The training exercises they did in the Quantico facility as they learned how to become agents were also interesting puzzles they had to solve. I actually enjoyed watching their training more than I did the episodes in the present where the mystery was unfolding.
I liked this show enough that I plan on re-watching it again in July, to see all the clues I missed and to analyze more of how the episodes were structured. It was all very clever. The best part was that I didn’t think I would like the show at all. I thought it would be nauseatingly PC and full of “America is bad! Islam is good!” propaganda but I didn’t feel that way at all after watching it. And even Justin liked it, and he doesn’t like much of anything on network tee-vee.
You can watch the whole first season on Amazon.com and ABC.com (or on Hulu, if you have a subscription).
[The creepy reference to SYMPHONY in 1/13/16 article on EW.com by James Hibberd, “Netflix’s Secret TV Ratings Revealed by NBC.”]
Have you heard about a company called SYMPHONY that uses something called “audio content recognition technology” to analyze background sounds via your cell phone?
James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly tossed a casual reference to SYMPHONY in an article he wrote about Netflix recently. Hibberd said that SYMPHONY listens to the background soundtrack on whatever you have on your tee-vee…and apparently this app then figures out what you are watching and makes a note of that. This is how NBC has apparently been able to figure out Netflix’s program ratings. The detective work using SYMPHONY was needed, it seems, because Netflix refuses to release ratings numbers.
NBC then found a way to use this creepy SYMPHONY program to spy on people, listen to what they were watching, figure out what it was, and determine if it was on Netflix.
Hibberd didn’t bother to mention if SYMPHONY is some variant of SkyNet that is now spying on everyone or if SYMPHONY is some sort of voluntary app that people turn on so that a computer program can listen to everything they are doing and analyze it. I have the impression that people aren’t aware that SYMPHONY is doing this; it sounds like this is an app that somehow gets on people’s phones or they are using it for something else and this “audio content recognition technology” is operating without people’s knowledge.
How could NBC obtain accurate ratings for Netflix programming if they were relying only on people who voluntarily allowed SYMPHONY to spy on them?
Wouldn’t people have to NOT know that they were being spied on for them to be honest with their Netflix watching habits?
SYMPHONY is the creepiest thing I have heard about this week for sure. Is anyone else out there curious about what this app does and if it’s voluntary (or somehow hidden and is on your phone right now and you don’t even know about it)?
MSNBC declares Obama the winner of the 2012 presidential election — so don’t even bother thinking of voting for anyone else. Or else you are racist.
This is just so shameless, it would be hilariously funny if it wasn’t so sad: three of MSNBC’s “big thinkers” have declared Obama to be the winner of the 2012 presidential election…largely, it seems, because they consider him “the historic and unprecedented first black president” and they cannot bring themselves to talk about a black man not winning.
I can’t honestly think of how Obama will win in 2012, since all of the hopeychange promises of 2008 were broken long ago, but perhaps the Leftists on MSNBC are just certain voter fraud and intimidation will secure a sound victory for Obama next year and nothing else will matter.
With the success of True Blood on HBO and Modern Family a big hit for ABC, not to mention Halloween just around the corner, NBC’s asked for a pilot for an update of ‘The Munsters” featuring well-known personalities outside the normal casting pool for sitcoms.
Jeff Zucker ran NBC into the ground with his shameless Obama-propaganda drive for the network, and his insistence on making the worst shows possible featuring the most talentless and inept people he could find (remember Heroes?), and in a fascinating business move Comcast, NBC’s new owners, has decided to continue this tradition even after firing Zucker in a desperate bid to raise the network from last place in broadcast ratings.
“Their whole future is bet on John Kerry. He’s the only idea they’ve got,” noted Ophelia Goodies, publicist at large for the LeNa JaBroswki Write-In Campaign in Alaska as well as the new spokes drag queen for NBC Universal. “We currently have Elvira working here as our Director of Digital Content, which is fun, and a good start, but we really want NBC to be known as the “Boring Monsters Network”, which would make it BMN come to think of it, so of course we’re desperate to get John Kerry to sign on board. With all these people jumping ship on the Obama Administration, we figure Kerry might want out of the Senate too, and maybe Thereza can play Lily and they could star together on the show and get up to all sorts of adventures together”.
Rounding out the cast, Goodies believes NBC/BMN will grab up departing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for another key role.
“Well, he thinks he’s going to be Mayor of Chicago, but that’s nuts, he’s not going to win, so I remembered he used to be a ballerina with Julliard so I think he would be perfect as Eddie Munster,” Goodies reported. “This way, we can make the show kind of like a musical, like that GLEE that’s so popular this year, and he can wear his little short pants and scream expletives at people and be super creepy on the air. The cost savings on this hire are amazing, because just like with Kerry, we won’t have to employ many makeup artists since they already look so monstrous to begin with. Word is Nancy Pelosi’s going to be out of a job and looking for work soon too, so Spot’s another roll we can fill with little special effects and makeup required”.
While Goodies didn’t have a date for “The New Munsters” airing, she believes it will be “sometime after November” when so many potential cast members for the show will “suddenly find themselves available for all sorts of interesting new opportunities outside the realm of politics”.
Who else would you cast on this show, or other sitcoms, once they’ve been fired November 2nd and who would they play?
These two men are big Obama Kool-Aid drinkers, and pushed for their respective networks to become Obama cheerleaders in 2008.
Zucker did this, in large part, because he believed betting everything on Obama would mean that, once president, Obama would give big payback perks to GE, NBC’s parent company, and Zucker would look like a major hero to his corporate overlords for increasing their profitability with this newfound love coming from the new White House.
That really didn’t happen though, because Obama does not reward any of those who’ve served him. Their reward, in his mind, should be limited to the joy they get in worshipping at his feet and doing his bidding. SERVICE to “The One” is, thus, it’s own reward.
Klein over at CNN is the dumber of the two network executives, which is saying a lot for anyone who has watched Zucker tear NBC down from the top network to the fourth. FOURTH. That’s staggering. To go from first place to last, while raking in millions of dollars a year in salary. It’s stunning GE let this man get away with it.
But, what did Klein and CNN get for throwing out all credibility in service of Obama?
Aside from tainting their long-established brand, neither of them got anything out of that deal.
Now that Comcast has purchased the networks of NBC, and now that Zucker has been booted to the curb, we’re waiting to see how Obama is served by the media in the days ahead.
It’s clear Obama-worship is not profitable, and will not lead to high ratings.
If either was true, then GE would not have sold money-losing NBC to Comcast, and NBC would have never lost money because its shameless and relentless Obama promotion would have kept the network at number one (provided viewers were as infatuated with Obama as Zucker seemed to believe they were).
Do you think NBC can recover with a new president?
Will CNN ever be seen as anything but a Democrat propaganda channel?
What do you think this bodes for coverage of Obama in the national media for the last two years of his term?
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