Where’s the real entertainment these days? Where’s the TV, and Broadway flare when we need it the most? Were Walter Matthau, and Jack Lemmon living imitations of art, or, as two Grumpy Old Farts, just emulating artful life?
In the late 1960′s I grew up hearing elder peers singing, and shouting quotes from TV shows they grew up on in the 1950′s (Before Reruns Existed) … Then came shows I now remember, and love from the late 1960′s and early 70′s.
In my minute, miniscule world back then…the Big Screen Rock Stars were Cartoon Characters, Super Heroes, and of course, Cowboys. Today, with many networks broadcasting reruns of black and white TV shows from the 1940′s and 50′s, I find myself watching them more than the new shows.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love a few of the so called “Reality” shows, as obviously scripted as they are. Mainly, on occasion, I watch these to see the antique, and collectible items passed across the counter of “Pawn Stars”, or picked from a junk pile on “American Pickers”, or, even carefully dug out from the bottom of stacks of some poor saps bad luck locker, on “Storage Wars”.
Still. As a picker of antique, and collectible items myself for many years, enough to know that no one runs across such sweet, priceless, treasures day after day, week after week, or even in a year, the allure to those type rating rigged shows has left the entertainment longing storage space of my mind picked clean.
As much as I do love seeing those nostalgic items unearthed episode after episode, the reality of such reality shows, is really not real enough to fill the void I have for “Real” T.V… I mean…”Really”?
Recently, after tiring of a fore mentioned type shows, I found myself watching back to back episodes of some of the newer drama, and cop shows. The problem I’ve found with that is…they are all based basically around the same set of circumstances, and themes. Inevitably, regardless if the shows are written by the same people or not, the story lines often mirror one another.
These shows are framed mostly around F.B.I., or some other Government agency teams tracking down unknown suspects based on profiles the team collectively surmises via observing patterns, and applying assumed psychological traits of behavior to the unknown suspects they refer to as the “Unsub”.
One question I kept hearing in my mind while watching these shows is…
“However entertaining watching back to back episodes of stimulating, suspense filled, action packed T.V. is… just how healthy can absorbing the twisted psyche, thoughts, and cruel intentions of 4 or 5 different “Serial Killers” in one sitting be”?
Okay.,. Has anyone seen the remote?
I probably should mention that I do spend as much of my T.V. viewing time as possible listening to a good sound doctrinal sermon, or, history lesson. But, they are getting harder and harder to find it seems.
Nonetheless, all is not lost in my hopes of finding a brand spanking new means of viewable media pleasure and diversion to occupy some of my time…
That’s right…All those black and white, screwball, or colorful slapstick song filled movies your mama used to watch on Saturday afternoons. Well, I never saw them. And, what’s even better is I now know I never knew what I was missing. But, I’m glad I did miss them back then because now, they are ALL Brand New To Me!!! In fact, until this year I had never even seen: “It’s a Wonderful Life”.