A New Year’s Television Detour

Jan 1, 2020 | Lifestuff

If you’re only here for the plants and gardening, skip this post. But on this New Year’s Day I’m looking at the offerings on selected television stations and thinking about what they are telling us about 2020. I’m looking at some listings for Prime Time on New Year’s Day 2020, and this writer’s humble take on what this programming is telling us about the year to come.

PBSNature and Great Performances  Look at the natural world or stay in the theatre…anything else will disappoint you, or worse.

CBSEvil, Evil, Evil Try and deny it as you will, but there are dark forces at work.

ABCThe Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Single Parents, Stumptown Take refuge in clichéd television people, because sitcoms and TV dramas keeps things simple and makes sure it all wraps up in 30 to 60 minutes.

FoxFlirty Dancing, Almost Family, Fox News Headline from Exquire: “Flirty Dancing is Proof That America Can Suck the Fun Out of Anything” Nuff said.
Almost Family – An IVF gone wrong series.
Fox News – If you’ve already drunk the Kool-Aid, nothing will convince you. If you’re still thinking for yourself, you’re not watching anyway.

NBCChicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. The future is in the midwest.

MSNBCDateline Old true crime that distracts everyone from what power they might really have to make things better in this world.

HGTVDream Home, Property Brothers, 100 Day Dream Home The only thing anyone should be focusing on is an “open concept” and updated kitchens or baths.

HallmarkChristmas movies…it doesn’t matter which ones. Live in the past.

HBOShutter Island and The Town Criminal intentions or actions all come back to the women involved.

Showtime Little Women and On the Basis of Sex Are woman really powerful, or are we just giving this idea lip service so they’ll start to be quiet?

E – Sex and the City – See Showtime, above.

This reviewer’s conclusion: Turn off the television and download some podcasts. Here are some that I’m listening to:
3rd & Fairfax
Household Name
Milk Street
Freakonomics Radio
Grammar Girl
Knowing Robin Williams
Marketing Over Coffee
On Being
Planet Money
Plantrama
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Scriptnotes
The Writer’s Almanac
This American Life

Happy New Year, and all the best from C.L. 

I’m greeting the New Year with podcasts.

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