Monday, June 4, 2012

WDIV: "We believe everything we hear" edition

The link says it all:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

WDIV still sucks Edition

Hey, a storm went through earlier. So what does WDIV do? They continue their coverage into the return of Community! Who makes Detroit television suck? The answer is once again, as it is so very often, WDIV.

See people hating WDIV on Facebook:

And they just turned it on halfway through the episode. Meaning they are uninterested in showing us the entire episode. We should give it right back to them. Every time we can.

WDIV must be replaced.

Friday, August 26, 2011

WJBK: Kiss WIth a Fist Edition

January, 2009. WJBK, Fox 2's morning show was running fluff re: Obama's forthcoming inauguration. It's a morning show, it's not news. And Deena Centofanti is in the segment, and that helps me give things quite a lot of slack usually. But then we get this.

The trouble isn't the funnyness. That was awesome. I actually saw this live, and it was jaw on the floor funny. The trouble lies in Dr. Terri Orbach, The Love Doctor. While she was being touted as a relationship expert, not a sex doctor as such, the idea that you could be promoting someone as a relationship expert who is so distanced from sexual knowledge that she doesn't know what fisting is constitutes a slap in the face to the idea that relationships involve sex. That Detroit television was promoting such a person as a relationship expert was what sucked.

On the plus side, Deena obviously knew the score, and made sure to clarify by bumping fists later in the segment (which was also funny, but doesn't seem to be in the YouTube clips).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WDIV: A Guy From Survivor Can Bump Network Programming Edition

WDIV's Marla Drutz was proud to ditch network programming December 2009 for a film from Keith Famie (that Detroit area chef from Survivor) called "Detroit - Our Greatest Generation".

The impression I get from that post is it was decided over a weekend in October 2010 to bump a Wednesday's prime time programming for a repeat of the show. But perhaps that was spin somewhere along the line.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

WJBK: Disgraced (Journalist?) Edition

The trouble with Fanchon Stinger was not that she was a corrupt journalist. It's that Detroit television (and print) treats a news reader as a journalist.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

WXON: The Babylon Project Was Their Best Hope to Not Suck

Today we have a blast from the TV past. Channel 20, WXON at the time (now WMYD), ran the syndicated Babylon 5. It was the only worthwhile show on the station in the mid-'90s. It ran Tuesdays at 8... for awhile.

In September 1996, they moved it to 1Am Saturday nights. This wasn't a problem for me at the time; it followed Saturday Night Live, and I wasn't old enough for that to be a problem. Plus, the VCR could catch it. It wasn't about to get any new viewers at that time slot, of course, and that was sad, but it was workable.

And then, without warning, for the climactic episodes of a season of war, before anyone at all had DVRs and programmable channel guides that followed their shows, before people had YouTube or Hulu or even torrents, WXON changed the show to 4AM Friday night/Saturday morning. That's right; changed it, without notice, to a time before it would normally have aired, to a timeslot that no one was likely to check. For a key episode. The episode was even named "Endgame".

I guess programmers expect no one to remember that kind of treatment of viewers.

It's 13 years on, and I still remember it.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

WDIV: Not Mad About You Edition

The Paul Reiser Show premiered last week. But WDIV is pre-empting the second episode with a weather fear mongering special hosted by Chuck Gaidica. Chuck sounds like he's never read text out loud before.
Hope Paul Reiser wasn't hoping for any momentum in Detroit. Because Marla Drutz's reign certainly won't allow it.