Turn on The Discovery Channel at night, and there will be a 70-75% chance that there will be a show on with the word 'monster' in it. Monster House, Monster Garage, Monster Toilets. Don't get me wrong, I like American Chopper, but over kill, is overkill. I don't really need to see any more marathons of 'monster' anything, or American Chopper. How about this Discovery channel, how about doing a reality type show following the design, and building of a coaster? You can even throw the word 'monster' in it, and call it Monster Coaster, or something like that. Huh? Huh?
Now lets move on to The Home and Garden...errr. I meant The Fashion Channel...errr no... I mean TLC. Ok, Paige Davis is hot, but really, all of these home design shows are the same. Trading Spaces, While you were out, While you were out trading spaces, they are all the Frickin same thing. Do this TLC, combine What not to wear, While you were out, and Trading Spaces in to one show, and call it While you were out trading spaces while trying to figure out What not to Wear. Make it a two hour show, have Paige Davis walk around like she does in tight jeans, low cut top, and have her keep bending down face first in front of the camera so we can continue to get a good view, and give us a Frickin amusement park, or coaster show once in a while. Heck, even once every two months would be nice if you could do that. Please.
The Travel Channel is next. I turn it on over the past couple of week nights and what do I see? No, its not a show about haunted hotels, or Worlds best beaches, or hotels like they continue to show, but....but....THE WORLD TOUR OF POKER!!!! What in the hell does poker have to do with travel??? I want to watch the travel channel and see preferribly (sp) amusement parks, or places to travel to. If I wanted to watch a bunch of old people playing poker, I would just go over to my Grandma's house and watch her, and her friends play poker, and argue all night.
Ok, Im done with my little rant. Now I know that these channels show only what is hot at the time, so there is not much we can do about that, but all I ask is for a new park, or coaster show every year, and please..please no more Cedar Point, or Magic Mountain shows. I have been to Cedar Point, but I have never been to Magic Mountain, but yet I feel like I have visited that park hundreds of times. *** Edited 7/23/2004 4:03:17 AM UTC by SFGamNut68***
Well us Americans have never fancied hockey much anyways. :)
Speak for yourself ;)
As for the a lack of any new coaster shows, it was a combination of business and reality (not too many interesting coasters opened). *** Edited 7/23/2004 7:12:14 AM UTC by beeman65*** *** Edited 7/23/2004 7:12:32 AM UTC by beeman65***
There are 2, count them 2 shows on Discovery's line-up of shows. Ooooh, a lot, huh?
Lack of coaster shows? Not really, they moved them to the fall instead of early in the year so the facts would be real, instead of saying TTD as Xtreme Ride 2004, as it would have if the shows were aired in the spring, but last year they started showing them in the fall and they will continue to do.
About the documenting the design and building of a coaster, been there done that. Discovery Channel (or Travel Channel) aired "Making of a Coaster" showing Lightning Racer and Steel Dragon 2000 from design to opening day. (Discovery wanted to follow Millennium Force's design and such, but Intamin would not allow them in the fabrication facility, or so I have heard). Since they have already done a show like it, why beat a dead horse?
Like Brother Dave said, The World Poker Tour is the highest rated show on the Travel Channel at the moment. Plus, the show is held in Las Vegas, and in terms they can say they promote travel to the Vegas area.
Almost every coaster show you can think of has been done, what more can you do?
*** Edited 7/23/2004 1:57:50 PM UTC by Rctycoon2k***
I'll take the Extreme Rides [fill in the year] shows instead. Those seem to be a lot more balanced.
How about "Extreme Coaster Makeover"? In today's episode we take an old Arrow mega looper from headbanging, neck-snapping pain and turn it into a out of control smooth hypercoaster. *** Edited 7/23/2004 6:59:24 PM UTC by Intamin Fan***
That said, I find most coaster shows to be pretty boring.
There are exceptions - the Cedar Point documentary (World's Largest Amusement Park) was well done and entertaining. I also enjoy a lot of the Disney shows. That's probably because those shows are not just coasters, coasters, coasters.
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I remember having that same though while I was riding Millie.
The other team would set about destroying their rivals attractions rather than repairing them.
Now monster flats on the other hand sounds like a wonderful concept for a park related program.
As for Discovery, I haven't paid as much attention as to what they're playing these days. Although I will say that they are certainly a lot of monster garage type shows. I still enjoy watching the Extreme Rides shows because they're showcasing the latest extreme coasters/thrill rides that we all would like to see. Last year's Extreme Rides 2003 was pretty good because it showed TTD and S:UF, which had not been shown yet and were the latest craze in roller coasters.
And yeah, I still think S:ROS at SFNE needs to get shown on SOME show because that is the highest rated steel roller coaster in the world right now. I have yet to see this ride in all its glory.
TLC used to have some good educational programming back in the day(not just the coaster shows)but now it's just crap & what with the new reality TV craze that's been sweeping the nation it's no suprise that they're trying to cater to that segment of the audience who actually watches that stuff & now even their so called health channel is becoming the same by running nothing but baby shows geared at women all day long(cough a baby story cough).
Now discovery has become the same way....but this time more towards the male audience,monster house for example is just a spin off of monster garage(basically trading spaces meets monster garage)& the whole obbsession with motorcycles(american chopper & it's related spin offs) originated from their motorcycle mania event(kinda like a thrills, chills,spills for motorcycle enthusiasts)which they seem to enjoy running every memorial day in place of extreme rides,top 10 coasters & all the other shows we coaster enthusiasts are interested in seeing & came to expect from them.
Your best bet for coaster shows now is on science channel,or travel channel....occasionally they run these shows from time to time & even though they're repeats is sure beats the lack of good programming on discovery any day.
National Geographic Channel
Tuesday, July 27th at 8PM EST
Ultimate Thrill Rides
It has a (N) symbol for "new", so it looks like NatGeo channel is picking up the shows! (Discovery owns them)
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