Cartoon Network and Coasters!

Monday, June 22, 2009 6:05 AM

Jeff said:
They've been showing it in the "first look" or whatever it's called in the video preview/ads before the previews at various movie chains. I'd like to know why CN is showing non-cartoons. It's like MTV not playing music. Oh wait...

I thought the same thing. I was like "Why are they playing this on CN?" I watched a little of the show before I got bored out of my mind.

As far as Reality TV it became oversaturated years ago. Just when you think the networks have hit the bottom of the barrel they come out with crap that's even worse than the previous crap. It's like Reality shows come from an assembly line.


Monday, June 22, 2009 7:33 AM

Yeaj. How long can they keep making spin-offs of "Law & Order?"

It's like they keep churning out this reality CRAP because they're afraid of the next writers or actor's strike.

Monday, June 22, 2009 8:11 AM

Law & Order is Reality TV? While I agree that it seems every time you turn on the TV you can find an episode of Law & Order, at least most of them are watchable.

Monday, June 22, 2009 8:20 AM

Regulus, I highly doubt that any of the children even paid any attention to the viagra ad until you all made such a big deal about it. Not only that, but don't you think there are adults watching the cartoon network? After all who is there to supervise your kids while they are watching?

I like the Geico Gecko. I want a talking gecko with that accent.

Monday, June 22, 2009 9:25 AM

You're right aboit the Viagra Ad (As well as the Gieco ad) being intended for the Adults who may be supervising the kids, but IMO These kind of Ads SHOULD NOT BE AIRED at times when Children are watching! Parents today must CRINGE whenever a Program their Children are watching goes to Commercials, as there is absolutely no indication of what product is going to be tossed at them next. And it's not always the Networks fault either. Nickleodeon probably did not have Eli Lilly as a Sponsor for Sponge Bob Square Pants on that day I saw the ad. So how did it get on. Simple, The Pharmacutical Companies KNOW their Ads are not always welcome whenever they are aired. A Major Media Company like Viacom may have the Legal Muscle to refuse to carry an ad, and the Pharmacutical Companies know this and therefore do not challenge them. The same cannot be said for the Local Providers. I don't know what the ratio is for Advertising time, but lets say 20 minutes of the hour is Commercials. The Network may allot 8 of these minutes for the Local Companies to air their Ads. It has to be expensive, but the Pharmacutical companies will go ahead and have their Ads aired as part of your providers LOCAL Commercials, because the Local Providers do not have the kind of Legal Muscle to put up a fight if they refuse a company's Ads. That's why you see these kinds of ads on during Childrens Shows. :( There may be hope for this however. There are a couple of proposals floating around in Congress to address these issues. One Proposal would ban all "Adult Product" Ads such as those for "ED" Pills, except between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. Another Proposal, and this is one I'd rather see, would Amend the "V-Chip" Law, which enables parents to set their TV Sets so it would block Programming they didn't want their Children to see, to apply to Commercials as well as Programming. That way if a Pharmacutical Compant insists they have their Ad on during a Kids show, the Parent would be able to block the Ad, so while its on, there would be Silence and a Blank Screen (BSOD). :)

Last edited by Regulus, Monday, June 22, 2009 9:28 AM
Monday, June 22, 2009 10:57 AM

Fee with my cable company for DVR: $5 a month. Very simple choice, if I didnt have an HD package the price would double to a whopping $10 a month a price which I would still pay for.

Only things I watch live now are the news and sports.

Monday, June 22, 2009 10:20 PM

But how much do you pay on top of that? I watch an average of maybe an hour or 2 per day. I can't see myself spending $60-$90 a month on cable or satellite TV. I watch maybe 4 or 5 DVD's a week. That's where all of my TV dollars got to. No commercials too!

Monday, June 22, 2009 11:36 PM

Roughly $130 for cable, internet and phone. Including the HD Sports package, digital cable and a DVR.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 1:01 AM

That's a really good price, Touchdown. I pay almost that for just high speed internet and telephone, including unlimited long distance and all the extras "at no extra charge". lol

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:22 AM

Thats what happens when your cable company is not Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, or Cablevision and is instead a local company. Thank you Buckeye Cable for being the best cable company I will ever have and being the other thing (save being close to CP, KI and South Bend) that I will truely miss next year when I move out of Toledo.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:45 AM

Okay, there a FEW good reailty shows out there, and they ain't on any of the BIG networks.

I'll watch "Deadliest Catch," and "Ice Road Truckers" on a regular basis.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:10 AM

$130 a Month? By keeping your eyes on the Bargain Bins, as well as keeping an eye out for Specials such as Buy One Get One Free that the On-Line Retailers put out you could get 6-12 DVD Box Sets with that money. Each set contains 12-30 Episodes (Usually a Seasons Worth, some Studios sell Half-Seasons) of whatever Show You've purchased. Since I "Cut the Cord" I have accumulated over 12,000 Hours of TV Shows (Mostly "Classic" Programming from the 1960s and 1970s), as well as over 1,300 Movies, all uncut and commercial-free. :) I get my News from the Internet and if there's a Sporting Event I want to watch there's a Family-Friendly Sports Pub within walking distance from my house.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:20 AM

All that money you've saved, and you can't afford a keyboard without a wonky shift key?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:11 AM

Keyboard's getting old, I'll pick up a new one, (And a couple of DVDs) <G> after I get back from my annual Coaster Trip next month! (I'll be visiting Nicklodeon Universe , Valleyfair and Como Park this year.):)

Last edited by Regulus, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:22 PM
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:08 AM

The shows on Discovery are more documentary than they are reality. Reality shows have an intentional set up, whereas docs are simply observing a situation.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:16 PM

Reality shows seldom have anything to do with reality. One of the obstacles to resolving the writers' strike came when the WGA wanted coverage for scriptwriters working on reality shows.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:46 PM

That's a good way to compare the two, Jeff.

Reality shows have to always take two guys who are polar opposites and push them together (like the Klansman and the rap artist) to ensure fireworks. But then they take two girls with the exact same personality to create a b****fest. Gee, what a surprise they don't get along.

The only thing that makes them "reality" shows is that the people on them don't belong to the SAG and they don't get paid union scale.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:24 PM

Jeff beat me to it. As soon as I read that post, that's what I was going to type. Reality TV and documentaries are two different animals.

I have a very friendly relationship with the employees at my local movie rental store. They put a crapload of previously viewed movies up for sale every Monday. I always know what's going to be for sale weeks before they go, and then they hold the movies that I am interested in for me until I get off of work on Monday afternoon.

The best part of this deal is the price. I get 4 movies for $10. I buy about 4 a week, and within the past few years have collected hundreds of DVD's.

The movie rental store has a great selection for me to choose from, but sometimes I just have to give in and buy certain movies brand new at Best Buy. It pays to check Best Buy's ad weekly for amazing deals as well!

On topic, I buy cartoons on DVD I love Avatar: The last Airbender!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:47 PM

I have a "Racket" going around in my City (Daytona Beach area) that enables me to get nearly half my Movies for FREE each year!:)

I placed myself on the Mailing Lists of every Car Dealership with 15 miles of my house. About every 6 weeks on average, one of them will send me a Flyer announcing their latest sale. As an incentative to visit them they will give away Target and Wal-Mart Gift Cards just for showing up. (Usually $5.00 to $10.00, although once I swung one for $50.00.) I pick up my card, make a beeline to the store, and "Relieve" them of a DVD or two. :)

Last edited by Regulus, Wednesday, June 24, 2009 11:20 PM
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 11:30 AM

LK, it's funny because in a past life (ther period before AND after I worked at CP), I DID work at a viedo store (a Movie Gallery in Concord, NH).

We sold the "PVM's" (DVD's that used to be rentals) by the truckload.It was the same way with used video games.

There were times when about half our revenue cam from PVM's & PVG's.


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