No new coaster shows for Memorial Day :(

Saturday, April 17, 2004 10:31 PM
I was just checking the line up for Discovery Channel's Memorial Day coaster shows and found out that there isn't one this year. They will have American Chopper and American Hotrod reruns. I also checked out TLC and The Travel Channel and they won't have any coaster shows either. The Travel Channel will have a water park's show but that is it. I was looking forward to some new coaster shows this year, oh well. :(
Saturday, April 17, 2004 10:48 PM
That's okay. On Memorial day, most every park will actually be open, so you won't have to watch them on TV.
Saturday, April 17, 2004 11:02 PM
I'm so sick of discovery channel & their american chopper crap & all the stupid spin offs that they're putting out such as american hot rod & get this american beauty shop.

Their programming used to be good but now that they're tyring to be more like TLC(discovery owns that network)with this make over garbage I just don't like the network anymore & would probably like to see discovery channel removed from my cable line up all together.

At least I've got all their old coaster programs on tape so I can just watch them any time & not have to worry about commercials that way.

Sunday, April 18, 2004 12:03 PM
but at least we have a chance [i'm not saying it'll happen for sure, i have no clue] of seeing new rides now.... come a couple months later -- kinda like last year.

I think it's better to show 2004 stuff in 2004 than 2003 stuff in 2004... even if it IS a few months later...

-- alan j

Sunday, April 18, 2004 12:35 PM
That totally sucks.I look forward to that every year. There is hope though as a year or two ago I looked at the online listings and there was something in that time slot where the coaster shows usually are and suddenly a week before they aired they updated all the listings- so you never know.
Sunday, April 18, 2004 2:12 PM
When we were attending Solace, Susan Tierny of Knotts told us of a conversation that she had had with Kiku. It seems that the Discovery channel had not placed any orders for new park shows with Termite Art. If you want to see new ones, contact the Discovery Channel and politely tell them of your feelings on the subject.
Monday, April 19, 2004 8:55 AM
I can't agree with you more BATWING. I do like American Chopper, but they keep playing the same ones over and over and over. They tell you that they will have a new episode next week and then they give you a rerun.

American Hot Rod has only done three cars and they keep showing those over and over.

Monday, April 19, 2004 9:13 AM
As opposed to playing the same coaster shows over and over? ;)
Monday, April 19, 2004 9:37 AM
At least we still have Mythbusters.. ;)

(Of course, that's in repeats too)

Monday, April 19, 2004 9:54 AM
I think that this is a poor choice DC has made. I always looked forward to those shows because they showcased new rides and coasters. Even though it was a year behind. I think I'll go to and complain.
Monday, April 19, 2004 11:14 AM
Have you ever seen TLC's lineup lately? all they ever run is that trading spaces garbage & other shows geared primarilly towards the female audience.

DC(which owns TLC) has capitalized on this by running such shows as monster house(a trading spaces rip off) which grew from Monster garage(the male equivalent of Trading spaces) so it seems that makeover shows & reality building shows are all the rage with DC & their other networks as of now.

The whole American chopper series started because they had been doing motorcycle enthusiast related specials in recent years(there is a market for it just as for coaster shows believe it or not)the host of MG/MH had his own special Motorcycle mania 1 & 2 but his factory went out of business so they busted him down to hosting MG & later MH.

Motorcycle mania was the motorcycle enthusiasts version of making of a coaster(which was a good coaster show BTW) so it seems that motorcycles,cars & house makeovers seem to be all the rage on DC right now.

Back to the coaster shows(or lack thereof) I think the reason why we're not gonna see any this year is because no new rides have been built lately....they can't feature Storm runner for example when they already showed TTD & Xcelerator on last year's program & covering Scream! would be a waste of time when they already featured Medusa east back in 99 when the floorless coaster was first built.

When new rides & types appear in mass numbers is when we'll probably begin to see more coaster related shows produced but for now we can enjoy what they've already given us as long as you've got it on VHS,so just fire up the VCR,sit back & enjoy the show.

Monday, April 19, 2004 11:41 AM
I could be just reading your post wrong, Batwing Fan SFA, but two different people host Monster Garage and Monster House.

Monster Garage is hosted by Jesse James.

Monster House is hosted by Steve Watson.

West Coast Choppers (the Monster Garage hosts shop) is still in business. *** Edited 4/19/2004 3:43:31 PM UTC by Sarah Jackson***

Monday, April 19, 2004 11:43 AM
This isn't exactly 1999 or 2000 when Six Flags was slinging borrowed cash everywhere and Vekoma and Arrow were trying radically new and impractical ideas.

And who's got a problem with Trading Spaces? You've gotta be kidding me! When you're all done riding some little coaster, you do drive HOME somewhere, right? Right?


*** Edited 4/19/2004 9:34:32 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***

Monday, April 19, 2004 11:45 AM
"...all they ever run is that trading spaces garbage & other shows geared primarilly towards the female audience/"

Well, when those shows prove to be ratings juggernauts of course that's what they're going to show. In time redecorating shows will lose favor and whatever the next big thing is will be all they ever show.


Monday, April 19, 2004 12:11 PM
In a country with 70% home ownership? No time soon...
Monday, April 19, 2004 12:39 PM
I'm not so sure. Once everyone figures out that watching redecorating shows is easier than redecorating, the shows may loose some of their luster.

-brian, who is trying to get his house ready for sale.

*** Edited 4/19/2004 4:39:37 PM UTC by Brian Noble***

Monday, April 19, 2004 1:11 PM
I did not get to see the special last year that had Xcelerator or Dragster on it. Is there a link to this old show? If so, can someone post it please?
Monday, April 19, 2004 1:12 PM
Those shows' appeal has nothing to do with decorating, they have to do with people feeling good at the end of the day. That's why Queer Eye is so popular as well.
Monday, April 19, 2004 1:23 PM
I'm with 'playa on this one. Those "how to decorate inexpensively" shows are likely going to stick around a while. No matter your interests, at some point decorating a home or apartment becomes important. Decorating on a budget even MORE so.
Monday, April 19, 2004 1:29 PM
Yeah, but I know tons of people that watch those shows - I don't even despise them- and like Jeff said they don't care about the decorating aspect. The most anyone I know has ever gotten inspired to do is throw some paint on a wall or two. I am not sure that it is all about seeing people feel good either. I know I always love it when people totally despise their room. The shows do have an audience though because every homeowner knows something about and cares a little about their home and decorating it. This is opposed to, say coaster shows, which appeal to a much smaller audience.

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