2008-08-12 18:07:20 UTC
would have pledge drives through every single really good episode they
show. I just stopped bothering, except for the rare shows (like the
Memorial Day Concert).
Smokie Darling (Annie)
(Quoted from the Sci-fi thread)
The North Carolina PBS stations here are not autonomous and all show the
same thing at the same time. Needless to say, the idiots in charge not only
have no sense of humor, but are showing the same old tired old junk over and
I got spoiled by a year in Lewiston, Idaho. We got two PBS stations on
cable, one from Spokane, Washington and the other from Moscow, Idaho. Each
had the same national programming and different independent programs. I got
addicted to one called "The Red Green Show" which was like a more brutal
version of home improvement meets Hee Haw. Paul Gross had a re-occurring
role on it, as I recall, and the re-occurring motto was "If you can't be
handsome, be handy." Mandy, my daughter wanted their "re-cycled tire" girls
bedroom as it was totally gross and awesome as well.
On the Spokane PBS station the full afternoon was how to shows culminating
with "the Red Green Show." The Moscow station had similar programs, but
were in different order and included one or two that were directed at home
crafts as well culminating in "The Red Green Show." Needless to say, my
Saturday viewing flipped between the two stations. The evenings included
different comedies than the usual PBS fare including one about a
restaurateur and anther about a couple trying to work their lives out with
lots of differences between them and major animosity from her side of the
family. I laughed myself silly on both of them. The Spokane PBS showed
their mystery shows on Saturday night and it was hard to choose between the
two stations. I got Mike addicted to "Red Dwarf" from the Moscow station.
I also introduced them to Monty Python and Dr Who from the Spokane station.
Moscow showed the "All Creatures Great and Small" series and we were glued
to the set.
Ok, I raised a couple of red necked intellectual snobs. They were well
rounded and carry on with my love for the ridiculous and fascination with
the classics of all kinds.
Cut to here. I've seen one Red Green show. It was shown during one of the
three annual sweeps months NC PBS has. It was the "Duct Tape Forever" movie
and garnered enough support that it was given an encore performance. I
really hoped that it would mean that Red Green had pierced the hides of the
wine and cheese snobs that run the shows here, but nope. We weren't that
lucky. Saturday afternoons include victory garden, an encore performance of
Antiques Road Show (great, it frees my Monday nights so that I can watch
"The Closer" and "Saving Grace" and not worry about missing them) Rick
Steve's Europe which never shows enough to get more than a taste of maybe I
want to go there, a couple of BBQ shows, Ask This Old House, Woodwrights
workshop, Norm's tool showcase, This Old House, and Carolina Outdoorsman.
We watch "Antiques Roadshow" then flip it over to whatever Rob finds
interesting (an eclectic mix to be polite) then, hopefully back to "Ask This
Old House" then on to whatever tickles Rob's fancy. We don't bother with
Saturday night programming as it is mostly the same old stuff they've been
showing over and over for at least eleven years that we know of.
NC's PBS station keeps going on and on about needing funding for new
programs that they tease us with and never buy, although they almost always
make their pledge goals with extra on the side. The few good shows that
we've seen are the national ones that usually are shown during the summer
and rarely at good hours. I suspect that most of the pledge money they get
goes to rent the shows for the next pledge drive in four months. Pledge
drives are held every December, March, and June. There may be a mini drive
or two in there, but I don't watch it. I used to donate to PBS, but don't
anymore because the money never seems to go to real quality programs.
Pam S. dyspeptic